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The Sackett Series

I don’t know if you like reading things that are different from your normal reading and that allow your mind to rest a while.  For me this is usually night-stand reading.  I like western Americana and adventure, and I have reported before on Zane Grey, Louis L’Armour, John Fox, Jr., and Harold Bell Wright  (even […]

Crittenden

John Fox Jr. (1862-1919) was a war correspondent and a graduate in English from Harvard. He served during the Spanish-American War and rode with the Rough Riders. This book (1900) is a story about a soldier who left his Kentucky Bluegrass home and fought in that war, so this story is told from a startlingly […]

The Old Man and the Sea

My mother was an English teacher (I hate to admit it) in the public school system in Oxford, Ohio as my siblings and I were growing up. Therefore, I have a number of light reading books from her library. Since I was on my way to Alaska to see kids and grandkids, and to do […]

True Grit

I have always been a John Wayne fan and True Grit was one of my favorite movies. I bought a 1968 (first edition) copy of this book in a used book store and finally got around to reading it. There were many interesting things in the book that were different from the movie. There are […]

The Pilgrim’s Progress

How many years has it been since you first read this classic book?  I decided it had been too long for me and when I acquired a used Kindle with this book already on it, I read it that way.  I must say that I again enjoyed it thoroughly and was challenged by its illustrations.  […]

The Man Who Went Away

This finishes the 16 HBW books I have out of the 19 he wrote.  This was his last book written in 1942 about a man who owned and saved the Red Wood Forests, opting for the sublimity of the ageless past over the lurid and fast-paced future.  (I collect HBW books and am looking for […]

Ma Cinderella

From Wright’s first book, That Printer of Udell’s (1903) to this book (1932), the Ozark author completed his 16th book.  This one is typically set in the Ozark hills and involves a backwards woman (Ma) who works hard to give her son a better life, which he eventually comes to appreciate.  The morals and virtue […]

Exit

I continue with my goal of reading all of Wright’s books. He wrote his first one in 1903 (That Printer of Udell’s was Dwight Eisenhower’s initial introduction to the gospel) and his last one (19th) in 1942. I own 16 of the 19 books and this one, if taken in chronological order, is the 15th. […]

God and the Grocery Man

As I continue to read through all nineteen books by HBW, I’ve come to my first real disagreement with the esteemed author in this, his thirteenth, book written in 1927.  Wright creates a typical context of early 1900s America.  This, ironically to me, is set in Kansas City, MO and a small town northwest of […]

A Son Of His Father

This is the twelfth HBW book, written in 1925 and printed by Appleton.  It is a story set in Arizona ranch land promoting honesty, hard work, and integrity.  Such stories seem like ancient history (or maybe something from another planet) compared to today’s general reading.