Commonplace Book

“a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.”

A Commonplace Book

In the last couple of years have I become more systematic in trying to synthesize my “highlighted” passages by trying to summarize them, paraphrase them, or otherwise actively engage with my reading.


Elizabeth Gaskell.
Oxford University Press.
ISBN 0-19-283209-3
Originally published as a series of stories between 1851 and 1853, and then as a book in 1853. This edition includes an excellent introduction, a chronology of Elizabeth Gaskell’s life, and an essential section of explanatory notes.

The Do It Yourself Bible

Another example of problematic modifiers.

Death Comes for the Archbishop


Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring.
Tracy Chevalier.
HarperCollins Publishers. 1999.

Bargain Books

After encouraging Jeremy Hedley to check out the great book deals at Daedalus Books Online, I realized that I hadn’t browsed the bargains for awhile. I did and came away with six new books for under $30.00. The shipment arrived just before the ice storm, so I’ve been snuggling under a quilt on the couch in front of the fireplace with this stack of books. My Asakasa: Coming of Age

The Longing To Be Elsewhere


Nancy Drew Author Dies

Made in her image.

As the Twig is Bent

As the Twig is Bent: Sketches of a Bittersweet Life.
Winifred Foley.
Taplinger Publishing Company, New York. 1978.
Published in England as: A Child in the Forest. 1974.

Sketches of early twentieth century life as an impoverished coal miner’s daughter in rural Gloucestershire.

Clear and Simple as the Truth

Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose
Francis-Noel Thomas & Mark Turner
Princeton University Press. 1994.

This book defines one type of style, classic, and its elemental principles. The classic style is contrasted to other styles, such as, romantic, contemplative, and reflexive.


Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman.
Sharon Gmelch.
W. W. Norton. 1986


Carrington: Selected Letters & Extracts from Her Diaries.
Edited by David Garnett.

Endangered Pleasures

Endangered Pleasures: In Defense of Naps, Bacon, Martinis, Profanity, and Other Indulgences.
Barbara Holland.

The Outermost Dream

The Outermost Dream: Essays and Reviews
William Maxwell
Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1989

The Little Minister

The Little Minister.
J.M. Barrie.
New York Charles Scribner’s Sons.