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A Charmed, Comic Circle of Villages Make Up Angela Thirkell's Fictional Countryside.

Book Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two re-issues from novelist Angela Thirkell, The Headmistress and Growing Up. The publishing company is Moyer Bell. Both books were originally published in the 1940s in Great Britain. Thirkell had a loyal following of readers who in the late 1930s and 40s would set up reading groups called "Thirkell Circles." Thirkell wrote nearly 40 novels.


A New Anthology Looks Back at Catholic Girlhood

Maureen Corrigan, who is a lapsed Catholic herself, reviews the book Catholic Girls, a collection of essays by other lapsed Catholics. The writers' feelings about being raised Catholic range from nostalgic to angry.

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