Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Glory Field (1994)


Tracing the legacy of the Lewis family from 1753 to 1994, WDM is at the height of his powers as he tells the stories of five characters over many generations, from Africa to South Carolina, Chicago, and New York. These are wonderfully detailed portraits that reflect time, place and sensibilities in realistic and powerful ways. My favorite so far.


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January 27, 2013 · 2:17 am

All the Right Stuff


If you want a tutorial on the theory of the social contract according to Hobbes, Rousseau, and Locke, this is the book for you. High-schooler Paul takes a summer job at a soup kitchen run by Elijah, who wants to teach him about the social contract. The tone tends to be a bit preachy, but there are well-drawn characters to keep the reader interested.

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January 18, 2013 · 2:12 am

A Time to Love


This is a collection of six Old Testament stories retold through the eyes of youthful narrators. Delilah of Samson and Delilah, Isaac of Abraham and Isaac, Ruth of Ruth and Naomi, etc. Myers chose compelling tales and has written them for contemporary audiences through his poetic voice. WDM’s son Christopher provides vibrant illustrations for each story.

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January 7, 2013 · 1:05 am

Back on Track but Running Out of Options

I finally made it to my library today to pick up more books. When I took on this mission, I decided I would begin by reading only books by WDM that I had not already read. At the library today, I realized that there are only four more books on the shelves that I have not read, and I’ve exhausted the e-books available (only one – can you believe it?). I’ll need to find some more free or inexpensive sources soon!

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