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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: A Story of Triumph and Love

You are an independent woman with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, being denied the only thing that you have ever dreamed of -- an education. You are a woman pretending to be simpleminded, because possessing a higher intellect than your male counterparts, is a punishable act that proves you are a sinner.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing: Even the most unlucky among us can be heroes

Geraldine Brooks' novel, Caleb's Crossing, draws you in from the first page and doesn't let you go. As a soft hearted soul, I found myself full of passionate anger through every chapter of this tale. I kept those pages turning, begging, for the repression, shame, and heart ache to end. All the while lost in Brooks fluidity and effortlessness. I credit her historical accuracy, breathe taking imagery, strong character development, and skillful language, as my transport into this sad yet intriguing world.  Read more >

On Being a Woman in the 1600s: Caleb's Crossing

Sometimes you are surprised by what you learn in reading a novel. In Geraldine Brooks new book, Caleb's Crossing, the surprise for me was learning about how women were treated in the 1600s in the new world. Though I had probably read about this somewhere before, it was new to me that women, or girls, were not encouraged to learn.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing - A Book Review

I truly wasn't sure what I would think about a book whose premise is the story of the first American Indian to graduate from Harvard College. I thought Caleb's Crossing would perhaps be a tedious read, but I was happily very wrong. There is so much more depth and story to be told. Geraldine Brooks' story is told through the eyes of Bethia Mayfield, a daughter of an English minister come to the new world to save those whom he can, including the "heathen" Indians.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing Is As Real As It Can Get

I just finished reading Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks and I will say this -- I could not put it down from the first page to the last. I kept going back to it in the middle of everything I had to do.  Read more >

BlogHer Book Club's Caleb's Crossing

"At sunset, if I am near the water -- and it is hard to be very far from it here -- I pause to watch the splendid disc set the brine aflame and then douse itself in its own fiery broth." So says main character Bethia Mayfield as she poetically describes her most favorite place; Martha's Vineyard in the book Caleb's Crossing artfully written by Geraldine Brooks.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing Made Me Happy to Live in the Present

Geraldine Brooks' newest novel has given me a yet another time and place to be thankful that I did not personally experience. Caleb's Crossing is primarily the story of Bethia Mayfield, a rather bright young girl growing up on the island that would become Martha’s Vineyard, and Caleb, a boy from the Wampanoag tribe with whom Bethia’s family comes to share the island. And colonial America? It was not a free-wheeling, easy-like-Sunday-morning place for anyone to live.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing: A new favorite

A package arrived in the mail for me. I excitedly opened the wrapping that I knew contained my first ever book club book... Caleb’s Crossing, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. There it was just waiting to be read and reviewed. I had a week to read it, and I couldn’t wait to get started. I quickly scanning the cover and then flipped to the first page.  Read more >

The Passion for Education in Caleb's Crossing

Bethia Mayfield, the main character of Geraldine Brooks' novel Caleb's Crossing, never gave up her quest to learn despite being born and raised in an era in which women were not formally educated. I love the images Brooks depicts as she describes Bethia straining to listen to the teachings of her father.  Read more >

Caleb's Crossing is Engrossing and Richly Detailed

When I first received Caleb's Crossing Caleb's Crossing, it felt a lot like homework. I had one of those “what have I gotten myself into” moments, when I thought about all the work stuff I had to do and my three small kids -- how would I ever read an entire novel? What if I didn’t like it?  Read more >