I have always loved to read but didn’t find the time during college. I returned to reading when I decided to read Of Mice and Men a few summers later. It was the best! I decided to read it every summer and every summer it gets better and better! —Christina Rodriguez Artavia
East of Eden…changed my world at the age of 13. —Kate Shanahan Deshaies
East of Eden. I had just moved away from California in middle school and felt connected to the book like I had never experienced. I went on to read as many of Steinbeck’s books as I could find. —Ried Elenich
East of Eden. I read this in college but couldn’t appreciate its richness until I reread it as an adult. —Mary Ann Percevich Slanina
The Red Pony. I was sobbing at the end, and couldn’t get enough Steinbeck for years. Always made me cry. But then I discovered Dickens’ Great Expectations and realized I liked laughing better! His characters are the best! —Sandy Felkowski
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