Mashed Bananas and Middlemarch

I first picked up¬†Middlemarch in a bookstore because the author's name was unfamiliar and therefore intriguing. "George Eliot?" I wondered aloud.¬† "I've never read anything by him before." "Her," my mom corrected, listening into my thoughts. "George Eliot was a woman." Of course then I had to read it. Being a girl with a boy's…