Category Archive: American

Literary Wives: Gaining Perspective on Zelda

I’ve always thought that Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, was crazy.  In a bad way.  I dismissed her and often thought negatively of her.  This point of view is… Continue reading

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad: A Metaphor

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (2016) tricked me for a moment. It portrays the famous underground railroad, a network of abolitionists and volunteers who helped slaves escape the south and head north in… Continue reading

Literary Wives: Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife

I began this novel with a sigh. After reading the first few pages, I thought, “Not another novel written from a female perspective that is all about how important her husband is.” I… Continue reading

Literary Wives: There Is No One Way to Be a Woman

American Housewife (2016), a collection of short stories by Helen Ellis, is the Literary Wives bloggers’ pick for this month. It is witty, poignant, hilarious, dark, timely, and accessible. Please see more of… Continue reading

A New Favorite Author: Siri Hustvedt

My friend Amy has been telling me to read Siri Hustvedt for about two years now. I finally borrowed her copy of What I Loved (2003). I borrowed it on a Friday afternoon… Continue reading

Bumpersticker

I saw this in Salt Lake City last week. It is my new favorite bumpersticker. And I have a feeling that the driver and I would be great friends. If you haven’t read… Continue reading

Sister Editors

This academic study called Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors (1995) contains historical, cultural, composition, literacy, and rhetorical elements of the nineteenth century. Patricia Okker’s… Continue reading

The Book that Got Lost in the Mail

I sent my sister a copy of Sleeping with Schubert (2004) by Bonnie Marson for her birthday many years ago. I had just read a copy from the library, and I thoroughly enjoyed… Continue reading

The Movie Is Probably Better

I can’t wait to see The Martian starring Matt Damon, because I’m positive it is going to be better than the book of the same name by Andy Weir. I decided to read… Continue reading

History Lessons

From July of 2013 to August of 2015, I worked in a history library as an intern for a remarkable scholar who has become one of my dearest friends. Her name is Jenny,… Continue reading