Category Archive: Realist

Oh My

We finished reading Lord of the Flies (1954), number 49 on the BBC book list, by William Golding. I read it to my 11-year-old daughter, who has been recovering from a tonsillectomy and… Continue reading

Danger and Diversity: The Egypt Game

A year or so ago, my awesome sister Afton gave my oldest daughter some books for her birthday. One of them was a copy of The Egypt Game (1967) by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.… Continue reading

Money, Money, Money: Mrs. Parkington by Louis Bromfield

I picked up Mrs. Parkington (1942) by Louis Bromfield at a thrift store some years ago. My copy is a first edition, but after reading this one, I’m pretty sure it isn’t really… Continue reading

Sinclair Lewis’s Critique of American Culture: Main Street

Main Street (1920) by Sinclair Lewis is a critique of capitalism through a feminist lens, among other things.  The novel is about Carol Milford who marries Dr. Will Kennicott just after college and… 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

Dear Jane Letters, Carp Gasping for Air, and Amputations: Madame Bovary

I have been wanting to read Madame Bovary (1856) by Gustave Flaubert and number 85 on the BBC book list for quite some time.  Years, even.  I finally got to it by listening… 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

John Steinbeck’s Pastures in Heaven

My Internet has been down for two days.  Two days!  It seemed like we would die.  I could only check email on my phone (which is new, and I barely know how to… Continue reading

The Ugliest Book Cover Ever

I read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1868) as a youth, but wanted a review of it before I posted my thoughts.  So, I listened to it on CD during my drive to… Continue reading

An American Masterpiece: Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner’s (1909-1993) masterpiece Angle of Repose (1971; Pulitzer 1972) explores the marriage relationships of Susan and Oliver Ward and Lyman and Ellen Ward and the free-love relationship of Shelly Rasmussen and Larry. … Continue reading