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SOME LUCK captures the essence of American life in the 20th century

Some Luck

By Jane Smiley

Knopf: Oct. 7, 2014

$26.95, 416 pages

Jane Smiley may well have the most diverse body of work of any American author in the past quarter century. 1,359 more words

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Backwards Novel Study

I am in the middle of creating a backwards novel study. Yes, it does sound weird. Backwards? Well, I was thinking that we would watch the movie first, and then read the book. 276 more words

Pear Trees Are Obscene! Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

 This post contributes to the Banned Books Blog Party hosted by hannah at her blog Things Matter.  Click here for more about her blog and the banned books blog party. 999 more words


Have you read the 200 ‘best American novels’?


Susanna Rowson, “Charlotte Temple” (1791)
Hugh Henry Brackenridge, “Modern Chivalry” (1792–1815)
Hannah W. Foster, “The Coquette” (1797)
Charles Brockden Brown, “Wieland” (1798)
Lydia Maria Child, “Hobomok” (1824) 1,089 more words


100 Best American Novels Before 1985?

It is probably impossible to come up with an objective list of the 100 best novels from any country.  Nonetheless, people try, and these lists can be helpful for people  looking for new works to read or a way to fill in the gaps of their undergraduate English literature degree. 675 more words