Book Club - Now Reading: Caleb's Crossing

Deborah Harkness
Alex George
Ann Napolitano
William Deresiewicz
Jessica Spotswood
Geraldine Brooks
Brené Brown
Stephanie McAfee
Sophie Morgan
Tana French
Terry McMillan
Jen Lancaster
Geneen Roth
Julie Klam
Amy Kalafa
Ally Condie
Julia Cameron
Kate Marshall & David Marshall
Sylvia Day
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Amor Towles
Jeremy Page
Dominique Browning
Karen White
Stephen Dau
Laura Moriarty
Laura Dave
Kim Edwards
Jeffrey Zaslow
Claire Bidwell Smith
Seré Prince Halverson
Eleanor Brown
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Lisa Gardner
Linwood Barclay
Liane Moriarty
Gayle Forman
William D. Lassek, M.D. & Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.
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Now Reading: Caleb's Crossing

Caleb's Crossing: Bah! #Patriarchy!

Ever since my mom gave me a copy of Year of Wonders, years and years ago, I've been a big fan of Geraldine Brooks and was thrilled beyond words when I found out Caleb's Crossing would be the first book reviewed by the brand new BlogHer Book Club. As reviews from the community poured in, I avoided the ones that seemed like they would contain the most spoilers and waited impatiently for my opportunity to dig in.  Read more >

Crossing Paths, Lines, and Eras in "Caleb's Crossing"

"Crossing," I thought. "What did Geraldine Brooks mean with her title? That's a loaded word." For the first third of the novel, though, the only thing "Caleb's" was crossing was ... me. In Caleb's Crossing, the author establishes her protagonist, Bethia, in place and time, a 17th-century Puritan girl, living as one of the first white settlers on Martha's Vineyard, living alongside the Wampanoag tribe.  Read more >

Quiet Rebellion in Caleb's Crossing

In Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks weaves a rich tapestry out of one simple fact -- in 1665, a young man named Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. Little remains about the real life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, so what Brooks presents us with is a fictional story of what might have been.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing is Great Historial Fiction

Several years ago my book club picked, Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks as our monthly pick. It was a fictionalized account of something that actually occurred. Following Year of Wonders, I sought out, and devoured Ms. Brooks other books, People of the Book and March. With this background, I was excited when offered the opportunity to read and review, Caleb’s Crossing.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing: Bethia's Journey

When I was recently picked to review Geraldine Brooks latest novel Caleb's Crossing, I was slightly less than excited. I love to read, but not usually historical fiction. Where is the fun in that? I didn't even like history in college much less pretend history. However, I was surprised each night as I stayed up reading way past my bed time.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing: A Gritty Look at Puritan America

In Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks, Bethia narrates the story through her personal journal.  Read more >

The Emotional Journey in Caleb's Crossing

Fictionally based in the 1660’s -- when a girl's right to an education, opinion or voice weren't of any value -- Geraldine Brooks brings us Caleb's Crossing, the beautifully crafted story told exclusively through the eyes and voice of Bethia Mayfield, the young daughter of a Puritan minister on Martha's Vineyard.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing Surprised Me

I wasn't sure what to expect with Caleb's Crossing. I'm generally not a fan of historical novels, and tend to naturally gravitate toward only a few types of books (i.e. mystery, crime, chick lit, etc.)Location  Read more >

Compared to Bethia I am Selfish: Caleb's Crossing

Have you ever wished you could be a better person overall? Thinking of others’ needs before your own; finishing a task before someone else has to think about it; giving up your dreams for someone else. Throughout reading Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, I was constantly reminded of how I selfish I can be in comparison to Bethia, the narrator of the book. She did all of the above and more.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing: A Touching Tale of Unlikely Friendship

Before beginning the book, Caleb's Crossing by <Geraldine Brooks, I really had no expectations. However, as I began reading I was very pleased. The method of storytelling was incredible and instantly grabbed my attention. The story is told through the eyes of Puritan, Bethia, who becomes friends with a Native American boy named Caleb who resides on the same island off the coast of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Read more >