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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bookshelf ABC - Y

The Yearling will make you cry. Though it's technically children's literature, the content appeals to a broader audience. The novel is of the same ilk as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows. Without witches, without vampires, without futuristic utopias gone bad, The Yearling captures the angst of coming of age. Set in central Florida when it was a wild, unforgiving landscape, the book tenderly examines the challenges a boy faces as he crosses the threshold to manhood. If you missed out on reading this book as a kid, read it now.

Examine your bookshelf or your memory and leave a suggested Y book in the comments.


Jo said...

Yargo by Jacqueline Susanne one of my favourite space/romances.

William Kendall said...

One other book I haven't heard of.

There are a series of graphic novels dealing with a dystopian future in which men have died off, all but one man, called Y The Last Man.

Merilu Rose said...

Well Lucy you took my book, The Yearling. Marjorie Kennan Rawlings is one of my favorite authors, right up there with Steinbeck and Dickens. A good companion book is Cross Creek, this is the place where she lived in the winter and got the idea for and wrote The Yearling. I have been to her home in Cross Creek and it is, i think a State Park, exactly as it is described in the book. A real pilgrimage for me.