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Willa Cather

Oh 1913!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

This book has everything: the immigrant experience; the sweeping beauty and the back-breaking hardship of working the land; the passing down of work from one generation to the next; and best of all... a beautiful story of self-discovery through work.

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books

First published on Publishers Weekly This week, a mischevious book about a crumbling mansion, 100 years done in 100 pages, and the truth about dino...

The Word Collector: Willa Cather's 'My Antonia'

Dana Sachs | Posted 11.28.2012 | Books
Dana Sachs

People often speak of Cather's story about Jim Burden and his friendship with his childhood playmate Antonia as one of our great American novels

In Praise of Professor Protagonists

Dave Astor | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

I like novels starring professors because they bring back memories of the ones I had in college.

Recognizing Ourselves in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 08.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Readers can love a novel or short story for many reasons -- including expert prose, a compelling plot, and well-drawn characters. There's also the appeal of what might be called the "recognition apparition."

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

Dave Astor | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

Biking a Wild Isle in the Bay of Fundy

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 10.08.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

Though my bruise is a bit smaller, I've been wearing shorts to show it off. When anyone asks, I tell them I fell of my bike during a rocky, rooty, muddy, wet and spectacular ride through the pristine wilderness of Grand Manan Island.

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

All-time Authors Sometimes Deliver Duds

Dave Astor | Posted 09.30.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Even great novelists occasionally write a clunker -- sort of a loose cannon in a canon. Often, the literary dud comes at or near the start of an author's career.

Many a City Is 'Title Town'

Dave Astor | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Do you read so much fiction that visiting a city almost always reminds you of certain novels?

Less Famous Literary Masterpieces

Dave Astor | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.

PHOTOS: Authors And The Trees That Inspired Them

Richard Horan | Posted 07.15.2011 | Books
Richard Horan

On a family vacation from Wisconsin to Dauphin Island, Alabama, we stopped at Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL to take a tour. In the front parlor there was a photograph of Honest Abe hanging on the wall.

Writing the Decent Denver Novel

Jenny Shank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jenny Shank

Writing the Great American Novel seemed out of the question. So instead I set out to write the Decent Denver Novel. Why Denver, you ask? Why not Denver, I say.

Get Thee to a Library! Unsung Hero of 41st St: Library Way

Lily Bevan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lily Bevan

Where better to joke about the tumultuous nature of literature than on a plaque the size of a puddle on the approach to one of the most important libraries in the world.

Celebrating Divine Love This Valentine's Day

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Whether you are with your loved one this Valentine's Day, or on your own, you can be celebrating Divine Love. What is Divine Love? How it any different from regular old love? And how can you celebrate it?

12 Months of Great Reads

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Here are my twelve: Each book celebrates the birth month of an author, a holiday or some other event connected to that month.

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.