Sea of Reads

Peripatetic, itinerant, eclectic musings about books, politics, history, language, culture, and anything else that interests me.


Now that I have finished reading The Making of a Lynching Culture, I’ve been looking through my library books to see what I want to read next. Here are the choices:

The Leopard Hat: A Daughter’s Journey by Valerie Steiker

George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-50, Vol. 4 of his collected essays, journalism, and letters

Norman Mailer’s memoir on writing, The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing

Jay Parini, The Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America

And of course, since I listed it last, my next read will be Thirteen Books That Changed America. The 13 books are:

  1. Of Plymouth Plantation
  2. The Federalist Papers
  3. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  4. The Journals of Lewis and Clark
  5. Walden
  6. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  8. The Souls of Black Folk
  9. The Promised  Land
  10. How To Win Friends and Influence People
  11. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care
  12. On the Road
  13. The Feminine Mystique

I must confess, I had never heard of Number 9 before. I had to look it up. I’ve never heard of Mary Antin, either. And I’m a bit surprised by Number 10 being on this list. I wouldn’t have thought Dale Carnegie’s book a “game-changer.”

I guess we will see.


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This entry was posted on August 7, 2009 by in Currently Reading, Recently Finished Reading.
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