"Marjorie Morningstar" is Herman Wouk's memorable coming-of-age story about the American daughter of Immigrant Jewish parents struggling to fit into the world of her peers. From the opening of the novel, where Marjorie's distinction between old-foreign (her parents, their accents) and new-foreign (Apartment buildings with fancy names overlooking Central Park), the reader understands that she wishes to be an All-American girl.
Marjorie begins the nove... The Caine Mutiny
A new Captain (Queeg) takes over the Caine Mutiny, a shoddy, unkempt mine sweeper. As the book reaches its climax, there are many happenings under Captain Queeg which surely shows his instability.
His attitude is, "Excellent is superior, superior is average, and there is nothing below that." Several events take place -- running over his own tow line due to an unremembered order to the helmsman; he believes that the ice cream and strawberries served we... The City Boy
The City Boy is Wouk's timeless coming-of-age/learning responsibility story about Herbie Bookbinder's summer prior to the eighth grade. Herbie is smart; at school promotions at the beginning of the novel, he skips a grade. He is not, however, athletic, prefering to eat his mother's cooking, rather than play baseball.
Most of the story takes place outside of the city, where Herbie attends sleepaway camp. Throughout the novel, he struggles to fit in ... The Winds of War (Thriller/Action)
Victor Henry (Pug) is placed between a rock and a hard place. His Navy career is on the line. He's forced to make a critical decision, and that's whether to accept a job in Berlin at the U.S. embassy as the Navy Attache. He's urged to take the job, and finally does. His analytical skills are spotted by the one and only: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Pug had correctly predicted the alliance between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia. That one prophetic analysi...
The Winds of War (Literature)
This epic follows the adventures of the Henry Family, the Dad, Vicor, anavy captain, his cheating wife, Rhoda, his obedient son, Warren, his slacker son, Byron, and Byron's jewish girlfriend, Natalie, during the rise of World War II. This wonderful book gives great insight into the causes and effects that brought the United States into the war, lending an interesting perspective from a naval family's point of view.... War and Remembrance
This story is about the continuing adventures of the Henry family as World War II escalates. Victor commands a war ship, Byron becomes a submariner, Rhoda continues her adulterous ways, and Natalie gets sent to a concentration camp with her uncle. ...