Reading Pearl

The little book I reviewed last week, Christmas Day in the Morning, reminded me how much I love the work of Pearl S. Buck.  Her writing is so beautiful and her stories so compelling, whether written for adults or children.  She’s an absolute favorite, and I decided that during this coming year I will give myself the gift of reading more of her work.

She was a prolific writer, publishing over 70 books, and although we associate her primarily with China, she wrote novels about other cultures and nonfiction about important issues as well.  Apart from her novels, she wrote about children with disabilities (her own daughter suffered from PKU as an infant and was severely disabled); she wrote about adoption issues (she adopted 9 children);  she wrote biographies of both her parents and her own autobiography; and she wrote wonderful books for children and young adults. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for The Good Earth, and the Nobel Prize for all her work.  She was a great humanitarian and an activist for human and civil rights. She is one of my heroes!

Many of her books are now out of print and available only through the libraries or used books dealers, but they are treasures worth tracking down. There are also a number of excellent biographies of her. The one I have sitting on my shelf is Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography, by Peter Conn.

I’ve put together a starter list of books I would like to read or reread, and will expand this list and link my reviews to it throughout the year.  Even though I’m doing this as a personal challenge, if any of you are interested in reading some of her work, please join me!  You are welcome to use the button I made for myself, and I welcome any discussion of what you read and learn about Pearl S. Buck!  I will happily post links to your reviews, if you’ll email me and let me know when you post about her work.

Children’s Books:

Fiction:

  • The House of Earth Series:
  1. The Good Earth
  2. Sons
  3. A House Divided
  • Peony
  • Mandala: A Novel of India
  • Imperial Woman
  • The Mother
  • The New Year
  • East Wind, West Wind

Non-Fiction

  • The Fighting Angel: Portrait of a Soul (her biography of her father)
  • The Exile (her biography of her mother)
  • My Several Worlds
  • To My Daughters, With Love
  • The Child Who Never Grew
  • A Bridge for Passing

About her:

  • Pearl Buck: A Cultural Biography, by Peter Conn
  • Between Two Worlds, by Barbara Mitchell (a biography for middle school readers)
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4 thoughts on “Reading Pearl

  1. stacybuckeye

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by Buck. She sounds fascinating and I look forward to hearing more about her and her books. I’ll have to pick one to read this year.

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  2. Robin Post author

    Thanks, Gavin…and a very happy New Year to you, too. I’m so glad you’re going to reread The Good Earth, and look forward to reading your review.

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