*** Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

Another all-time favorite that I’ve read over and over and taught many times.  Hurston was a brave and independent soul to have written such a story in the 1920’s of Tea Cake and Janie and their life in the Florida everglades.  It is truly a love story, but also a story of a woman who refuses to follow traditional customs and marches to her own beat, ditching a frumpy dress and donning overall instead.  The uneducated southern dialect can be very difficult to read at first, but generally after a bit, the words flow down the page.  (fiction)

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