Fiction Shelf

Tis the good reader that makes the good book...in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Death Comes For the Archbishop  by Willa Cather

Okay, I thought I was the only person in the world who loved this book.  It contains the famous quote on miracles: "Where there is great love there are always miracles. ..(miracles) seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always."  I was gratified to see that it made the Time list of 100 best English-language novels.

 

Middlemarch by George Eliot

I recently finished reading this classic. It took me a while to get into it There are several memorable characters and some great lines including: "We have all got to exert ourselves a little to keep sane" , "of course men know best about everything, except what women know better." and the classic "What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult to each other." You can download it free from Digital Books (see link) and even search within the text.