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Lair of Dreams and the American Dream (Spoilers)
19th century / 20th century / books / dreams / historical fantasy

Lair of Dreams and the American Dream (Spoilers)

Just as I was starting school at the end of August, Libba Bray’s long-awaited Lair of Dreams hit shelves. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of pretty much anything she writes, and The Diviners, a sprawling historical thriller set in the 1920s, set my expectations high for her new series. Luckily, Lair of Dreams delivers, delving into fascinating … Continue reading

The Past is a Foreign Country. And You Can Never Go Back.
historical fiction / living history

The Past is a Foreign Country. And You Can Never Go Back.

A few weeks ago Sarah A. Chrisman published an article on Vox provocatively titled, “I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it.” In it, Chrisman describes how she and her husband have recreated the Victorian era as much as possible, from wearing period-appropriate clothing in their 19th-century Washington State house to washing … Continue reading

(Some of) My Favorite Books: YA Historical Fantasy
books / historical fantasy

(Some of) My Favorite Books: YA Historical Fantasy

Writing about some of my favorite YA historicals got me thinking about my other favorite genre: historical fantasy. There’s something so freeing and fun about a great fantasy romp through, say, an alternate London, where girls wield formidable magical powers and the dead come back to life. I’ve touched on a few YA historical fantasies in my … Continue reading

Afternoon Adventure: Newport, RI
19th century / afternoon adventure / books / newport / research / rhode island / television

Afternoon Adventure: Newport, RI

I love Newport. It’s one of my favorite things about living in Rhode Island: drive 45 minutes and you’re in the middle of a gorgeous port city, filled with historic houses and fun restaurants and bracing sea air. When my sister visits in the spring or summer, we often try to fit in a trip to … Continue reading