Monday, March 31, 2014

This week at the library: the South and the search for meaning

Dear readers:

Spring is finally here, and with it, April.  As is my custom, I'll be doing a special set of readings relating to English history or culture as we near St. George's Day on the 26th.  While nothing is finalized, I'm planning on two history books and two historical novels.  The past few weeks have been taken up with the South, what with Redneck Manifesto, I'll Take my Stand, and Confederates in the Attic. (I finished that just this morning, so look for a review later in the week.)  I anticipate that trend continuing somewhat as April marks the big Civil War reenactment. A growing interest in appreciating the South's history and culture is dangerously closed to reigniting my high school obsession with the Civil War.  (I don't say 'obsession' lightly; I used to go to sleep to Civil War music and had an AIM profile as done by a member of the "Coffee Rangers", an old Alabama regiment, complete with appropriate away messages and sounds pulled from my much-played copy of Sid Meier's Gettysburg.)  Speaking of wars, I've not yet decided on my Great War book for April, though there are a couple I am leaning toward.

Obsessions aside, the month won't just be taken up with the South, England, and the Great War (as themes collide...) I also wanted to do a few books on trade, commerce, and the like, including Why We Buy.  It's going to be a good month, I think. Happy reading!

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  1. Of course April - being my birth month - is Book Month over @ SaLT (not that a book related month will be greatly different from a normal month [grin] but you might notice some additional book related posts...

  2. I look forward to your review of the Tony Horwitz book--I read it many years ago but found it fascinating. I'll be happy to revisit it through your review!

  3. @As the Crow Flies: It should be up in a few days, and I'd look forward to sharing reactions. A friend of mine who has read it could only remember that it was "human but heartfelt".

    @Cyberkitten: The more the better!


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