Knit to This: The Great American Novel

By Ann Shayne
November 10, 2016

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  • Thank you for writing this! I started it yesterday & am enjoying it immensely.

  • One of my faves. I may just have to take the plunge. 😉

  • I’m actually reading this in my American Renaissance graduate seminar right now! Even though my field is 19th Century American literature, I have to admit this isn’t one of my favorites. It is, however, a classic that every American should read. How fun!

  • Ann! I can’t believe the coincidence. Just before I saw this, I ran into my old professor of American literature, Andrew Delbanco, and that led me to this absolutely deathless Stephen Colbert link, in which (apropos of the opening of the movie In the Heart of the Sea), Stephen makes Andy teach him Moby Dick while riding the world’s third highest roller coaster. No read-along would be complete without this! Please, if you like it, feel free to post it in the Lounge.

  • I read Moby Dick. We tackled it in my book club, and I was one of the only ones who did not give up. Though, full disclosure, I did some serious skimming through the section that was just about whaling details. (At least, I think that’s what that section was …)

    A nice follow-up to Moby Dick, is Ahab’s Wife. Not a challenging read like MD, but a lovely one.

  • I listened to this when it was originally released!