Illustrated Book Report

“AN AMERICAN HOUSE” PUBLISHED IN 2006
An American House is set in a small Northeastern Iowa town during the 1930s. In his first novel, Paul Bland has written what appears to be a simple story on its surface, but the meaning runs deep. It is, in fact, about larger issues, an examination of the meaning of home, and too it reflects the social and political climate of the era leading up to World War II and the Holocaust. It is a beautifully written tale; abbreviated and metaphysical, spiritual, visually colorful and yet one-dimensional and shaded with grays as a photograph might be.

DINNER AT EIGHT MOVIE POSTER
This is the movie Robert Hudson goes to see at the movie house
after a day’s work in the Mahoney garden.

ROBERT HUDSON’S RADIO 1934
The dial lit up when the radio was on.

BETTY MAYLAND’S BOARDING HOUSE AS IT LOOKS TODAY

NORMAL SCHOOL CAMPANILE
This clock tower was in view from Robert and “String Bean’s” dormitory room.

PRESIDENT’S HOUSE NORMAL SCHOOL
Where Ann and Robert met at a poetry reading.
It was a Shakespeare sonnet that was being read when Ann entered the room.

RED BRICK BUILDING FOR ACADEMICS, THE NORMAL SCHOOL

THE NORMAL SCHOOL LIBRARY 1930S.
Robert liked to read and study here in the evenings.

Murals brought all the way from New York
decorate the walls of The Normal School Library.

THE CIRCLE ELM, THE NORMAL SCHOOL CAMPUS

THE TRAIN RAILROAD LINE ALONGSIDE
THE CEDAR RIVER, RED CEDAR IOWA

PRESIDENT’S HOUSE WALL GALLERY OF AMERICAN PAINTINGS

THE NORMAL SCHOOL LIBRARY EXTERIOR

RAPP’S GAS STATION, RED CEDAR IOWA
This is where Robert worked while the owner went on a vacation

ICE HOUSE, RED CEDAR IOWA
The Ice House was no longer used because refrigeration had been invented
and was used now in most homes.

ROBERT HUDSON’S HOUSE WHERE HE GREW UP

RED CEDAR IOWA TRAIN STATION AS IT LOOKS TODAY.
Robert Hudson worked here for a short time one summer in 1934.

THE MAHONEY ITALIANATE STYLE HOUSE
Attached to the house was a garden that Robert planted with Ann Mahoney’s help.

RED CEDAR IOWA CHURCH CAMPGROUNDS AND CABINS AS THEY ARE TODAY.
This is where Robert found temporary housing for himself at the start
of an Iowa winter.

MARSHALL FIELD AND COMPANY DEPARTMENT STORE IN CHICAGO ILLINOIS
This is where Ann spent a morning shopping.

VIEW OF CORN FIELDS OUTSIDE A TRAIN WINDOW AS ROBERT HUDSON
LEFT RED CEDAR IOWA FOR NEW YORK CITY

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