Articles by Tom Nissley

December 17, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tom Nissley 3

I did something in 2014 that would throw a wrench into anyone’s reading: I bought a bookstore.

December 2, 2014

A Reader’s Book of Days: A Reading List for a Month of Storytelling by the Fire 1

Did Dickens invent Christmas? It’s sometimes said he did, recreating the holiday as we know it out of the neglect that had been imposed on it by Puritanism, Utilitarianism, and the Scrooge-like forces of the Industrial Revolution.

November 6, 2014

A Reader’s Book of Days: A Reading List for the Most Disagreeable Month of the Year 5

November is the anti-April: gray and dreary, the beginning of the end of things rather than their rebirth. It’s the month you hunker down — if you don’t give up entirely.

October 10, 2014

October Books: A Reading List for the Month of Harvests and Horror 3

It’s in October that the Overlook Hotel shuts down for the season, leaving Jack Torrance alone for the winter with his family and his typewriter in ‘The Shining,’ and it’s in October that his son, Danny, starts saying, “Redrum.”

September 8, 2014

September Books: A Reading List for Beginnings 7

September is the start of many things: school, fall, football, the biggest publishing season, the return to work after the end of summer.

August 11, 2014

August Books: A Reading List for the Month of Idleness 1

Put your idleness, if you’re fortunate enough to have some, to good use with these suggested August readings.

July 11, 2014

July Books: Reading for the Month of Revolutions 0

Here is a list of suggested reading for the heat and upheaval of July.

June 10, 2014

June Books: A Reading List for the Month of Rituals 0

June is overflowing with matrimony — but it’s also the home of another modern ritual, graduation day — or, as it’s more evocatively known, commencement, an ending that’s a beginning.

May 7, 2014

May Books: A Reading List for the Month of Love 2

Unlike the storms of March and the “uncertain glory” of April, Shakespeare’s May, with its “darling buds,” is always sweet, and ever the month for love.

April 2, 2014

April Books: A Reading List for Rebirth and Taxes 0

Here is a selection of recommended April reading, heavy on birth, death, and rebirth, and a little boredom.