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Tag Archive: Fiction

Feuding, Drinking, and Contrived Endings in Strawberry Girl

I frequently read to my oldest daughter at night before bed.  During the school year, this was a regular habit, which led to us reading four books at the same time, an experience… Continue reading

Myth Busting and Myth Building in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

A few years ago, my husband and I watched a popular television show.  Whenever I tried to explain the show’s premise and action to somebody who hadn’t seen it, I sounded like a… Continue reading

The Little Woman Who Wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin

I have been in group settings in which people will say, “I don’t really care about [insert societal problem] because it doesn’t affect me.”  Or, “I don’t want to talk about that because… Continue reading

The Best Quotes from Middlemarch

This is the third and final installment of my thoughts for Middlemarch Week.  If you missed post one, A Preview of Middlemarch, click here.  If you missed post two, George Eliot on Marriage,… Continue reading

George Eliot on Marriage, Human Nature, Money, Politics, Religion, Feminism, and Gossip in Middlemarch

Well, that title is quite a mouthful.  I should’ve just said that George Eliot covers just about everything in her 800-page novel Middlemarch (1874), number 20 on the BBC book list.  I decided… Continue reading

A Preview of Middlemarch: It’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

When I went to Goodreads to mark Middlemarch (number 20 on the BBC book list, which I am working my way through) as “read” and to give it five stars (yes, it’s that… Continue reading

Self-Interest and Cloud Atlas, The Strangest Book I’ve Ever Read

Cloud Atlas, number 82 on the BBC book list, is one of the strangest books I have ever read.  My sister loaned it to me after she read it for a college class. … Continue reading

Thank You, Alice Walker, for Rescuing Zora Neale Hurston

I recently read Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937).  It is the second time I have picked up this book.  The first time occurred about a decade ago, and… Continue reading

A Lesson in Forgiveness from The Old Wives’ Tale

The Old Wives’ Tale (1908) by Arnold Bennett is probably a book you’ve never heard of.  I hadn’t heard of it until a few months ago when I came across it at the… Continue reading

Let’s Judge Some Books by Their Covers: A Book “Beauty Pageant”

I like beauty pageants.  (The feminist inside of me just shrieked.  She does every time I admit this.)  My involvement in pageants (as a contestant and a director) has waned because of my… Continue reading