heatherfromthegrove’s story spotlight for today: “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

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Monday, July 15 – Saturday, July 20


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Enjoy some good summer reading.

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It should be noted that these book recommendations are not necessarily recently published works.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Never read a book that is not a year old.” 


“I looked and looked at her, and I knew, as clearly as I know that I will die, that I loved her more than anything I had ever seen or imagined on earth. She was only the dead-leaf echo of the nymphet from long ago – but I loved her, this Lolita, pale and polluted and big with another man’s child. She could fade and wither – I didn’t care. I would still go mad with tenderness at the mere sight of her face.”  ― Vladimir NabokovLolita

Although Vladimir Nabokov’s first nine novels were written in Russian, it was his intricate English prose that brought him the most distinction and international prominence in the literary world. Lolita is Nabokov at his best.  He wrote what would become his most famous and controversial book in 1955… in English. A decade later, he (himself) translated it into Russian. It is a tale about a middle-aged man, “Humbert Humbert” (this is not a typo!), who is both protagonist and erratic narrator — and his mad, obsessive (and very unseemly) love for a twelve-year old girl, Dolores Haze. “Lolita” is his private nickname for her.  As Humbert narrates, he draws from the disturbing, broken fragments of his own selective memory. Needless to say, the love story is doomed from the start.

This book is a masterpiece.  Listed as one of  The 100 Best Books of All Time, Lolita was adapted for film (in 1962) by the brilliant director, Stanley Kubrick and then again (in 1997), by director Adrian Lyne.

Other novels (in English) by Vladimir Nabokov:

In addition, he wrote a vast body of work:  many  short story collections, plays, poetry, Russian novels and novellas, and a wide selection of non-fiction works (critical reviews, memoirs, etc).

A Good Summer Read


“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
― Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle

Whether you’re en route to some exotic travel destination for the summer or simply sitting in your back yard, sipping a refreshing glass of your favorite libation… you’ll probably want to enjoy some good summer reading.  Here’s a list of ten books (novels, non-fiction and debut releases by new authors) that you may want to try out.

Happy reading!

Not in any particular order:


  1. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  3. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  4. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
  5. Rockaway by Tara Ison


  1. Thinking In Numbers: On Life, Love, Meaning, and Math by Daniel Tammet
  2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

First Releases (Fiction) by New Authors:

  1. No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey

First Releases (Non-fiction) by New Authors:

  1. Along the Shore: Rediscovering Toronto’s Waterfront Heritage by M. Jane Fairburn
  2. Casualties of the (Recession) Depression by Heather Joan Marinos

“Come with me,’ Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
go together.”

― Lisa SchroederI Heart You, You Haunt Me

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