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I had great plans for today — pack up the Christmas dishes, take down the lights from outside, put away the last of the decorations, take it all to storage — until I got up, that is.

Everyone else was sleeping and I had a new book, so I curled up on the couch to read for a little while.  With a few small interruptions for feeding children and the dog, I read until it was time to go to work this afternoon.  It was delightful, but I had to keep reminding myself not to feel guilty, that there was really no good reason to do anything else!

The book in question was Mrs. Poe, by Lynn Cullen.  I have been an Edgar Allan Poe fan since elementary school, so I was intrigued by the title, and the setting in pre-Civil War New York.  The tale revolves around a love triangle between Poe, his young cousin/wife, and a lovely poetess befriended by them both.  Many well-known literary and public figures appear and re-appear in supporting roles, including my favorite, Louisa May Alcott.

I am about half-way through, and things are really starting to heat up.  Guess who won’t be getting to sleep any time soon tonight?

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