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May 8, 2004

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I am a political biography junkie, and Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph J. Ellis was a welcome addition to my collection. The book recounts the political climate of the 1790's, focusing on Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, and James Madison. The concept seems daunting, but Ellis manages to make this political biography read like fiction. Thank you, Lauren, for recommending this fine book.

Buried in my messenger bag is book number twenty, the out of print Art and Ardor, a book of literary criticism by Cynthia Ozick. I picked this up in a local used bookstore a year ago, and it has been sitting on my nightstand ever since. I should finish this soon, since I've been reading the essays this week during lunch. After this, I'm ready for some fiction. I'll be looking over everyone's previous suggestions and picking something out. As always, feel free to recommend something...


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