About Me

Welcome to my blog! I write about literature and the law.

I am an attorney, reader, writer, gardener, and mother. The Misfortune of Knowing is my personal blog. I discuss the law here, but I don’t provide legal advice.

If you’re curious about the title of my blog, see Dating Rules for “Ordinary” Heroines (Hat Tip to Jane Austen).

Contact me at misfortuneofknowing @ gmail.com (A. M. Blair)

A note about reviews: I no longer accept review copies from authors or publishers, but I am interested in learning about emerging authors and new books. So, feel free to say hello. I might not be able to respond to every message, but I will read all of them. I purchased all of the books reviewed on this blog (unless otherwise stated in the post).

“Mommy” by my then-3-year-old daughter (It looks just like me)


  1. Hi, I don’t always make comments on peoples posts not because I don’t want to but because I get sidetracked and loose focus. I have been following you now for a little while and I just wanted to say thank you! And as such I have nominated you for the WordPress family Award for all you have meant to me and other bloggers. If you don’t accept awards, I understand. I just wanted you to know that you have made a difference in my life :)Thank you!!!

  2. interesting idea! never would’ve paired literature and law myself, but I do love to write! feel free to check out my blog at fromtheinbetween.wordpress.com!

  3. Literature and the law: a combination that makes me want to read more. I look forward to reading your blog posts.

    Your Persuasion retelling sounds very inventive and original! And I see that it’s available for Kindle…I think I know what I’ll add to my Kindle reading list. 🙂

    1. Thank you for considering it! I love Persuasion. It was fun to take Jane Austen’s amazing characters, put them in my hometown, and present them with a modern legal issue. 🙂

  4. What a splendid combo – literature and law . You’re posts are really interesting 🙂 I’m gonna find some time today to go through blog posts.

  5. We have a few things in common besides our love of books. I also work in the legal field (marketing) and our kids our close in age. I have a 5 year old and almost 3 year old.

  6. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award, because I really enjoy this blog, I always take away something from it.
    Should you choose to accept it, Please go to this link http://rebrandinglife.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/a-100-days-to-a-new-name-day-27-finally-an-acknowledgement/
    (I think) you would need to insert a link back to my site.
    Copy the versatile blogger icon from this post you can insert this into your own new post.
    Choose 7 random facts about yourself you wish to share and type these in for your readers.
    Select your 10 (or a few more) favourite blogs you wish to nominate for the award and add these as well to the post with a description of what is good about them.
    Tell these bloggers you have nominated them for the award and add a link.
    Good luck and thanks for writing so beautifully!

  7. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and I think it is wonderful. Therefore, I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    My post nominating you will go live on my blog on February 26 at http://mthupp.wordpress.com. I hope you will pass along additional nominations of great blogs, but even if you decide not to, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate what you write.
    Thank you.
    Theresa Hupp

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Looks like you have a nice blog here! Your children are beautiful! Books are awesome, I look forward to reading some of your words on the subject 😀

  9. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my photo! I appreciate it very much. You have a very interesting blog and I look forward to following your posts. 😀

  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking a post of mine – it has allowed me to find your blog and I look forward to exploring your posts and learning more.

  11. I’m always looking for new book ideas! Glad you visited my blog. I’ll have to tell my wife about your blog, she’s a twin and loves books!

  12. First of all your kids are beautiful, they are so sweet 🙂 You are very lucky to have a family who seems to be so happy! Secondly, I appreciate you interest in women’s rights, and that’s the first thing that makes me appreciate you a lot. Furthermore there is the strong passion for books, so well done for your blog and your reviews! I cannot wait to read more!

  13. I enjoy genealogy and came across your blog! Love it! I began my blog concentrating heavily on family research. Recently though I have started to get restless so began exploring other areas to blog about it. It is indeed fun. Thank you , Alesia : )

  14. Hi,

    Just had a look around your blog. Love your writing style and your well thought-out reviews. Will be on the lookout for your chick lit suggestions!



  15. My mother and aunt were best friends until the day they died. I just know that your twins will behave in ways you can never understand unless you’re a twin. I’m an only child. For me it was totally bizarre, but fascinating and wonderful. Enjoy!!

  16. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post – much appreciated! I just took a look at your blog and I love it. I’m only first beginning my journey to becoming a lawyer – (Just finished the first week of law school. Yikes!) – and I sure hope I’m able to juggle school/work, family, and fun things like blogging as well as you seem to! 🙂

    1. Good luck with law school! First semester 1L year is nerve-wracking, as you’re forced to adjust to an academic experience that is both quite unlike undergrad and surprisingly similar to high school (in terms of the “clique” aspect to it). It’s tough to juggle family, work, and hobbies (like reading, writing, and blogging), but it’s easier when you don’t have a job that requires you to bill away your life in six minute increments! I’m a public interest attorney–much better lifestyle and fulfilling work.

  17. My mother was a twin. Identical. She and her sister had an amazing relationship. Bet your girls do, too. It’s an amazing bond that twins have.

    1. They do! It’s a wonderful thing. We ended up separating them in preschool (because they don’t play with other children, only with each other), and it’s been a very difficult adjustment. They are best friends.

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog today and liking my post. I appreciate your juggling work and motherhood — you need something you do that’s a healthy creative outlet and your books and blog seem to be that. Take care! 🙂

  19. Hi there! It seems that we have some things in common. Aside from the fact that we both love to write, we also have twin daughters. Your daughters are sooooo cute!!! Mine are already in Grade 7… How fast time flies…. Thanks for liking my blog post and more power to your blogging! Kisses to your twins. 🙂

  20. Thanks also for taking a look at my blog. You’re the first that I know of.
    With three children how do you find the time?
    I am a grandfather of two ( 8 & 6 months…both are here at the moment )

    1. Sometimes reading and blogging are the only things I can do when my kids aren’t sleeping well at night! We’re a family of insomniacs. Thanks for stopping by!

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