Staircase 9 17’s August Bookshelf

Our bookshelf choice for August is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson, published by Persephone Books   Written in 1938, the story begins when Miss Pettigrew is sent to the wrong address by an employment agency.  She meets Miss LaFosse, a nightclub singer, and her wonderful day - and the rest of her life…

Staircase 9 17 June Bookshelf

Staircase 9 17's  Bookshelf choice for June is       The Duke's Children, the last of Anthony Trollope's novels about the Palliser family and their circle.  The plot has a dash of Downton Abbey and it's an immersive read, full of engaging characters.  

A twenty-second hug for Mother’s Day

Dear Claire,   I listened to an interesting podcast the other day on NPR, our national public radio station here in the US. It was an interview with twin sisters Emily and Amelia Nagoski, whose new book Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle (or in the UK, Burnout: The Secret to Solving the Stress…