Patriotic Picks: January 2019

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Patriotic Picks: January 2019

  • Ordinary People by Judith Guest. In this emotionally raw novel, members of an everyday family ripped apart by tragedy try to find their way back to one another.
  • The Drum of Destiny by Christopher Stevenson. It’s 1775, and orphaned Gabriel is living in New York with British loyalists. Will a discarded drum spur him to join the Colonists’ fight for freedom? (For middle-grade readers.)
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Generational secrets, a malevolent curse, and a legacy of ill-gotten gains form the core of this classic gothic tale set in 19th-century New England.

 

 

Patriotic Picks: January 2019

Patriotic Picks: January 2019

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here are three such titles, suggested by David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Patriotic Picks: January 2019

  • Ordinary People by Judith Guest. In this emotionally raw novel, members of an everyday family ripped apart by tragedy try to find their way back to one another.
  • The Drum of Destiny by Christopher Stevenson. It’s 1775, and orphaned Gabriel is living in New York with British loyalists. Will a discarded drum spur him to join the Colonists’ fight for freedom? (For middle-grade readers.)
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Generational secrets, a malevolent curse, and a legacy of ill-gotten gains form the core of this classic gothic tale set in 19th-century New England.

 

 

March 2019 Book Recommendations

Tennessee Williams’s THE ROSE TATTOO; a cloistered widow begins a fiery romance with a much younger man.

Susan Cheever’s TREE TOPS, A FAMILY MEMOIR; old secrets surface–on both sides; the sequel to Home Before Dark.

Ruth Rendell’s FROM DOON WITH DEATH; a mousy housewife from a small English town is murdered, inexplicably, and Inspector Wexford investigates; the author’s 1964 debut.

Eve Curie’s MADAME CURIE: A BIOGRAPHY; the daughter of the Nobel Prize winning scientists, Marie and Pierre Curie, won a 1937 Pulitzer for this work.

March 2019 Book Recommendations

Tennessee Williams’s THE ROSE TATTOO; a cloistered widow begins a fiery romance with a much younger man.

Susan Cheever’s TREE TOPS, A FAMILY MEMOIR; old secrets surface–on both sides; the sequel to Home Before Dark.

Ruth Rendell’s FROM DOON WITH DEATH; a mousy housewife from a small English town is murdered, inexplicably, and Inspector Wexford investigates; the author’s 1964 debut.

Eve Curie’s MADAME CURIE: A BIOGRAPHY; the daughter of the Nobel Prize winning scientists, Marie and Pierre Curie, won a 1937 Pulitzer for this work.

Movie of the Month: My Fair Lady

In this 1964 production, based on George Bernard Shaw’s PYGMALION, a cocky phonetics instructor is convinced he can transform a working class Cockney girl into a refined member of High Society. With Audrey Hepburn, and Rex Harrison; directed by George Cukor.

 

February 2019 Book Recommendations

Beverly Cleary’s A GIRL FROM YAMHILL; life in Oregon, difficulties learning to read, the Depression, and more; the second volume of the centenarian’s memoirs.

Anzia Yezierska’s SALOME OF THE TENEMENTS; a 1923 novel–based on a true story–about a Jewish immigrant girl’s romance with a millionaire,  jarred the public.

Margaret Truman’s MURDER IN THE SMITHSONIAN; a historian is murdered during a black tie affair, and a case of deceit, secrets, and revenge is revealed.

Agatha Christie’s A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY; a photograph and a strange story lure the sleuth, Jane Marple, into investigating a murder.

 

 

February 2019 Book Recommendations

February 2019 Book Recommendations

Beverly Cleary’s A GIRL FROM YAMHILL; life in Oregon, difficulties learning to read, the Depression, and more; the second volume of the centenarian’s memoirs.

Anzia Yezierska’s SALOME OF THE TENEMENTS; a 1923 novel–based on a true story–about a Jewish immigrant girl’s romance with a millionaire,  jarred the public.

Margaret Truman’s MURDER IN THE SMITHSONIAN; a historian is murdered during a black tie affair, and a case of deceit, secrets, and revenge is revealed.

Agatha Christie’s A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY; a photograph and a strange story lure the sleuth, Jane Marple, into investigating a murder.

 

 

February 2019 Book Recommendations