Hope Davis's Bookshelf
By Willa Cather
This is another story of intrepid pioneers—a novel told primarily from the point of view of a boy, Jim, who lives near a girl whose family left Europe for the Nebraska prairie. I reread this novel every couple of years because Cather beautifully depicts the place and the people of that era—people who were tough and resourceful. Life now is physically so easy—how much time do we have to spend planting wheat or baking bread?—and the challenges have changed so much. It's appealing to be reminded of what hardy stock we come from.