Just finished Mark Twain's "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc", a book I didn't know Mark Twain wrote until a friend mentioned it this Spring. Twain was fascinated by Joan of Arc and said "I like the Joan of Arc best of all my books,& it is the best . . . the others needed no preparation, & got none."
I have two on the go, Wolf Hall - one of those "what went on in the English court during the reign of Henry 8th". I was sucked in by the fact it won the Booker prize. Not sure if I like it yet. The other is by Noam Chomsky - Hopes and Prospects. The back jacket says it is "essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race and is wondering where to find a ray of hope". Well, there is definitely no sunshine in what I have read so far, a very depressing chapter 1.
Let me know about the Abe book - looks interesting.
Well, I have gotten 250 pages into the book, with 500 more to go. This should be a hint about what your would be tackling. It's interesting to me, as a history student, and the writing is very smooth, very readable. It hs lots and loads of detail, and that might turn a reader off.
I'm reading "'Tis" by Frank McCourt. Read "Angela's Ashes" last winter. After recovering from that I felt I had to read the sequel. It's so sad, funny and a miraculous story of survival in the face of stupendous odds. I just finished "Copper Beach" by Maeve Binchey. A wonderful light reading novel about the children who grew up after attending a small school in Ireland. The Copper Beach was the tree out in front of the school.
Alice, make sure you read McCourt's "Teacher Man" - I loved "Tis" but "Teacher Man" continues the story of McCourt's years as a high school teacher. It spoke to the teacher in me more than anything I've ever read.
I haven't read either of the 2 later McCourt books, but I'm adding them to my list of good intentions.
Sparty, Thanks for the tip. I fully intend to read Teacher Man. I'm enjoying " 'Tis". A quote that struk me from Angela's Ashes was when one of the priests at the school told the class: everyone has the right to make up his own mind but first you need to stock it. I have that hanging by my front door.
Bud, You can have my copy of 'Tis when I'm through. I'm also looking for a copy of Teacher Man to borrow. I'm a slow reader so it'll take me a couple of months.
I just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. A story about southern white women and their "colored" maids in Mississippi in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. It is wonderfully told, reads like a thriller at times, and is a sad and revealing tale of folks who were racist in their bones. Sometimes difficult to discuss with many of my friends who were raised here in the South, as I am just a northern transplant who does not mean to be judging them.
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