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Goin' to the Dogs: Stories (and Films) about Man's Best Friend

Dog stories is the January theme for Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-Ups, the read aloud program I do on Wednesdays at lunch-time every other week. (I promise to read cat stories later this year in rebuttal.) As I researched the stories I wanted to read, two things became clear: there are a lot of heart-warming stories about dogs, and many of those stories have been made into films. Most of the stories I chose to read were 

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Favorite Holiday Stories

This week at Mixed Bag: Story Time for Grown-Ups I read aloud two holiday classics, The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore and the first part of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which is enitled Marley's Ghost. While researching the background for these two readings, I discovered some interesting details.


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August in the Reader’s Den: "Maisie Dobbs" Follow Up and Further Reading Suggestions

Thank you for joining us this month in the Reader’s Den. I hope you enjoyed the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series. Birds of a Feather and Pardonable Lies are the next two books in the series. 

Here are a few suggestions if you want to read other novels set in World War I or the post-war period, or if 

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August in the Reader's Den: Maisie Dobbs, Discussion Questions

Welcome to week three of the book discussion of Maisie Dobbs. I hope you are enjoying getting to know Maisie and her family, friends and colleagues. Perhaps you are nearly finished reading the novel. I promise not to spoil the ending. 

Last week I posted a couple of discussion questions about how moving between the working class and the upper class affected Maisie’s personality and about how 

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August in the Reader's Den: Maisie Dobbs, Week 2

Welcome to week two of the Maisie Dobbs book discussion. Have you introduced yourself to Maisie yet? She is a singular character — somewhat aloof — but I think that is because she is shy. The process of moving from in-between maid to Cambridge student meant she was constantly going between two worlds without fitting into either one. Gender and class issues were involved. A woman aspiring to a university education was still unusual at that time.

This debut novel for

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August in the Reader's Den: Maisie Dobbs, Week 1

Welcome to the August edition of the Reader's Den. The month of August fairly screams "beach read!" There's nothing like a good mystery to banish the workday world from your vacationing brain while you are relaxing on the beach.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear is a historical mystery set in London between the World Wars and features a young female sleuth. Maisie Dobbs is a private investigator and psychologist, not a common career for a woman in 

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