Posts Tagged ‘books’

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Traveling With Pomegranates

March 4, 2010

I went to the library to get The Endurance on CD.  It is a book my dad had recommended about an expedition to the South Pole which turns into a story of how the ship’s crew survived disaster.  I have been totally consumed with wanting to read and discuss survival stories since I finished “reading” Deep Survival.  I was disappointed to find that the library had lost the CDs.  So, I picked out the next best thing that I could find and checked it out begrudgingly.  I needed something to listen to in the car.  The CD I chose was Traveling With Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Kidd Taylor.  I had read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd a couple of years ago and remembered thinking I liked her style.  Traveling With Pomegranates is the story of mother and daughter traveling through, Greece and France together.  During their travels they both struggle with different aspects of their lives.  They alternate chapters back and forth.  I was so grateful to have gotten it on CD instead of in book form.  It was read by the authors themselves!  I was inspired by the struggles that each woman was experiencing and how they were able to cope through each other and their own inner therapists.  They have caused me to look a little deeper into my life.  I hadn’t realized that I was living without contemplation.

I’ve asked both my mom and my sister to read the book.  Amber wants the book version because she carpools to and from work and would not want to force her carpool partner to “read” anything.  So, I ordered it online and can’t wait for it to arrive.  I feel like I want to write something inside the front cover for her.  I don’t know what yet.

I’m going to the library tonight to renew the CD version and I’ll take that to my mom. 

I really hope they will enjoy the book as much as I did.  I know there is the chance that they will both not finish the book and wonder what in the world I thought they would like about it.  We are all such different girls with different tastes. 

Of course, right after I had pulled out of the library parking lot and headed down the road towards home the librarian called me to say that she had found the misplaced CD of The Endurance.  I almost turned around to trade back Traveling With Pomegranates.  How lucky that I was lazy and ended up “reading” such a wonderful book!

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America’s Prophet

February 7, 2010

I just finished reading America’s Prophet Moses and the American Story by Bruce Feiler.  I really enjoyed the read.  It was very well written, educational, and entertaining.  I had only ever heard the Moses story.  I have never actually given it much thought.  If someone had asked me about Moses I would only have been able to remember that he led the Israelites out of Egypt.  Maybe I would have remembered something about the plagues.  But that would have been it.  I’m surprised to learn about the extent to which that story helped shape American history.  Feiler traces the inspiration of the Moses story from the Pilgrims, the Revolution, The Civil War, Civil Rights, Superman, and on into present day.  The story has been envoked at every turning point for inspiration and justification. 

I was also surprised at the many aspects of the story.  Leadership, risk, balance between freedom and laws, teaching, and ultimately a mixture of failure and success.  I think that is why the theme is so recognizable in our history.  The story can be told a million times and emphasis be put on a different lesson each time. 

I would recommend the book to anyone who finds American history interesting because this author is able to put a new perspective on events that we’ve learned about since kindergarten.  It’s refreshing to look at history in a new way; reinvigorates a craving for learning.

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Folk Culture

January 6, 2008

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  I just received an email letting me know about a lecture that is going to be held at the Atlanta History Center.  The speaker is John Burrison, who was one of my professors, at Georgia State University.  Dr. Burrison will be talking about his book, “The Roots of a Region”.  I ordered the book online and can’t wait for it to arrive!  The lecture is scheduled for Februrary 21st.  I would like to have the book read by then.  I forgot about how much I enjoy learning about southern, folk culture.  I especially enjoy the art work!