Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Here’s our roundup of the best that ladyblogland had to offer.

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Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013 – A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This was the one book on the Man Booker Prize shortlist that I wasn’t particularly excited about. But then it was right there in front of me in the library, so it moved up on my reading list. Afterwards, I still wasn’t particularly excited about it. So here I am, trying to put my feelings of meh-ness into coherent sentences.

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News Appetizers with A Lot of Bad News

Welcome to the Friday news roundup. I’m afraid there’s not a lot of good out there, though if it bleeds it leads, so perhaps good things are happening, but they aren’t pushing through.

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Book Review: “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson

World War II has always been one of my great fascinations. Guiltily, I always declare that World War II is the “best” period in history, but of course what I mean is that it’s the best period to be studied. Read More Book Review: “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson

The Not-So-Glorious Side of Glorious 39

There’s a strange phenomenon that is a sad combination of naiveté and nostalgia. I see it often on social media. Let’s call it the Midnight in Paris effect, and just as in that film, if you could go back in time, your idolization of that time period would disappear pretty quickly. Read More The Not-So-Glorious Side of Glorious 39

Badass Ladies of History: Decca Mitford, Part 2

When we last left our heroes, Decca and Esmond were grieving the death of their infant daughter Julia. Months after their daughter’s death, the Romillys decided to emigrate to the United States. In loving Esmond, Decca lost her father, her closest sisters, many material comforts she was accustomed to, and suffered the death of a child. Would she be also willing to give up her home country? To Decca, if she was with Esmond, fighting “the good fight,” she was in the best home she would ever know.
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We Try It: Glorious 39

Glorious 39 should have been my favorite movie. In fact, it seemed as if it could have been made just for me: Romola Garai, David Tennant, and Bill Nighy all had leading roles, it took place on the eve of WWII, and it featured old English country estates. Read More We Try It: Glorious 39