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Jane Smiley Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ellen and Ned Books

Riding Lessons (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saddles & Secrets (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking the Reins (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Horses Of Oak Valley Ranch Books

The Georges and the Jewels / Nobody's Horse (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Good Horse / Secret Horse (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Blue / Mystery Horse (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pie in the Sky / Champion Horse (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gee Whiz / Star Horse (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Barn Blind (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Paradise Gate (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duplicate Keys (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Greenlanders (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Thousand Acres (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moo (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horse Heaven (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Faith (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Days in the Hills (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Private Life (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twenty Yawns (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perestroika in Paris (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dangerous Business (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucky (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Collections

The Age of Grief (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ordinary Love and Good Will: Two Novellas (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Sagas of Icelanders (1200)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catskill Crafts: Artisans of the Catskill Mountains (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charles Dickens (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Year At the Races: Reflections On Horses, Humans, Love, Money And Luck (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers (With: Dave Eggers) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women (With: Carmen Maria Machado,Kate Bolick,Jenny Zhang) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Questions That Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Penguin Lives Books

Abraham Lincoln (By: Thomas Keneally) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mao Zedong: A Life (By: Jonathan D. Spence) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mozart: A Life (By: Peter Gay) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marcel Proust (By: Edmund White) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Horse (By: Larry McMurtry) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saint Augustine (By: Garry Wills) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Joyce (By: Edna O'Brien) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rosa Parks (By: Douglas Brinkley) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Virginia Woolf (By: Nigel Nicolson) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Woodrow Wilson (By: Louis Auchincloss) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Herman Melville (By: Elizabeth Hardwick) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leonardo da Vinci: A Life (By: Sherwin B. Nuland) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dante (By: R.W.B. Lewis) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Austen: A Life (By: Carol Shields) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Buddha (By: Karen Armstrong) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Simone Weil (By: Francine du Plessix Gray) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andy Warhol: A Biography (By: Wayne Koestenbaum) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life (By: Marshall Frady) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joseph Smith (By: Robert V. Remini) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winston Churchill: A Life (By: John Keegan) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pope John XXIII (By: Thomas Cahill) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charles Dickens (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elvis Presley (By: Bobbie Ann Mason) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Saint Therese of Lisieux (By: Kathryn Harrison) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robert E. Lee (By: Roy Blount Jr.) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life (By: Ada Louise Huxtable) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
George Herbert Walker Bush (By: Tom Wicker) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Napoleon (By: Paul Johnson) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Julia Child (By: Laura Shapiro) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joan of Arc (By: Mary Gordon) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Martin Luther (By: Martin E. Marty) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Branch Rickey: A Life (By: Jimmy Breslin) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Warmer Collection Books

The Way the World Ends (By: Jess Walter) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boca Raton (By: Lauren Groff) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Controller (By: Jesse Kellerman) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
There's No Place Like Home (By: Edan Lepucki) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falls the Shadow (By: Skip Horack) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
At the Bottom of New Lake (By: Sonya Larson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hillside (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Great American Short Stories(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Short Stories 1995(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Parts(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Body(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers on Writing(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Erotica 2005(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New American Voices 2006(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Wrong: Real-Life Stories about the Men We Used to Love(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dedicated to the People of Darfur(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horse Girls: Recovering, Aspiring, and Devoted Riders Redefine the Iconic Bond(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

The full name of the writer Jane smiley is Jane graves smiley and she was born on the 26th of September in California in Los Angeles in the United States of America. Most of the writer’s works center on family and they have a pastoral setting. Jane smiley took her studies in literature at the Vassar College (B.A. in 1971) as well as in the University of Lowa (M.A. IN THE YEAR 1975, M.F.A IN 1976 and Ph.D. in 1978). From the year 1981 to the year 1996, she was an English professor at the Lowa state university and with time she resorted to writing fulltime. Jane smiley has also worn some awards as a result of her writing and the book a thousand acres, (1991 that later on in the year 1997 was filmed) won the Pulitzer prize and it is so far known as the bestselling novel for Jane Smiley. The book Ten Days in the Hills written in 2007 that is a reworking of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron was set in Hollywood. Below are some of the works that the featured author has written:

The Barn Blind

The first novel that Jane smiley wrote was the barn blind. The barn blind focuses mainly on the relationship between a mother and her children. In Jane smiley’s book barn blind, Kate Carlson, is the heroine of this pastoral novel and she is the mother to four adolescent children that she aspires to turn to Olympic equestrian stars that she failed to become while she was in her youth. Kate Carlson is brought out as a self-absorbed mother that is blind to the desires of her own children. Her four children on the other hand obey and honor their mother despite the fact that they dream of one day to escape from their mother and pursue their own desires. In the novel, the four Carlson teenagers labor from morning at character building chores that they are accustomed to obviously by their mother on the 40-horse, 300-acre farm that mainly include horse work; their mother feels that a family that rides together abides together. However, Peter is dazed, john is lashed by angry frustrations henry champs at the bit and Margaret the only girl drowns in romantic tears and unlike her mother, Margaret is a warm sensitive woman. In this novel, Jane smiley handles mainly the cumbersome love that family members feel for one another.

The Greenlanders

Another one of the early books written by Jane smiley is the Greenlanders and in this book is the character Erik the red who was born in Norway immigrated to Iceland and after being exiled from Iceland, he traveled looking for a rumored island and this was assumed to be in 982. The sagas were not recorded in history until the early part of the 13th century and it is believed that 15 years before the Christian faith became law in Iceland, Eric sailed there with only 25 ships of which 10 did not make it to reach the land that he was looking for having being exiled from Iceland. The land was eventually named Greenland and in the next few years, settlers took up the residence and they formed the so called western and the eastern settlement and the Norse descendants for 500 years farmed hunted and traded all through Europe and later on the great death swept and since ships failed to arrive in Greenland, the Greenlanders were left to their own isolation. Smiley feels great compassion for the Greenlanders as they are portrayed as not only victims of time and history but also of their own limitations since due to their strong cultural beliefs, they are not able to adapt to changes that if they had found a way to live with, they would have survived. The Greenlanders simply unravels hundreds of episodes that mainly include culture. The Greenlanders uses a folklore-like mode and the stories that are in it fold into more others making it seem more told rather than written. The end of the Greenlanders novel closes with a tale that is about to be told; the citizens of this country severely diminished saw that the events that are featured in the book happened since the world by nature is fallen from paradise and there are no promises from God to repair it but rather is meant for us human beings to repair our own souls.

The books written by the featured author have an alienation from the works of other authors and by alienation in mean that they are better off as compared to what other authors normally write. Take for example the novel; barn blind:

“He stepped through dew and cottony dandelions, slid his fingers through moist fence boards. For a moment, he lay down, first with his nose against the soil, then on his back, flat as if the sky was a stone that pressed him down. Even with the moon at half, thee were stars and stars he thought of buddy a rather pretentious older cousin that once had a telescope, a flashlight and a star map. Buddy was very methodical. John narrowed his eyes and the moon receded, making of the night sky a tunnel pricked with diamonds. He veered toward sleep, shook his head and stood up.”

From the above extract from the story, the vivid description of what the character partakes in renders the reader of the novel engrossed as the imagery also takes over.

In the trilogy Some Luck, Jane features the way lives were buffeted by weather, the way work never ended and how, for kids, there is never any spare time. Below is a quote from the book verifying this?

“You like to shoot?” writes Jane smiley. “Well shoot a rabbit, and mama will make rabbit stew or shoot that coyote that is trying to enter into the chicken house. …You want fried chicken for supper? Go out and catch a chicken and wring its neck-you’ll have to learn some time.”

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