Elizabeth Bastos

Elizabeth Bastos has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and writes at her blog 19th-Century Lady Naturalist. Follow her on Twitter: @elizabethbastos

Best Gardening Books for Lazy Gardeners

I am a lazy gardener. The best lazy gardening books for me are the ones that are about doing less, ...

Gardening Books Have Changed My Aesthetic

Gardening books have changed my fashion aesthetic! I used to be a yoga-panted athleisure-wearing suburban soccer mom (by outward appearance; ...

Accessories for Nature and Science Book Lovers

Accessories for nature and science book lovers should include tools for observation of the natural world, right? Therefore I submit to ...

On THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez and Doggos

Sigrid Nunez won the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction for The Friend.  The New York Times wrote, tongue in ...

The Importance of Being Earnest: Humor Writing Lodestone

Want to see what humor writing should look like? Re-visit The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Father-Son Relationship in The Remains of The Day

Let’s talk about the father-son relationship in the 1989 Booker Award-winning The Remains of The Day by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro. Let’s ...

Haiku About Cherry Blossoms

We need some haiku about cherry blossoms right now to keep us as hopeful. As Percy Bysshe Shelley famously wrote, ...

Fortinbras The Dog In A Wrinkle In Time

Regarding Fortinbras the dog in A Wrinkle In Time: I want some backstory. IMHO, he is a great character, one of ...

Whiskey In A Teacup Inspired Me To Monogram

Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey In A Teacup What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits, a ...

Reading In Medical Office Waiting Rooms

Musings on reading in medical office waiting rooms, how the reading materials offered could be improved, and some recommended reading.

Me and My Mother and The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

“Dickens lite,” my mom said dismissively after I demanded (as only a firstborn can) that she read Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The ...

Extreme Winter Reading: The Terror by Dan Simmons

So many people hate winter.  Me, too. However, strangely, I really enjoy extreme winter reading about ice adventures, especially historical fiction of ...

On JOYFUL by Ingrid Fetell Lee

A reader shares some thoughts on JOYFUL by Ingrid Fetell Lee, discussing how simple aesthetic shifts can create joy.

“Be The Star That You Are”: GuRu by RuPaul

GuRu by RuPaul is just the kind of stocking stuffer I want to give everyone like me who has seasonal ...

Pema Chodron’s Heart Advice for Difficult Times

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron is a classic book about Buddhist meditation in ...

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