Christmas in Port William, Kentucky, 1954

Posted by Sherry on 12/9/2014 in 1954, Adult Fiction, Celebrations, Christmas, General, Literary fiction |

From Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry: “The night of the Christmas dance was starless. A few snowflakes were floating down out of the dark sky into the aura of electric light in front of Riverwood. I was moved to see the snowflakes melting in Clydie’s hair as I helped her out of her coat. She […]


1954: Books and Literature

Posted by Sherry on 1/26/2012 in 1954, 20th Century History Project, Booklists, General |

The National Book Award went to The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow. My mom once took a course in Modern Jewish literature, and I typed her papers for her. I learned all about Saul Bellow, Nathaniel West and Bernard Malamud by osmosis, so to speak, enough to know that Malamud would be my […]


1954: Events and Inventions

Posted by Sherry on 1/25/2012 in 1954, 20th Century History Project, General |

February 23, 1954. Lt. Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser becomes premier of Egypt. He will rule Egypt as a virtual dictator until his death in 1970. April, 1954. The new Salk polio vaccine is being tested on nearly one million children in the United States. It is hoped that the disease will be eradicated by the […]


It’s a Story, Folks, Not a How-to Manual

In the front of my paperback copy of Snipp, Snapp, Snurr Learn to Swim by Maj Lindman, Brown Bear Daughter found the following disclaimer: “A note to grownups: In this story, the characters are not wearing personal flotation devices or practicing some of the other water safety measures we now consider essential. While reading this […]


Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Posted by Sherry on 3/17/2006 in 1954, 20th Century History Project, Adult Fiction, General |

Another thrift store find, I picked up a paperback copy of this 1994 novel for 66 cents because I had heard of it, and it sounded interesting. On the front and back of the novel other adjectives are used to describe the story: “compelling,” “heart-stopping,” “haunting,” and “luminous,” are a few. I think I’ll stick […]


Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya

Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without an object cannot live. –Coleridge I read this book last week and thought it gave a beautiful, but very sad, picture of life in India for many people. It’s the story of a poor family, a fourth daughter who, because she has no dowry, […]

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