1. 'Alice James' by Jean Strouse

    Alice James’ spirit is imbued with the talent for a turn of phrase that the male contingent of her family is famous for. Her family was celebrated for its tireless effort not to be bores, but to be extraordinary. The James family dinners are that of legend—children arguing with parents, members pushing back their chairs and pacing the room as they formulated arguments. Those discerning enough to toil through Henry James’ texts for expository gems would find a more personal, self-depreciating and witty cipher in Alice.

         — from a review of Jean Strouse’s Alice James in Fiction Advocate, to read the rest of the review click here.