Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a 1960s book far ahead of its time. It captured some cool concepts about space, aliens, good vs. evil, and even spirituality. I read this book twice: once as an eleven-year-old, and once as a twenty-year-old. I loved it both times, but got more out of it the … Continue reading Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Book Review: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Set in the 1960s, The Poisonwood Bible centers around the wife and four– very different– daughters of a preacher who takes his family to Africa as missionaries. This novel is a remarkable accomplishment by author Barbara Kingsolver. The chapters rotate between the unique voices of each sister: the beautiful Rachel, a vain teenager who simply … Continue reading Book Review: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

In this beautiful and exceptionally-written coming-of-age novel, The Secret Life of Bees, author Sue Monk Kidd transports us to a 1960s South Carolina summer. Young Lily and her black housekeeper, Rosaleen, are on the run from Lily’s abusive father. Meanwhile, a group of racist white men are after Rosaleen for insulting them. Following the lead … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Book Review: Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

Ellen Foster is a little girl in the 1960s who is neglected by her parents. She goes from family member to family member, each as cold and unreceptive as the next. All the while, Ellen retains her toughness, yet longs to live in a happy foster home. While the novel consists of her memories of suffering … Continue reading Book Review: Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

Book Review: Dear America: Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty (Boston, Massachusetts 1968) by Ellen Emerson White

This is the story of the all-Irish-American Flaherty family in the 1960s. Molly is that girl in school who is outgoing and popular, her brother is the handsome jock whom everyone adores, her dad is a fiery Irish-bred firefighter, and her mother is a devout Catholic. But Molly is torn about her opinions regarding the … Continue reading Book Review: Dear America: Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Diary of Molly MacKenzie Flaherty (Boston, Massachusetts 1968) by Ellen Emerson White