Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners mapped by US setting

I have a confession to make. A major motivator in my Andrea Reads America project is my ambition to read more Great American Literature. I’ve read Faulkner and Ellison and Steinbeck; I’ve read Cather and Walker and Lee; but Philip Roth – who’s he? John Updike? Never tried him. Toni Morrison? I want to read … Continue reading Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners mapped by US setting

The ultimate reading experience: when your real life setting jibes with (or opposes) the one in your book

In general, my memory is pretty terrible.  I remember books; I remember their stories, their characters, whether I enjoyed the work or not.  But I rarely remember details of the circumstances under which I read them: where I was sitting, what was around me, the physical, sensory scene in my real life. But sometimes the … Continue reading The ultimate reading experience: when your real life setting jibes with (or opposes) the one in your book