Have you heard about “The Great American Read” yet? It’s an eight-part series airing on PBS, starting May 22, that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). Here are the Macmillan titles included: DUNE by Frank Herbert GILEAD by Marilynne […]
Happy Monday! We’ve got a look at U.S. history and a Russian travelogue to kick your week off: THE TRUE FLAG: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer Two starred reviews! “A timely work on the vociferous sides taken over the Spanish-American War of 1898—and how that history relates […]
We’re easing you back into the post-Thanksgiving work-week with some starred nonfiction titles: THE CORRESPONDENCE: Essays by J. D. Daniels “The debut collection by an essayist who writes like a rattlesnake, his sentences coiled yet always ready to strike with venomous impact. These essays…have a cumulative power that can leave readers devastated. An uncommonly auspicious […]
Normally on Thursdays we're all about Thrillers, but since it's Banned Books Week, we're talking about Adventure--specifically those of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
Mark Twain is well known for his wit and satire--two traits on full display in his classic novels THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and its sequel, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. The titular characters get involved in all kinds of hijinks: murder is witnessed, deaths are faked, treasure is stolen... and that's only the first book!
HUCKLEBERRY FINN, commonly named one of the "Great American novels" is often called into question over racial stereotypes and frequent use of one particular racial slur.