Archive: Evelyn Small

Five Gift Books to Treasure

I've always been emotional about my books (well, if truth be told, about most things). Being inordinately attached to some of the books makes it difficult to think about paring my collection, but the books I will never weed from my shelves include several that I've been given as gifts...

By Christian Pelusi | August 28, 2008; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (9)

Truth or Fiction? Five Books That Reinvent History

I love history but have to admit that sometimes I've come to it by the back door, through fiction that takes readers from the real to the possibly real, from facts to playing with the facts, from what was to what might have been. These are books that start with...

By Christian Pelusi | July 10, 2008; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (14)

Five Books That Have Summer Written All Over Them

Summer is actually my least favorite season (at least it has become so ever since I crossed that border from childhood), but here it is, back again, always sooner than I'm ready for it. Yes, it's a hot time, summer in the city, so my thoughts naturally turn to hot...

By Christian Pelusi | June 12, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five Poets With Staying Power

Ah, April -- whatever else it is ("cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain," per T.S. Eliot, or the month that "put a spirit of youth in everything," per Shakespeare, or "wet contentious April," as Thomas Carlyle thought),...

By Christian Pelusi | April 17, 2008; 06:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Books I'm Afraid to Re-Read

Some of my favorite books of all time are ones I read in late or extended adolescence (I prolonged it as long as I could). It's a period when we seem to be at the height of receptivity for anything romantic -- or maybe it's that we define everything as...

By Christian Pelusi | February 21, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Skip the Book, See the Movie

Because I suffer (happily, actually) from bibliophilia, I am almost invariably (and inevitably) critical of any movie based on a book I've loved. In fact, seeing a movie made from one of my favorite books is akin to listening to an abridged audiobook: I'm infuriated by both its sins of...

By Christian Pelusi | January 10, 2008; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

On 'Coming of Age'

When thinking about your own childhood and youth, sometimes it's good to give yourself a frame of reference. What alternatives are out there? What resonates? Who are the role models for the good life -- or not? In whose young life can you find echoes of your own? Memoirs are...

By Christian Pelusi | November 1, 2007; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (16)

 

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