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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Clifton Chronicles #03: Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
Clifton Chronicles #03: Best Kept Secret

Lindsay Waite, November 8, 2013

I read Jeffrey Archer books when I just want to be lightly entertained. He tells a good story, and the Clifton Chronicles have been an interesting look over decades at the Barrington family and all of those connected to it. I liked the previous book, "Sins of the Father," better, in part because of parts of the story that took place in New York City and a nearby prison. It's a nice trip through historical events as well (which I enjoy since I read a lot of nonfiction and seem to prefer reading about the first half of the twentieth century for some reason). It's a quick read and, yes, there's another book coming to continue this saga.
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Lindsay Waite, November 5, 2013

Sometimes I just need to laugh. I read a few reviews of this book and figured it might allow me to do so. Did it ever! Jenny's writing is crisp, chatty, and communicates as if she's sharing with you on the phone or over coffee at her kitchen table. Her early years were unique yet years many of us can relate to as well (those who were shy, shunned, teased). Experiences with a taxidermist father and tolerant mother are peculiar yet there is a lot of love there. Her difficulties with personal issues were turned into insightful and often LOL stories. It's amazing to me always to read of the lives of those who rose above difficulties with a laugh. For those with sensitivity to some raunchiness, well... be prepared. The only complaint - I read it too quickly!
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

Lindsay Waite, November 5, 2013

Sometimes I just need to laugh. I read a few reviews of this book and figured it might allow me to do so. Did it ever! Jenny's writing is crisp, chatty, and communicates as if she's sharing with you on the phone or over coffee at her kitchen table. Her early years were unique yet years many of us can relate to as well (those who were shy, shunned, teased). Experiences with a taxidermist father and tolerant mother are peculiar yet there is a lot of love there. Her difficulties with personal issues were turned into insightful and often LOL stories. It's amazing to me always to read of the lives of those who rose above difficulties with a laugh. For those with sensitivity to some raunchiness, well... be prepared. The only complaint - I read it too quickly!
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The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

Lindsay Waite, November 1, 2013

It isn't surprising that battles of today (preserving nature versus corporate profits, manipulating government processes, controlling government through lobbying) have taken place throughout American history. But after the past few years of observing our stagnant legislative branch in particular, it has been fascinating to look back a century at times of the first Roosevelt president and his battle to open up nature to the people.

This fascinating book by Timothy Egan takes us into the world of people who fought for the purity of the national forests. We learn about John Muir's influence on Teddy Roosevelt, the intriguing personality of Gifford Pinchot, and the assortment of people settling in the deep forests of Idaho, Montana and Washington.

The early forest rangers were mostly hated by the people and many in the government, and it is a testament to Pinchot and others that the National Forest Service ever got off the ground. A massive fire in 1910 showed how important forest rangers were (and are). Because there were so few rangers, new immigrants, Buffalo soldiers, and an odd assortment of recruits joined the battle. The recounting of individual stories makes the story of this disaster come alive.

Whether this monstrous fire in fact, "saved America" is questionable since big business got a lot of control of these lands after-the-fact. The way the injured and dead were treated afterwards is appalling as well.
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief

Lindsay Waite, August 18, 2013

I finished this book too quickly. I couldn't put it down. While yes, I read a lot of historical fiction as well as nonfiction about WW II, "The Book Thief" is a unique look at the horror of that war from the perspective of a young German girl, her foster family, Max, whom they sheltered as long as they could, and others in a small German town near Munich. And, of course, from the view of the narrator, Death. Uniquely told, this story draws the reader into the life of a clever frightened girl and her gradual awakening to the reality surrounding her that eventually intrudes directly in her life. Don't miss the chance to delve into Liesel's world, her love of language, and her attempts to make sense of the terrible times even as she finds moments of joy.
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