© Author Adventures

In 1931, Pearl S. Buck published a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that shed light on the role of women in a Chinese dynasty. The title of that book is The Good Earth, and it has been recommended on high school reading lists for decades. The main characters endured brutal challenges facing humanity, particularly women, and their environment.

In Hillsboro, the Nobel Prize-winning author’s birthplace is now a museum that can be toured. You can read about it at: http://www.pearlsbuckbirthplace.com/. It’s an ideal place for anyone with an interest in great literature, China, or both. (The population of tiny Hillsboro is approximately 250 residents.)

Young and young-at-heart readers may enjoy Pearl Buck: Jewel of the East, part of the The Treasure Chest series by Ann Hood, which also has a cool website at www.treasurechestseries.com. “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday,” wrote Pearl S. Buck.

(Read more about Pearl S. Buck in our Pennsylvania section.)

Pearl S. Buck’s birthplace is the third stop on our West Virginia Trail!

Patricia Smart