|Isn't this marvelous? https://www.etsy.com/listing/197731763/the-potboiler-art-print|
Past summers have seen me diving headlong into Mazo de la Roche, A. J. Cronin, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Thomas Hardy, and Anthony Trollope, for example. I'm not talking a mere book or two, I mean reading their works whole hog--or as many as I can cram in or until I get tired of them. Anthony Trollope, for example, wrote so many books it would take years to read them all. How on earth he did that, in long hand, while also holding down a full time job as postmaster, I can only wonder. I've read masses of them, but there are far more I haven't read than those I have. Thomas Hardy's works I was really grooving on until I hit up with Jude the Obscure. When I realized where it was going, I decided I couldn't take one more depressing tale of a nice guy being ruined by a coarse, selfish, beguiling shrew, so Jude was tossed aside.
This year, though, I'm on a different tack altogether: it's non-fiction. One evening a month or so back, I was casting about for something to read, and pulled an aging paperback off my shelf, The Day Lincoln was Shot by Jim Bishop. I'm not sure where I got the book nor how long I'd had it--it was probably something I'd nabbed as a potential homeschooling resource back in the day--but it was sitting there as one of those "I should read that someday" volumes--you know, the ones you tell yourself you'll get to but somehow assiduously avoid. To my surprise, one or two pages into it and I could hardly put it down!
|The two books that got me started...|
It turns out this Bruce Catton wrote a stack of books about the Civil War and, thanks to eBay and Alibris, I've managed to track most of them down. So, without further ado, I present my summer reading project:
Maybe Trixie had a secret career deciphering coded telegraph messages on board on ironclad?https://www.etsy.com/listing/212741315/currier-and-ives-print-engagement
|I'm still trying to figure out how the post office managed to contort this hardback book into a scoliosis model.|
Here are a few more Bruce Catton titles I may have to obtain; you can get them on Etsy (along with many of the others in the photo above) by clicking on the links: