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The Plantagenets And My Genealogy May 11, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Authors,Books,Genealogy,Reading — Janet @ 5:01 pm

IMG_3135  I am enjoying reading this book about English history.  On first encountering it one would think that it would be a pretty tough read, but no, somehow the author has made it flow.  Maybe it’s because I am eager to find some of my ancestors.  The author, Dan Jones, covers the years 1120-1399.  I’ve been able to trace a few of my ancestors back that far.

 

American Experience January 25, 2017

American Experience is a regular program on PBS – last night the life and work of Rachel Carson was featured.  Her seminal work Silent Spring was published in 1962.

rachelcarson1  Rachel Carson, 1907-1964

What an inspiring and brave woman.

 

 

Reading Choice December 11, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,Henry James,Novels,Travel — Janet @ 8:51 pm

travels-with-henry-james                  img_1942               Travels With Henry James – a surprising choice for me, not being a fan of Henry James.  Nevertheless this collection of various essays written over a period of time proved to be sufficiently interesting (and readable).  I’m not being very kind to Henry James am I.  Let’s say I’m glad to have read it but I’m not rushing out to try one of his famous novels again.

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Good Reading November 1, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Book covers,Books,Native Indian Tribes,Reading — Janet @ 4:36 pm

empire-summer-moon     This is one of the books I read while I was in Glastonbury Connecticut last week.  A lucky find on my son’s bookshelf.  It made for grim but gripping reading.  And it was sad too.  We whites were the immigrants pushing aside the Native Indian peoples.

 

David McCullough September 20, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,David McCullough,History — Janet @ 5:28 pm

David McCullough was the speaker at the Middlebury College graduation ceremonies for the Class of 1986.  His speech is one of the final vignettes in the book I just finished reading, Brave Companions, Portraits in History.  As regular readers of this blog know, I am a Middlebury graduate, Class of 1958.  And I am a proud supporter of Middlebury.   McCullough urges the graduating class to travel far and wide and read read read, recognizing history along the way.

In his closing remarks McCullough says “Wherever you go, don’t forget Vermont.  Don’t forget this lovely town and these mountains and the people who live here.  Go with confidence.  Prize tolerance and horse sense.  And somewhere along the way, do something for your country.”  We might well heed this advice in these turbulent pre-election times.

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Freya Stark, 1893-1993 July 12, 2016

Filed under: Artists,Authors,Autobiography,Freya Stark,Travel,Writers,Writing — Janet @ 7:51 pm

freya stark           freya stark 2      Freya-Stark

A fascinating writer and explorer

I have just finished reading a biography of her – Passionate Nomad, The Life of Freya Stark by Jane Fletcher Geniesse.  Including a new Epilogue.  A surprise twist on a true story.  A very good biography.  What a woman!  I came away from reading this book with more information than I really wanted …….full of admiration……but……not necessarily a woman I would have chosen as a friend.  And I don’t think she would have chosen me.

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings June 16, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Classic Books — Janet @ 7:09 pm

Rawlings  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling.

yearling  published in 1938

I never read this but in reading plot summaries it certainly sounds very heartrending and possibly has thoughts and experiences and feelings relevant to the youth of today.