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Leslie Marmon Silko is a fairly rad chick, also quite the accomplished writer to boot--but she likely would not tell you any of that himself. When she released Ceremony in 1977, she was unwilling to accept the name of "first female Native American novelist." As she points out in this interview, a whole lot about Native American history has been lost. "There could have been a Native American girl long ago that we don't know about," Silko speculates. Sounds like someone's been eating her fair......Read More
In England, at the middle of the nineteenth century (a.k.a. Victorian times) Charles Dickens was totally fed up with Utilitarianism and Political Economy. Whoa, don't panic! Shmoop to the what-on-earth-is-that-big-capitalized-word rescue! Political Economy is exactly what they predicted economics back in the day, and Utilitarianism is the idea that we ought to put up society to do the greatest good for the most number of individuals. It sounds great when we say it like this, but how can anyone......Read More
Based on its name, you may think that The Book Thief is a spy thriller or a Holmes-style detective story. Yep, a ten-year-old woman is the name's thief. Along with the books she is stealing are not top-secret documents-- they're only... books. If you have caught sneaking books today, you'd get in serious trouble (or at least collect a shocking library good). But we adore Liesel Meminger, and we root for her and her thieving ways throughout her narrative. This young German woman growing up in......Read More
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