When I visit a new city, I always plan stops at a few of the best or more interesting bookstores.
Between 1930 and 1933, John Dos Passos published his three-part novel called “U.S.A.,” which is often referred to as the U.S.A. trilogy.
I’ve just returned from a road trip to Boston with my daughter. The few days we were there were packed with a lot of cultural and literary adventures. Here are highlights from the main literary ones.
Recently, two different people recommended Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” to me as a book worthy both of my reading time and of my focus for a column. I took their advice and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Its subtitle is “Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.”
The last half of May was a busy literary time for me, and I was very blessed to be included in three unique events I’d like to share with you.
Ann Patchett’s novel, “Bel Canto,” is most certainly based upon a hostage situation that took place in Peru, beginning on Dec. 17, 1996 and ending 126 days later when the terrorists were all killed.
I’m a member of a few online reading groups where I share recommendations and the occasional comment about books with other reading aficionados.
Even though “So Big” by Edna Ferber was published and won the Pulitzer for fiction 95 years ago, its content and themes are still thoroughly relatable today.
My best friend, to whose memory I dedicated my second book, would have been 51 years old last week.
Until I started reading Tom Hanks’s short story collection called "Uncommon Type," I hadn’t given much thought to all the different kinds of typewriters that exist in our world. This isn’t because I’ve never used a typewriter – believe me, I’m not that young. In fact, I learned to type on an…
Any online search of the words “reading challenge” will immediately garner you more challenges than you could complete in a lifetime. This tells me two wonderful things: people love to read, and people love a good challenge.
Katherine Anne Porter won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1966 for “The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter.” The title sums it all up — simply and succinctly.
A student recently asked me why I love words so much. Frankly, and ironically, this question left me almost speechless — not because I don’t know how to answer the question, but rather because the answer should be so obvious.
In my quest to read all 90 of the Pulitzer Prize winners of fiction, I have almost overlooked the winners from the decade in which I was born.
I write this column with a heavy heart. On Christmas Eve day my dear friend and teaching colleague, Nate Metschke, passed away while undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his liver. Nate was the band teacher every kid deserved, and he brought joy and laughter to everyone who knew him.
Willa Cather is one of our most recognized and beloved Nebraska authors. I’ve discussed two of her novels in this column in previous years. The first was her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “One of Ours,” and the second was one of her most famous books, “O Pioneers!” Many readers recognize the…
My love of reading started as a child, and one of the books I remember reading and loving then was “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri.
I’m not usually one to promote or even use technology for anything outside of the occasions when I absolutely have to use it.
For a number of years I’ve been a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild, and as part of the group I enjoy attending the writing conferences held in the spring and fall each year.
As the Great American Read winds to a close this month, I’d like to share some of the questions fellow readers have posted on the Facebook group called The Great American Read Book Club.