Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th

To our readers abroad, please forgive a bit of ethnocentricity...

Happy Fourth of July
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The story of the United States is easily a compilation of millions of history books, pamphlets, newspapers, novels, journals, works of literature, reports, blogs, and tales told at bed-time.

Here at Reading for Sanity we have reviewed an admittedly small portion of this great story - here are some with particular ties to the celebration of our country:

Ahab's Wife - Sena Jeter Nasland - A novel that deftly covers politics, society, literature, art and science of a formative era of our nation. 
Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story - Mark Shurtliff - The story of a pivotal man in our nation's history.  
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger - A book helped define American Literature.  A frequent visitor to banned book lists.
The Glass Castle - Jeanette Wells - A memoir that traverses both country and class.
Glenn Beck's Common Sense - Glenn Beck - Sigh...the fact that I included this book shows my dedication to "Freedom of Speech."
Gods and Generals - Jeff Shaara - Historical fiction set in the Civil War. 
Harvest to Heat - Darryl Estrine & Kelly Kochendorfer - Explore the best of American eating.
The Help - Kathryn Stockett - Novel set at the cusp of the civil rights movement.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson - Hilarious look at mid - century (the last one) America.  You should also check out another of Bryson's book "I'm a Stranger Here Myself."
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder - Undoubtedly a classic American series. 
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - The inspiring true story of an Olympian turned POW.
The War on Privacy - Jacqueline Klosek - Truthfully, this didn't get high reviews, but it was reviewed, so I listed it.   
We're Not Leaving: 9/11 Responders Tell Their Stories... - Benjamin J. Luft - Powerful stories from heroes of a tragic day.

What books do you associate with the United States of America?

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