Tag: American literature

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Last year, when I read The Haunting of Hill House, a lot of readers said that We Have Always Lived in the Castle is their favorite Shirley Jackson novel. I can see why. This was Jackson’s final novel, published in 1962. It’s a story…

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

It was really interesting to read The House of Mirth so soon after The Portrait of a Lady. A number of readers said they preferred The House of Mirth, and I agree. The House of Mirth, written in 1905, is Edith Wharton’s fourth novel…

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

I loved the way this book was written. Haruf writes about a small rural town, Holt, Colorado, in a beautiful way. It’s the story of Tom, a teacher whose wife is going through some kind of depression and leaves him and their two boys….

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Henry James is one of those authors I’ve always felt I should read. I’ve studied the British classics far more than the Americans, and to be honest I’ve never been a fan of Hawthorne or Hemingway. The Portrait of a Lady was first published…

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House was written by Shirley Jackson in 1959. A finalist for the National Book Award, it’s considered by many to be one of the best horror stories out there, at least in the ghost story/haunted house category. It’s been remade…

East of Eden Read-along Wrap-Up

It’s been nagging at me that I never posted a final review of East of Eden for the East of Eden Readalong (I posted a review of the first half here). This book was too good to only write half a review.  I know…

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

First – I know most of you have read this book already, but for those who haven’t, there are spoilers in this review. Second – let me say up front that I know I’m not giving Mark Twain his due.  Published in 1885, Huckleberry…

Reading Huck Finn, Chapters 1-16

The good news is, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is everything I hoped (and expected) it would be.  The bad news is, I’m not feeling terribly academic these days, so I haven’t been able to motivate myself to be really thoughtful about this book. …

Reading Huck Finn, Part I

Okay, not surprisingly, I didn’t hear a ton of interest in reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  But even if I’m talking mostly to myself, here’s my schedule in case you’re thinking about it. November 9: discuss Chapters 1-16, post questions on chapters 17-30…

Reading Huck Finn, Want to Join Me?

I’ve been reading light lately, but the last classic I’m tackling this year is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.  This is a book most people read in high school or college, but it passed me by and I’ve always meant to…

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