Monday, June 30, 2014

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (A Whale of a Book)

Moby-Dick By Herman Melville was a whale of a challenge.  This was one of the few books that had defeated me in the past. I had started it years ago and just couldn’t get into it. I found it overly wordy and dry. It was like a mouthful of crackers with no water in sight. The more I read, the more it pulled me down into the dark, deep abyss of boredom. It was close to 500 pages of Benadryl in print. Yawn—and I didn’t even get far into it.  Then, I did the unthinkable—I just gave up.  I moved on. I pushed it out of my mind, replaced it with other books. But way, way back in the caverns of my little brain, it nagged at me. Like Captain Ahab and the whale, I just couldn’t let it go. I felt like a loser. To be honest, there are many books I didn’t like at the beginning—many books that didn’t really give me a reason to continue.  But I stuck with them, and in the end I liked almost all of them.  Yet I had given up on Moby-Dick.   

Years later, something clicked, and I knew I was ready to face that big “Dick” again. I ordered the book and braced myself.  When my husband saw it, he laughed and said I
wouldn’t do it. That just made me more determined. I mean, there had to be something to this critically acclaimed tome.  Everyone knows about Moby-Dick.  The opening line is famous:  “Call me Ishmael.”  It’s right up there with “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again,” and “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” THE giant coffee company is even named after one of the characters—Starbuck.  No more excuses.  I just knew if I really gave it a chance, I would like it in the end—so I finally hunkered down to do the big deed. My odyssey began with buoyant optimism.  I spent weeks with Moby-Dick in my bed at night, but I’m sorry to report that my expectations soon sank like a stone. Each night I kept hoping he would perform, but half of the time he just put me to sleep. 

I say half of the time, because half of the book was actually good. The story of Captain Ahab and his crew looking for the whale that chewed the captain’s leg off was an interesting adventure.  The other half was nap-inducing.  It was a scientific, technical dissertation on the anatomy of whales, the skeletal system, cranial oils, species classification, etc., interspersed with superfluous, tedious tangents on things like the thickness, elasticity, and durability of Manila vs. hemp lines; what pictures and paintings depict the whales correctly; and even a chapter devoted to Ishmael’s disdain for the color white.  Unfortunately, these chapters were intertwined with the story. They were barnacles that clung onto the book.  

Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab
Moby-Dick was two, two—two books in one.  And while that may have been a good advertising campaign for Certs® “Two, two—two mints in one,” it did nothing to enhance this book.  In fact, it weighed it down like a big anchor.  Had the story been separated from the extraneous lessons as it should have been, I might have found my romp with Moby-Dick more enjoyable, possibly even overlooked the prolific use of reviling, archaic words like “thee,” “ye,” “thou,” “thy,” and “aye.” I may just have chalked it up as salty patois—“sailor-speak,” as it were.

For those of you who really don’t know what the book is
about—Moby-Dick is narrated by Ishmael, a man who wants, no, a man who NEEDS to get back out on sea for the sake of his own sanity. The journey/book starts out in New Bedford where Ishmael shares a bed with a purplish, yellow, tattooed, baldish, head-hunting, cannibal, harpooner named Queequeg (due to the fact that the inn was completely booked to capacity). The next day they make their way to Nantucket and soon sail on the whaling ship Pequod led by the revenge-obsessed Captain Ahab. Old Moby-Dick took Ahab’s leg in a previous tour of duty.  “Vengeance is mine,” saith Ahab.  He’s out to get him—till death due them part.  And someone is definitely going down.  Spoiler Alert: The end is a mix of The Perfect Storm and Titanic minus the beautiful people like George, Mark, or Leo to smooth over the pain.  But, I’ve said too much. You’ll have to read it yourself.

Although this novel now sits among other books on my shelves, it isn’t quite like the rest.  It is far more than a pretty book that I’ve read and appreciated (and even with such a dire report, I have to acknowledge that I did appreciate this book and do not regret reading it).  But Moby-Dick is also a shiny trophy in my library—proudly displayed in recognition of my triumph. As a mental athlete, I endured, overcame, and prevailed over one tough opponent. I conquered the book that battled the big, white whale! 

