Category: John Steinbeck

To a God Unknown

“I am the rain.” This is going to sound selfish, but the thing I love most about reading John Steinbeck, whether I’m reading him at his “best” or his “worst,” is that I always find reassurance that my love for Steinbeck, my relationship with…

Brief Thoughts on 8 Books

The books listed below are those I read for last week’s Read-a-Thon.  I planned not to write a review for each, because I don’t really have time to play catch-up on 8 book reviews, particularly with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starting in two…

Review: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Summary: Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is an intense, harrowing account of one family’s struggle to survive, after being dislocated from their Oklahoma ranch and forced to move to California – land of prosperity for work.  The Joad family and their local (former) preacher,…

Reviews: The Earlies Part 3

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Really fun. And interesting. One of the best young-adult fantasy novels, I think. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Not my favorite of Steinbecks work, but considering Steinbeck is an incredible Americcan author, that’s not saying…

Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

With East of Eden, I have gained a new appreciation for Steinbeck. This novel was masterfully written; it demonstrates Steinbeck’s command of language, history, and socioeconomic/political events. As one who came into this novel familiar with, but relatively inexperienced in Steinbeck’s work, I must…

Reviews: The Earlies, Part 18

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer 4.0/5.0 Amazing book. Sad, disturbing, heart-breaking, and maddening. Tears of Rage by John Walsh 4.0/5.0 Incredibly sad story (true story) about a child’s kidnap and murder. Tear-jerking and intense. Very good book. Lord of the Flies by…

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