May 08, 2004
19 Down, 33 To Go

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...

Posted by david on May 08, 2004

That's a great book.

Posted by: bill on May 8, 2004 11:56 PM

i'm reading a really good book that my sister lent me called "at swim two birds" by flann o'brien. it's very funny and surreal in a murakami kind of way. i think you would like it.

Posted by: james on May 9, 2004 10:32 AM

I'm glad you enjoyed the book so much-- I feel like I definitely would have appreciated history more in school if we had read books like that one!

Posted by: Lauren on May 9, 2004 05:07 PM

I am a fiction junkie. I have to force myself to read nonfiction and this book sounds good. Thanks.

Posted by: Terry on May 10, 2004 01:04 PM
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