Category Archive: Pulitzer Winners

Chaos Is Better Than Order

I don’t even know where to begin in describing and reviewing All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr. It is a sweeping and gorgeous novel about Germany and France during… Continue reading

The Perfect Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee might just be the perfect book.  It is number 5 on the BBC book list, and it won the Pulitzer Prize. As I reread it… Continue reading

The Goldfinch: What Does It Mean to Keep a Secret?

This book is too complicated for me to convey to you in any sort of detail or even coherently.  I will not be spoiling the overall plot of the book in this review. … Continue reading

My Top Ten Classic Novels for Teenage Boys

A few months back I posted My Top Ten Classic Novels for Teenage Girls. It has become my second most-viewed post ever, just behind Seven Annoying Things People Say To Pianists, which also… Continue reading

Hope and Joy Amid Difficulty: The Lowland

I’ve been a fan of Jhumpa Lahiri’s since reading her first novel The Namesake (2003), and I moved from there to her short stories, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning collection Interpreter of Maladies (1999). … Continue reading

That Absolute Must-Read Book

My most popular, most viewed, and most commented post is Unwanted Reading Recommendations: Borrowing, Returning, and Remembering Books.  It is my complaint about people recommending books to me or giving me books to read… Continue reading

The Diary of a Midwife: Recognizing an Invisible Woman of the Past

I’ve been wanting to read Pulitzer Prize–winning book A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary 1785-1812 (1990) by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for years.  Ulrich has been a sort… Continue reading

Flinging Dirt in Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men

Robert at 101 Books (one of my favorite blogs) is currently reading All the King’s Men (1946) by Robert Penn Warren.  Robert’s posts about the novel and his upcoming review of it have… Continue reading

The Grapes of Wrath Is About My People

I have ancestors—my great grandmother, Alabama Gray (she preferred to be called Bonnie), in fact—who traveled from Oklahoma to California between 1910 and 1920, just before the dust bowl and depression were pushing… Continue reading

Birth and Land in The Good Earth

“And Wang Lung, hearing this, felt his mouth suddenly dry and parched and his voice came from him in a whisper, ‘Silver, then!  Silver and gold!  Anything to the very price of my… Continue reading