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Book Club Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Published in 1847 as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Smith, Elder & Co. of London Published a year later by Harper Brothers of New York One of the book clubs I belong to read Jane Eyre in February because, well, it’s “love month.” However, once we all read the book and got together to talk about […]

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

I’ve been meaning to read A Room With A View for quite a while. I finally started in on the book and, by the end, I decided to read it again, this time via audiobook. Then, by the time I finished the audiobook, I knew I had to see the movie. You could say I […]

Classic: Grapes of Wrath

We have our internet service back!! Hoo-ray!! Thanks everyone for hanging in with me. Finally, here’s my review of a great classic. ___________________________________________________________ Author: John Steinback Publisher: The Viking Press, 1939 Awards Won: National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and cited when Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 Genre: Classic Historical […]

From My List of Classics: Beowulf

I chose to re-read this classic tale because of romantic memories from high school. I recall watching the boys in our literature class acting out the various scenes with pretend swords. They appeared so gallant, so brave and manly. I’m sure I did a lot of sighing. Fifty years later the romance is gone. What […]

Book Review: My Antonia

Author: Willa Cather Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 1918 Genre: Classic Fiction My Rating: A+ Jim Burden was a ten year old Virginia boy whose parents died within a year of each other. As the story opened Jim was on a train with Jake, a hired hands. They were on their way to Nebraska to live with […]

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I finally finished reading On the Road. That is one of those books everyone says is a must-read. Well, now I can check it off my list. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the people Kerouac meets on his cross-country trips. I wasn’t crazy about his friends or the “beat” lifestyle. My review is posted […]

Book Club Report: East of Eden

The women in my book club really like John Steinbeck. I do too, but not so much this one. Out of eleven, there were only two of us with any negative comments. I really felt horrible about it, especially for the woman who had chosen this huge book for us to read. The woman who […]

Book Review: The Red Pony

Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Covici Friede, 1937 Genre: Classic Fiction My Rating: A Summary: Four different stories, centered around a young boy named Jody, make up this book. The stories are set on a ranch in Salinas Valley, California during the early twentieth-century. Jody is an only child and the ranch is isolated, so it’s […]

A Look at an Old Classic – The Odyssey

I set a goal for myself at the beginng of the year to read some of those great books I’ve been putting off for years. I joined a couple of read-a-longs, hoping that reading with others would be a good incentive. Knowing that others are reading the same thing at the same time is very […]