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 Posted: Tue Nov 11th, 2008 12:17 am
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We haven't talked about books lately, and though I know everyone one here HATES that subject (ha!:D), I thought I'd bring it up.

Whatcha reading lately that might be worth sharing? Could be CW related or not. Do we read anything NOT about the Civil War??

I just finished a fine first novel by Steph Penney called "The Tenderness of Wolves," a mystery that takes place in Canada's fur trading territories in the late 1860s. Good strong characters, a couple good twists to the mystery. One of those you hate to see end but at the same time you want to end so you can find out what happens.

Humorous note: we have Reading Workshop each Monday in my classes where we spend all class--gasp!--reading silently and/or discussing what we're reading. That means--I suppose we all have to sacrifice something in our lives--I HAVE to read all period for five periods in a row.

Anyway, I'm reading "Nothing but Victory" at school, and one of my students looked at the cover today thoughtfully, and then said, "Dude, isn't that a football book? Do you like football?"

Pam



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My current reading isn't CW related. I'm finishing a book called Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism, by my friend and old professor Christopher Brown. A wonderful look into the origins of the idea of abolition of the slave trade and slavery in the British empire in the late 18th century.

Next on my list is Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll.



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im working on Labyrinth, Little Women (i just cant get into that one) I Rode With Stonewall (or something like that) all seven Harry Potter books and two on kidney disease/failure/transplants


im one of those people who always has more than one book going at a time



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In between studying, Stauffer's new book Giants - the paralled lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

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I just yesterday finished Albert Castel's book on William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times. What a homicidal maniac, but several of his fellow bushwhackers were even worse!

I have a brand new book on its way from Amazon. It is American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham.

In my pile of unread books is This Horrid Pit about the Battle of the Crater, Stephen King's Duma Key, and a book about General "Black Jack" Logan. So far I have managed only one chapter of The Bloody Crucible of Courage by Brent Nosworthy.



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oh, im also re-reading, White Christmas Bloody Christmas and The Meaning Of Our Tears. they are books on a murder that took place in the 30's or 40's in NC



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I just got back from our Community College.  I'm auditing a web site design class that uses the software Dreamweaver.  A friend dragged me to it and the professor is allowing me to audit the remainder of the course.  I plan on taking the entire course this winter along with Photoshop.  All that study will burn my brains down.  No CW for the next few months.

I moved my parents into an assisted living facility last August.  They loaded my SUV with a four drawer filing cabinet stuffed full of our family history and photos.  My brother, the computer geek, is going to set up a server in my house along with scanning equipment so that I can convert all that history into digital form.  I am coming to strongly suspect there is a circle of Dante's Hell reserved for scanning and web site design.

I am learning that Dreamweaver is just another name for "endless drop down menus hell".  It's like getting into the space shuttle for the first time and trying to figure out how to drive it a couple of blocks to the grocery store.

Help!  Boo hoo!  I'll see you on the other side. 

Ole:  Want my older brother, too?  I'll ship him out for free.

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izzy wrote: Ole:  Want my older brother, too?  I'll ship him out for free.

ole, ill ship you my younger brother for free also



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I am reading Harvard's Civil War the 20th Mass. , Just finished Baseball in Blue and Gray, also reading Just Plain Pickled to Death a mystery. Starting the Army of the Pacific , 1860-1866, and Have Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain to finish. Will also start They fought like Deamons this week also . I have books all over that are in various stages of being read.

Little Women is my favorite childrens novel. Jo March is my favorite character . I have read it many times in my lifetime and visited Orchard house a couple of times



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Currently reading "1491" by Charles Mann. Fantastic book that will enlighten you about the America's in the pre-Columbian 15th-century.



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Currently reading:

'The Coming Fury' by Bruce Catton;
'Not War but Murder - Cold Harbor 1864' by Ernest B Furgurson;
'Battle Tactics of the Civil War' by Paddy Griffith

I do have some non-ACW books that I've just finished and are now horribly overdue at the library.



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Tim Smith's Champion Hill



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"Johnny Reb" by Merritt Parmalee Allen



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Retreat from Gettysburg by Kent Masterson Brown



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Ladies. Please! I have two older brothers and one younger. I really can't handle yours. Work it out as best you can; I want no part of it.

I'm still schlepping through "Southern Storm" by Noah Andre Trudeau. It takes a while, as I make copious notes on a copy of the "orders of battle."

Neat note: I watch CSpan 2 on the weekends when they do two days of watching and listening to authors. Saturday, who'd they have on? Noah Andre Trudeau talking about "Southern Storm." That doesn't happen. But it did.

Ole (I hope you've noted, Captain Crow, that I've gone back to capitalizing.)



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Would you believe a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder?



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I've been in the mood lately for a good memoir/journal/diary, either Civil War or not. I mean a good one, because I don't often read them. They don't even have to be about/by someone well-known, just interesting or intriguing would be fine.  Any suggestions?

Pam


I just saw that I've reached 200 posts since I joined you folks back in June. Looks like I said a lot in the last six months, and no one's told me to zip my lip yet! A minor miracle!

 

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Pam: Well, suggestions might depend on what you've already read. CW related, you can't go go wrong with Porter Alexander's Fighting for the Confederacy.



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For the Union side, I highly recommend Frank Wilkeson's 'Turned inside out'. Not technically one I'm currently reading as I devoured it last week, but it's probably the best memoir I've read, at least since 'Co H'. His style is crisp, devoid of the Victorian flourish, and, at times, brutally frank*. There are even some bits that haunted me after I put the book down.

*pun not intended.

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pamc153PA wrote: I've been in the mood lately for a good memoir/journal/diary, either Civil War or not. I mean a good one, because I don't often read them. They don't even have to be about/by someone well-known, just interesting or intriguing would be fine.  Any suggestions?

 

May I suggest one of my favorite Civil War jounals Co. Aytch First Tennessee Regiment by Sam R. Watkins? He is so appealing. He was a private but quite literate so his writing is a joy to read. he was with the Army of Tennessee throughout the entire war and fought in its worst battles. It is amazing that he survived and that his writings survive. It is also instructive to read about the war from the "bottom", so to speak, rather than from the "top" by reading about generals and campaigns.



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