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I'm a dummie! I thought when someone posted a reply to you that you are somehow 'notified'. I do genealogy too and when you post in a genealogy forum you are notified is someone responds. So thank you to all of you who have been replying to the BIG GREEN CHAIR and I am sorry it took me so long to figure out you have to go into the forum yourself to figure out if anyone has replied. Many of your recommendations I have read, some I have not, so have jotted them all down. Here are some that over time I have 'kept' on my KEEPER BOOKSHELF. In most cases I believe you should pass books on, the more the better, but there are a few I have not been able to give up and will reread again in later years:
Andersonville by McKinley Kantor
Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
The Borderland by Edwin Shrake
John Adams by David McCullough
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
Ordeal by Hunger by George R Stewart
Goodbye Darkness by William Manchester
Anya by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
Washington Goes to War by David Brinkley
Anything James Michener wrote-
Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
The Gabaldon Outlander series
Pillars of the Earth and sequel World Without End by Ken Follett
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus and so many others!
All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
Because I do genealogy, sometimes I read books that you could not call historical 'fiction' but historical nonfiction that I find very good and informative. Here are a few I really learned a lot from:
The Plains Across by John D. Unruh Jr (so much in here you never learned in school!)
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan Cruel World by Lynn H. Nicholas
Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War by T.J. Stiles (not just about Jesse James but great great info on the border wars MO KS etc)
I've kept a blank book that during my lifetime I jot down beautiful phrases, inspiration, wisdom, thoughts that I have found during my lifetime of reading. They all came from some book I read. DO ANY OF YOU DO THE SAME? Some of them are very powerful. If anyone else has done the same, I'd love to hear some of them. I've got enough going to keep posting for a year since I've been doing this my whole life. Here's one that I jotted down because it just felt 'right': History as a record of large movements does not interest me much. What fascinates me is history as a rendering of felt experience. History exists and existed only in personal perspective, as actual people lived and experienced it.
I keep a journal of the books I've read in list format, and in that journal, I write quotes down ,and usually they come from books.
I am also in Washington State - stay safe and warm, we have been getting hammered by unusual to us amounts of snow.
I'm in Lacey SE close to the Pacific and Carpenter Rds intersection and the Thurston County 'bus barn' (everyone seems to know it by that name)--You're in Olympia--I live on a cul de sac that still has snow on it ..surrounding trees don't help the melt. I was unable to go anywhere, even check my mailbox from Dec 16-26th...and my two elderly folks both 85 'holed up with me' because they were afraid their power would go out on Johnson Point. So.....I'm glad it's over. Our street has a slight incline and froze to solid ice. Yes someone asked me not long ago if I kept a list of all the books I read, and I had to say no I don't.
Really - that's so awesome! we are like neighbors. We still have snow and surrounding trees (that and the fact that we got MORE SNOW last night) - I'm so glad everyone did ok and your parents holed up with you, it was scary driving.
I know exactly where you are, we lived near there for a few weeks in between selling our house and buying the new house (several years ago)
We should get together for coffee at Cutters Point by Lacey Post office sometime. I'm not in the rentals you're thinking of, but in a fairly new really nice complex of only 32 houses just behind (beside? hard to explain) the bus barn. You can't even see them from Carpenter, but you turn left just before Roo-Lan and it's the only way in and out. Are you in my age bracket? I've wanted to start some sort of book club ever since I moved here 4 1/2 yrs ago from the mountains in Tuolumne Co. CA, but have been unable to meet enough people to get it off the ground. firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh my goodness, no way. I grew up in Calaveras County. Too funny.
Yes, I know what complex you are thinking of, and yes, we should get together for coffee.
I don't know what age bracket you are in, but I am in my mid-thirties, but my book club has women of all ages, so I think it'd work no matter what age bracket everyone was in.
Calaveras?? How weird! You know Pinecrest Lake at about 5,000 ft above Twain Harte? I lived 5 mi higher than Twain Harte. Sugar Pine. Okay, I'm 60 so could be your mom, but email me at email@example.com and tell me about your book club (offline okay?). I have a 38 yr old daughter here--she works in Oly