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Interested In Maine History? July 4, 2017

IMG_3646  Here’s the book for all history enthusiasts.  In a book store in Mystic Connecticut, I found this book about the history of Maine – titled The Lobster Coast, Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, by Colin Woodard.  As one would expect, there’s quite a bit of detail about fish and the fishing industry, particularly  lobsters.  But there is also a lot to make one think about the rights of Native Americans and the rights and relationships between the original settlers and the subsequent waves of  “newcomers”, right up to the present day transformations of land use and the questions of distribution of wealth.

In my genealogy research I have been able to trace most of my ancestors back many generations.  At present I am trying to concentrate/focus on the immigration experiences of these branches in my family tree.  These would be the 6th-9th great grandparents.  About 90% of these forebears came to New England.  I have one case of an abrupt end of the trail with my 3rd great grandparents Joseph Reed and Sarah Maddox.  They were each born in Maine in the late 1700’s.  Joseph died in Maine in 1850.  Their daughter Abigail was my great great grandmother.  She was born in Gloucester in 1804.  But I do not have any information re Joseph and Sarah’s forebears, my 4th great grandparents etc.  Did they come to Maine as immigrants?  What happened to them in this remote and harsh part of the American frontier.  Did they perish in an encounter with one of the many tribes of Native Americans who raided the settlers villages and isolated dwellings.   I wonder.

 

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.

 

More History Reading Choices January 26, 2017

Filed under: History,Politics,Reading,U. S. History — Janet @ 7:32 pm

 

Very appropriate reading at this point in time in our country.

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Reading Choices January 2, 2017

Filed under: Book stores,Books,Films,Reading — Janet @ 8:40 pm

I’m forever working through my pile of unread books.  The pile of unreads grows faster than the pile of reads.  Makes me think of the Walt Disney  film Fantasia back in the 1940’s.  One of the first films I ever saw – probably in the University Theater in Harvard Square.    The water kept coming despite Mickey Mouse frantically trying to keep ahead of the deluge.

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img_2138  Here’s a book for the New Year 2017.  Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch.  An interesting fictional take on Seattle’s history since the World’s Fair in 1962.   I found this book 2nd hand at Eagle Harbor Books over on Bainbridge Island. It had lurked near the bottom of my unreads pile for about a year.

 

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.

 

Happy Birthday to Larry McMurtry June 4, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Larry McMurtry,Literary Figures,Reading — Janet @ 12:04 am

Today is the 80th birthday of one of my favorite authors – Larry McMurtry

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Iris Murdoch March 30, 2016

Filed under: Authors,Books,Iris Murdoch,Notable Women,Oxford England,Reading — Janet @ 10:47 pm

Iris_MurdochIris Murdoch, 1919-1999   Philosopher, Writer

I was reminded of Iris today when I came across a long review of her novel The Red and the Green, published in 1965. (The review was by Pauline Hall in The Dublin Review of Books) The novel, The Red and the Green,  had to do with the Easter Rising in 1916, so recently commemorated in Ireland on Easter weekend 2016.

I read several novels by Iris Murdoch back in the late 1960’s.  I did not like them very much – they were just not to my taste and I failed to understand them or appreciate them.

Nevertheless she went on to win the Nobel Prize and many other honors.

I did read her husband John Bailey’s book IRIS, telling of her tragic decline with Alzheimer’s disease.

That book was compelling reading – I could not put it down.  Our ferry from Holyhead Wales to Dublin was delayed for most of the night one Christmas – I had the book IRIS with me – I read it non-stop and didn’t mind the ferry delay at all.