George Eliot on marriage:
Marriage, which has been the bourne of so many narratives, is still a great beginning, as it was to Adam and Eve, who kept their honeymoon in Eden, but had their first little one among the thorns and thistles of the wilderness. It is still the beginning of the home epic—the gradual conquest or irremediable loss of that complete union which makes the advancing years a climax, and age the harvest of sweet memories in common.
—Middlemarch, chapter 87, by George Eliot
From the Archives: The Firelings by Carol Kendall
Current Read-Aloud: Ace, the Very Important Pig
Betsy-Tacy Booksigning at ALA Midwinter
Another Birthday Present: Dear Jane
Our Week in Books: August 16-22