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Druids and Damsels

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is one of the Top 150 novels of the last century. It is one of a series of novels by the author based on the legend of Camelot. What I loved about … Continue reading

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The Poor Among Us

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a well-known Top 150 20th Century novel which is semi-autobiographical. Over the course of the early 1900’s, the main character Francie and her family reside in several tenements in Brooklyn. Her … Continue reading

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It’s Academic

Possession by A.S. Byatt is one of the Top 150 novels of the last century. The story is about a scholar named Roland who, while researching the life of a Victorian poet named Ash, discovers drafts of two letters written … Continue reading

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Fighting for Life

Native Son by Richard Wright is a Top 150 novel published in 1940. It is one of the most powerful novels I have ever read. This story about a 20-year-old African-American man named Bigger Thomas living in the slums on … Continue reading

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Before His Time

James Agee died before his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Death in the Family, was completed. The book was edited and published posthumously.  I share this story about the novel because as I read it, it seemed to me as if … Continue reading

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I Want

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow was published in 1959 and is another of the Top 150 Novels of the 20th century. Henderson is a wealthy American pig farmer in his mid-fifties who is discontented with life.  He is … Continue reading

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