I haven’t written for a while, but I’ve been doing a lot of reading. So this post is devoted to what I’m reading. Most of us probably watch way too much TV. But there’s nothing like sitting in a chair with a good book and hot coffee (or Diet Coke), and reading a book that you can’t put down. I’m always interested in finding good books, so feel free to share your ideas in a comment.
In no particular order, here goes:
- Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne (2010, Scribner Press). My son got me on to this book. It gives the story of Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanche’s, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. It is really two stories, as it also tells the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a nine-year old girl, and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. I love historical non-fiction, and this shows the four decades war and how the west was finally opened and the United States came into being.
- An Album of Memories (Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation, by Tom Brokaw (2001, Random House). A friend gave me this book, about the men and women and their families who lived, fought, and died in World War II. You see actual letters, postcards and pictures of these people. This generation is passing away, and their stories will die with them. But we have some. I love the letter written by nine-year old Casey Morrison, whose grandfather, Emery Morrison was in the Navy and on a ship at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
- The Vanishing American Adult, by Ben Sasse (2017, St. Martin’s Press). My oldest son, Scott, gave this book to me for Father’s Day. Wow, what a timely book. If you’re a parent, grandparent, or just someone who wonders about what is happening to our country, this is a must-read. Ben is US Senator (Republican – Nebraska). He is also a father of three and a former college president. In a nutshell he says we are living in an America of perpetual adolescence. I will write further about this in later blogs, but here is just one (long) quote:
After spending the better part of two decades micromanaging and choreographing playdates, dance practices, extra tutoring for standardized tests and college entrance exams, music lessons, martial arts, select soccer and travel baseball, track meets, swim meets, art classes, language enrichment, and all the rest, it should come as no surprise that the kids have only the vaguest idea of how to make decisions for themselves. All that many of them have ever had to do by age 18 is be dressed and in the car at the appointed hour.
- OK, here’s one more that is just fun – The Fix, by David Baldacci (2017, Grand Central Publishing). This is one of those page-turner, can’t put down fiction thrillers. It is the 3rd in a series about Amos Decker, the so-called “memory man” (read the book to find out why). It’s a neat story and well written, and really tells about redemption.
Hope you have time to give some of these books a try. The older ones you can find in second-hand bookstores, or on Amazon in the used book section. And feel free to comment on this and add the books you’re reading.