What We’re Reading

by Jennifer Holden Ward

East of Eden

by John Steinbeck

A few times a year, perhaps out of sheer guilt, I read a classic or two, and I'm always glad when I do. Right now I am reading East of Eden. From the first sentence I was reminded of Steinbeck's keen sense of placeā€”a trait that I love in writing, whether it be in fiction or travel writing. He doesn't just introduce his characters; he transports you to where they are.