Digital List Price: CDN$ 21.99
Kindle Price: CDN$ 17.10

Save CDN$ 4.89 (22%)

includes free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet or computer – no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle for Web.

Using your mobile phone camera, scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle app

The Meaning of Names by [Karen Gettert Shoemaker]

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

The Meaning of Names Kindle Edition

4.3 4.3 out of 5 stars 224 ratings

Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition

Product description


Suddenly, ‘liberty cabbage’ replaces ‘sauerkraut’ on food menus, job advertisements warn ‘no krauts need apply,’ and neighbors demand the nearby university stop teaching courses in ‘that vile language....’ Shoemaker crafts eminently realistic characters; her descriptions of unreasonable fear and hatred are particularly effective.
Publishers Weekly

“Reading this novel puts the reader on the edge of her seat; it is intensely moving, and Shoemaker teaches lessons about social tolerance and how dangerous small-mindedness can be, an important lesson for all ages, but especially today.”
—Biljana D. Obradović, World Literature Today

The Meaning of Names explores exactly that – what message does a simple name convey? How is that meaning twisted during times of trial? Shoemaker presents readers with a simple, realistic cast of characters, a heart-rending story of endurance, and reminds us that both prejudice and forgiveness take many forms.
Historical Novel Society

"Shoemaker writes with even, rhythmic, beautifully colored prose… a book of big themes, true history and serious art."
Lincoln Journal Star

Omaha Reads Author Karen Gettert Shoemaker on Nebraska, Writing and Libraries

Complicated American history mixes with the promise of life and the fear of human coping in Karen Gettert Shoemaker’s delightfully rich novel…. Both a historical fiction of the plains and a tapestry of human emotion, The Meaning of Names comes forth with purpose, showing promise to readers native to Nebraska and, plainly, to anyone interested in a good read.
L Magazine

The New York Times Op-Ed: "We're Doing What We Can to Keep Truckers on the Road"during a pandemic

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Karen Gettert Shoemaker is the author of Night Sounds and Other Stories (Dufour, 2002) and a novel, The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, 2014). Awards for her writing include a Nebraska Press Association Award for Feature Writing, two Independent Artist Fellowship Awards from the Nebraska Arts Council, and a Nebraska Book Award for Short Fiction. Her work has been published in a variety of newspapers and journals, including The London Independent, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, and The South Dakota Review, and anthologized in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, An Untidy Season, and Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. She is a faculty mentor with the University of Nebraska’s MFA in Writing Program. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she and her husband own and operate Shoemaker’s Truck Stop and Travel Center.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00IYEUYZ0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Red Hen Press; First edition (March 1 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1415 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 297 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 4.3 out of 5 stars 224 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Discover more of the author’s books, see similar authors, read author blogs and more

Customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5
224 global ratings

Top review from Canada

Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on March 19, 2014

Top reviews from other countries

Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Clarification
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on November 4, 2021
Verified Purchase
josephine briggs
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 15, 2016
Verified Purchase
5 people found this helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for book discussion and Willa Cather fans
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 28, 2015
Verified Purchase
7 people found this helpful
Pamela M. Barger
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 10, 2014
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Beth Peyton
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Dark
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 15, 2015
Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful
Report an issue

Does this item contain inappropriate content?
Do you believe that this item violates a copyright?
Does this item contain quality or formatting issues?