When you read, re-read, or think about A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, the ending always comes to mind (how could it not), but there's also a whole myriad of images that flood back: the knocker-turned-Marley, the bare furnishings and Scrooge's miserly mood, and then there's Tiny Tim. In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens writes of Ebeneezer Scrooge: "External heat and cold had...
Guardians of Stone
While you probably think of Indian Jones and his madcap ventures through dangerous passages, authors like Anita Clenney introduces her own brand of treasure hunter. Kendall Morgan is a single-and-beautiful woman. She'd be one of the stereotypical Bond girls in another setting, but she's also got skills that make her the perfect partner on a deadly adventure in the...
Overcome Huge Reading List Blues
Do you remember a time when you could just curl up with a book and read a book--without worrying about getting through those next 300 pages, or what the theoretical implications were, or remembering which character was responsible for what actions... When you're in class, the prospect of making it through the book may become more daunting. It's not like...

Gilded-Age Mystery and ‘The English Wife’

The English Wife, by Lauren Willig, brings the "Gilded Age" to life once again. We're tossed into the era of Edith Wharton, with her literary contemporaries: Mark Twain and Henry James. It's a mystery, wrapped in...

2017 Word of the Year

Complicit is the "word of the year," just announced by Dictionary.com. You're probably not surprised. In fact, you probably guessed it would be some word related to corruption or intrigue. We know that words have power,...

Boston Tea Party

We can follow the long progression of Colonial sentiments in the Revolutionary Period, from the initial rumblings through the Declaration of Independence and the founding of a new nation. While some events, like the Boston Massacre, are...

Hope and a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird  is infamous, not only because it's a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. We remember it as the story of Scout, a young girl who experiences the brutal realities of racism,...
Nebraska - Willa Cather

Why is Willa Cather important?

Like me, you may have first discovered Willa Cather through My Antonia. Perhaps, you learned to love her style and prose, the dark irony and the sense of place. She captured a story that...
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