Are you ready to face the whale? Or have you already braved that book? I was thinking of starting a Moby-Dick club—kind of like the Mickey Mouse club without the ears and smiles.  This would be an exclusive society of readers who have made their way through the book. I just couldn’t come up with a catchy tune to go along with it. I got as far as “M—O—B”—because everyone needs a good challenge….” Then I gave up and created a bookmark instead (above)—a paper trophy to put in your copy of Moby-Dick. Just save to a Word document and print.   Let me know when you’ve conquered the book and what you thought about it. 

As with so many classic books, you can find the full version online:

Side Note:
One more thing, then I’ll stop my Melvillian ramblings.  After I finished the book, I read an article my husband saved about Moby-Dick in “Mental Floss” magazine. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who didn’t fully embrace Herman’s “metaphysical monsterpiece.” The reviewers’ and public reception of the book sunk poor Melville.  Although he had previously had literary successes, this book was whole-heartedly panned—so much so, that Melville gave up writing and became a customs inspector for the remainder of his life. Fast forward half a century after his death and critics saw the book in a different light—one of skillful prose blended with allegories, a riveting story, and a side dish of helpful facts. (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.) Lo and behold, the critics’ raves buoy-ed the book back to life and into the classic books hall of fame.

Happy Reading,  


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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Rory Reading Challenge

Everybody Loves a Good Challenge (Reading List)

I had never heard of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, but maybe that’s because I’ve never watched the Gilmore Girls on TV. Apparently Rory Gilmore is a teenager with a voracious appetite for books.  The books in this long and diverse list below were mentioned in the show.  Check it out and see how many you’ve read or if you’re up for the challenge of conquering the list. With fairy tales, Shakespeare, fiction, classics, poems and more, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Just for the fun of it, I’ve marked the ones that I’ve read in red and added a link to the ones I’ve reviewed.

Have fun!

1. 1984 by George Orwell
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt  Click here to read review.

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

The Awakening by Kate Chopin 

16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie  Click here to read review.

19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21. Beloved by Toni Morrison 
Click here to read review.
22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23. The Bhagava Gita

24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30. Candide by Voltaire

31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32. Carrie by Stephen King
33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Click Here to Read Review

34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger  
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37. Christine by Stephen King
38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
52. Cujo by Stephen King
53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon  
Click here to read review.
54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
61. Deenie by Judy Blume

62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson  Click here to read review.
63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
66. Don Quixote by Cervantes
67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
 -some Click to Read Review
70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn -
Click to Read Review

73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
. Emma by Jane Austen
76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton  Click here to read review.
79. Ethics by Spinoza
80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  Click here to read review.
98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell  Click here to read review.
110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  Click here to read review.
115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
137. The Iliad by Homer
138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
140. Inferno by Dante
141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  Click here to read review.
145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain  Click here to read review.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence  Click here to read review.

154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
169. The Love Story by Erich Segal
170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert  Click here to read review.
172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris  Click here to read review.
178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
181. The Metamorphosis byFranz Kafka 
- Click here to
read review. 
182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville  - Click here to read review

185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf  Click here to read review
192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

206. Night by Elie Wiesel  Click here to read review.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen  Click here to read review.

208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
 Click here to read review.
212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
219. Othello by Shakespeare
220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde  Click here to read review.
229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
237. Property by Valerie Martin

238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw 
Click here to read review.
240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier  Click here to read review.
247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
263. Daisy Miller by Henry James
264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
270. Selected Hotels of Europe
271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles

274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275. Sexus by Henry Miller
276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
 Click here to read review.
277. Shane by Jack Shaefer
278. The Shining by Stephen King
279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
298. Stuart Little by E. B. White
299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305. Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316. Ulysses by James Joyce
317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 

319. Unless by Carol Shields
320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  Click here to read review.
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings  Click here to read review.
339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan


Happy Reading!