With too much bad news on TV to watch, I’ve delved into heavy reading and thought I would share what I chose.
After seeing the entire PBS Vietnam series I ordered the book penned by veteran Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried. I asked the kids if they had read his book (because they too watched the series and we talked a lot about the war as the series aired), and I got major texting eye roll emojis back. Mom, said two, we’ve read it several times. Where have I been that I didn’t own this? Don’t answer. That was rhetorical.
My mom has been reading The Last Days of Night on her Audible iPad, the best idea we’ve had for mom since I don’t know when. She’s listened to over ten books, carrying the iPad around with her as she does chores etc.
The book is from Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a thrilling novel—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.
George Westinghouse has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?
I’m two chapters into this and already hooked. An excellent read. Informative, historical, yet breezy.
The Oxford History of the American People. Why this book you ask??? Welll, believe it or not, it was my TEXT BOOK for American History in my senior year in high school, 1966. Yes boys and girls, we old people were actually taught American History. Not like today where I don’t think it’s even an option, unless you are at a private school. Anyone with kids in public school, can you answer me if American History is still taught.
Published in 1965, my history teacher thought The Oxford History was an excellent text for us and he was right. I have two copies of this book, this newer bought a few years ago, and the original, all marked up, dog-eared, and of course, with the obligatory boyfriend name penned on the binding and inside pages, now stashed away in a box with the other high school text books I saved – geometry, French, Latin. I didn’t save any Science books probably because I still have nightmares about how poorly I did in high school science (and math). But let’s be positive about history and the teacher who was so outside the box, he ordered a brand new book as a text. Sadly, this is the same teacher who was summarily dismissed in the dark of night for being gay. He was the best damn teacher I ever had. Bar none. But that was 1966.
I plan to reread it in its entirety, to see if his perspective and choice was a good one, now that I’m 50 years out from high school. I haven’t started it yet because, to be honest, I’m reading People magazine right now. Sheesh, priorities folks.
The only time I get to read People magazine is at the hairdresser but yesterday, in line at the grocery store, I threw it on top of the produce, mostly because I adore Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, and wanted to read about her story and her fame. She started out as a little blogger. So there’s hope for me yet to becoming a TV star?????????
If you want, let me know what you are reading. Otherwise, happy Wednesday. Gorgeous outside. Perfect sky. Perfect temps. But the dark clouds are out there are for the 58 people killed in Las Vegas and even darker clouds for what the shooter was possibly thinking as a motive. So much to learn yet. The MSM is harping on guns guns guns, missing the REAL story of the heroic people who saved others. The stories of people helping people moved me to tears but because the MSM hates real Americans, they can’t accept that people do unselfish acts for no reason. That’s why Trump will win bigly in 2020.