Elizabeth Blackwell is the author of “While Beauty Slept,” a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, Feb. 2014). She is an avid reader of historical fiction dating back to the Norah Lofts/Jean Plaidy/Susan Howatch books she devoured in high school.
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It’s been a busy week for social-media grieving: one day my Facebook feed was full of David Bowie videos and quotes, a few days later it was dedicated to actor Alan Rickman. I was surprised by Bowie’s death, but it was Rickman’s death that hit me with deep, genuine sadness. Why? It wasn’t as if…
I’m a sucker for a good End-of-Year list, so I’m sharing some of the books I most enjoyed in 2015. I read many other good books this year, but these are the ones that made a lasting impression and taught me something (either writing-wise or life-wise). These are in no particular ranking, just the order I read…