Reading Updates

A couple of books I’ve finished recently, for what it’s worth.

I thought that I had read Pearl Buck’s masterpiece, The Good Earth, but I don’t think I did.  Unless it was during the summer literature blitzkrieg between 8th & 9th grade, but even still, nothing about the book rang a bell.  A simple but compelling account of a simple Chinese farmer in the early 20th century and the rise of his family fortunes, the book doesn’t sound like very interesting fare, but I enjoyed it all the same.  Some things – issues, yearnings, fears, struggles – are timeless, and Buck does a good job of capturing them without sentimentalizing them.  
Prior to that, I finished a collection of essays and other short material from famed Lutheran humorist Garrison Keillor called We Are Still Married.  If you enjoy Keillior’s radio programs or books (most of which are really just collections of related short stories), then you’ll likely enjoy this as well.  There are some astoundingly insightful pieces in there, along with a handful of duds, but nobody’s perfect, right?
Reading anything good?  Send me a link!

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