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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

How To Be A Modern Feminist

The French have a saying, “une femme d’un certain age,” a woman of a certain age, which, being ensconced like ...

Colum McCann’s DANCER and Books About Dance

Dance. You either read that as a noun or as an imperative verb. Either you have the itch in your ...

Anne Lamott’s World

Is there a writer who writes more clearly about the cracks in the vases of our lives than Anne Lamott? ...

100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization

  Four weeks ago we got a Bichon puppy. For the kids! we said. So they learn compassion! we said. ...

Happiness For People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Happiness For People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking is the subtitle of Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote which I picked up ...

In Search of (Books About) Style

All winter I’ve been in a not-fit-for-public-appearances outfit of honey-badger-don’t-give-s^%$ yoga pants. I looked at myself in the full length ...

A Mother Reads Cloud Atlas

The joke among mothers my age with young kids is to ask, “Read any novels lately?” and then laugh like ...

The Fascinating Salacious History of American Yoga

As you all know I live in the Baltimore suburbs, an area of the world that is at the forefront ...

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of ...

At the King’s Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages

At the King’s Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages by Susanne Groom is what to read while wiping the remains ...

Books for Sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder

This is the time of year when I won’t be found without a pit crew of a full spectrum lightbox, ...

Giving Thanks for Books

William Jennings Bryan said, “On the Fourth of July we celebrate our Independence; on Thanksgiving we acknowledge our dependence.” And ...

Consider the Fork Over the Holidays

“The holidays are upon us,” my mother used to say, implying the holidays were like Baskervilleian hell hounds after our ...

The Hare with the Amber Eye: Stories Told Through Things

After finishing Edmund de Waal’s The Hare With The Amber Eye I cast my eye around the house looking for ...

The Enduring Appeal of WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Published in 1908, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is childhood read-aloud gold. The word hamper is used, languorous ...

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