A Daughter of the Land

If you love Gene Stratton-Porter’s Freckles or A Girl of the Limberlost, I won’t guarantee that you’ll love A Daughter of the Land. As I read through it recently, I kept changing my mind about whether or not the author herself liked her main character, Kate Bates. In one instance Stratton-Porter would seem to want…

Book Club: The Winged Watchman

My review of Hilda van Stockum’s “The Winged Watchman” can be found here. This book was a pretty straight-forward affair. The nine attendees were 12-16 years old, all had read the book at least once, and all were reasonably comfortable with each other. Ok, they were more than reasonably comfortable. We were arguing, laughing, arguing…

Sighs, Tears, and Faith

The last writing assignment for our American Literature Course, came after our previously unplanned reading of Ben Hur.  Throughout the story, we often discussed the role of Esther. The poor girl!  What was she doing all the time as she served her father and waited to see what would become of Ben Hur?   Therefore,…