Now if that isn't a cry for help, I don't know what is! I am in the middle of Drowning Ruth and loving it. It feels like I may want to read it twice to pick up all the little clues and twists that I'm missing because I'm so distracted. It isn't detail-oriented in a "solve the mystery" way, I just wish I had time to submerge and live in the story.
Nevertheless, I made a library trip anyway and tried to see if any books from the Persephone Books catalogue were there - just one: The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. If you haven't snagged a look at Persephone Book's website, take a peek... lots of treasures.
tren - I have read that Hitler's Youth book, and Letters From A Woman Homesteader is on my bookshelf. It was a thrift store find. My girls have read about Maud March - one loved it and two were lukewarm. I thought it was a fascinating idea... Your Granny's story sounds interesting, too....
fartygirl - I just read the New Yorker article about the Wilder women... Very intriguing. I always felt the tension between Pa and Ma... I think we read the stories differently as adults than we did as children.
Books I've Read:
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte - This was definitely good Bronte reading. It was not as great as Jane Eyre, but the characters were interesting and it had a bit of mystery on the moors. Shockingness with a woman leaving her husband and living on her own...
Man's Search For Meaning - Viktor Frankl - As a consummate scholar and scientist, Viktor Frankl used his experience as a prisoner in the camps of the Holocaust to study human nature and the truth of "choice". We always have a choice. He wrote parts of this while he was in the camps and kept his papers hidden!
Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - I read Something Wicked This Way Comes in 9th grade English. I loved it. It was fall in New England and life was imitating art. I did not enjoy Farenheit 451... at all. It was a book club selection, otherwise I would not have picked it up - sci-fi, futuristic, very dark. Silly, in my opinion. But any guesses on future technology could be seen as silly. The age-old tactic of book-burning was carried over into Bradbury's future, though.
Except For Me and Thee - Jessamyn West - I watched "Friendly Persuasion" often on AMC as a child. I decided to pick this one up and read the story that lead up to it. It was easy reading - a story of the Quakers and their relationships with the slaves.
The South Beach Diet - Arthur Agatston, MD - I read it, I admit. It was hard for me as I believe in natural foods, in their natural state, in natural proportions, all in moderation. If I remember correctly, I was annoyed with the lack of evidence of a healthy sustainablility.
Do you "hoard" books? Or "collect"? Or do you read and give away as my sister does?