31 books I can’t live without: Their Eyes Were Watching God (13)

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on! 

Disclosed book on table at library

51b22z84kl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Synopsis: “One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, this book brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.”

Why I can’t live without this book: This was the first book I ever read – and subsequently taught – that made me realize that another perspective, another voice, another opinion might exists (beyond that of the culturally white literature I’d found myself immersed in). Beyond that, the writing is gorgeous and you’ll no doubt find yourself captivated by the storytelling ways of Janie Mae Crawford, the strong and invincible main character who grows up and finds love (over and over again, one might argue) throughout the novel’s pages.

(One of my) favorite quotes: “Two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves.” YUP.

So, Their Eyes Were Watching God: did you read it as a high school student or as an adult? How have the storytelling ways of Zora Neale Hurston stayed with you? 

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2 thoughts on “31 books I can’t live without: Their Eyes Were Watching God (13)

  1. This is such a beautiful, powerful book. Definitely a favorite here, too! And, how cool that you taught it. I wish I had read more like this in high school…

    1. I’d be interested to see if high school teachers are teaching it now too, especially with a resurgence in appreciation for African American voices. Here’s to hoping…

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