The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, Book Review

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, Book Review When you open up The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller, there is a section called The Beginning, and as I was reading, I thought it was a true story, or a dramatization of a true story, but that is not the case. It is a work of fiction published in 1992, which achieved bestselling status, selling over 50 million copies. There are times when I wonder if something is wrong with me because you have these mega bestselling books, but when I read them, my reaction is ambivalent at best. I read The Bridges of … [Read more...]

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Book Review

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Book Review Katherine Paterson was inspired to write Bridge to Terabithia when her son’s close friend was killed by lightning. Published in 1977, Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is a children’s book about the friendship between Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. Nine year old Leslie is an only child and 10 year old Jess is one of five children and the middle child. Jess is feeling neglected as the middle child and doing too many chores in the household because his two older sisters are skilled at getting out of performing chores and his two … [Read more...]

Shane by Jack Schaefer, Book Review

Shane by Jack Schaefer, Book Review I saw Shane by Jack Schaefer on my brother’s bookshelf and I decided to take it to remember him. Published in 1949, this book is a western classic read in schools, but I had never heard of it before. The story is narrated by a young boy, Robert MacPherson Starrett, affectionately known as Bob, and you get to see the spirit of the west, what life was like in the Wyoming Valley in the 1890s,through the eyes of this young lad. In the summer of 1899, Shane rides to the Wyoming Valley, weary, and needing water for both himself and his horse. The cowboy … [Read more...]