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by Jean A. Turman
Reading is a portal to unlimited worlds. Where do books take you?
Though I often start out with an idea of where I want to go or what it is I'd like to explore, it is more often the case that the book or its author transports me to a place I'd never expected.
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. —Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
We know ourselves better than anyone else can ever know us; but knowing oneself is a lifelong journey affected in varying degrees by genetics, upbringing and influences of contacts, and the places one is able to call home.
My current journey is an exploration into 20th century writer John Steinbeck's entire canon, in chronological order. Spurred by a recent visit to the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay in the Central Valley of California, I soaked in the environment that birthed and bred the Nobel laureate John Steinbeck. The books published by one of the most acclaimed authors of the 20th century Great American novel, would encompass almost 40 years from 1929 to 1966, with additional works posthumously published through 1989.
Recents reads follow, most recent first