New Post at Thornfield Hall Redux: The Planned Parenthood Book Sale Goes Modern

Founded in 1961 in Des Moines, The Planned Parenthood Book Sale is a melee of collectors, common readers, and book scouts who jostle between church-supper tables to compete for obscure Mrs. Oliphants and omnibus editions of Bess Streeter Aldrich. But there has been a shift from old books to newish best-sellers. Is it worth attending for a reader like me?

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My New Favorite Book: J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s “The Rose and the Key”

I’ve loved Le Fanu’s Uncle Silas for decades, so you you will not be surprised to learn that my new favorite book is Le Fanu’s little-read The Rose and the Key. Mind you, I do not claim it is a great novel.  Parts are brilliant, parts are draggy and dull. And yet I loved it from the beginning, with its ornate description of “a summer sunset, over a broad heath.” Maud, the impulsive heroine, and her good-humored elderly cousin, Miss Max, are enjoying a sketching tour.

Here is the link to the new post at Thornfield Hall Redux .