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Death Changes Mrs. Dalloway and Us

The first time my sister Haley received an invitation for a sleepover, it was to her best friend Martha’s house.  Such an invitation is exciting and a celebrated first experience away from home. … Continue reading

Larry McMurtry’s Rollicking American West

I picked Lonesome Dove, winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize, for a book club meeting once.  However, as a group we decided not to read it because of its daunting 945 pages.  But… Continue reading

Shakespeare: Don’t Be Afraid

We always laugh when my husband notices a mistake in a text before I do.  But he noticed an inconsistency with the BBC book list when I didn’t.  The Complete Works of Shakespeare… Continue reading

Carol Lynn Pearson and Me

As a child, I had no idea why Carol Lynn Pearson was important to my mom.  I knew that my mom owned many books of Carol Lynn Pearson’s poetry, and I have a… Continue reading

John Irving, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Alex (My Former Boss)

I had never heard of John Irving until my boss Alex told me about him.  I was 21 years old at the time and working as a secretary after graduating from college.  (Yes,… Continue reading

The Bible as Art, Music, and Literature

Once in a graduate class, a fellow student stormed out when the teacher asked us to think about how Christianity connects to and informs the contemporary American literature we were reading.  The student… Continue reading

Julia Child and Paris

I envy Julia Child’s years of living abroad, especially her time in France.  Almost four years ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Paris with my dad, his partner, and… Continue reading

Jane Eyre, Twilight, and Christianity

When I confessed to never having read Jane Eyre (#3 on the BBC book list) a few years ago, my good friend Cyndi could not believe it.  Her astonishment was so genuine and… Continue reading

Little House on the Prairie and Family History

My college roommates once came home to find me weeping during an episode of Little House on the Prairie.  I don’t remember the specifics of the show, but I do remember my embarrassment. … Continue reading

Charles Dickens, Spy Novelist

Reading Dickens pleases my husband.  He has no idea that the first lines of A Tale of Two Cities are, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” yet… Continue reading