After hearing the founder of the American Inland Mission tell about needs of impoverished people within a day’s train ride of her Asheville, N.C., home, against her parents’ wishes, Christy Huddleston goes off to teach in a one-room school in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. From the moment she steps off the train in a snow […]
In 1925, Jack Holman becomes a Sand Pebble, one of the U. S. Navy seamen assigned to the San Pablo, an aging gunboat that patrols the Yangtze River. Jack’s a loner whose passion is engines. He quickly learns the San Pablo is “a home and a feeder,” where coolies do the work and living conditions […]
James A. Michener’s novel Hawaii earns the adjective epic just for its length. But the novel lives up to that accolade. Michener makes his fiction read like biography, leaving readers convinced that the way he tells it was the way it was.