I have always had a vague dream of being one of those timely blogs that always seems to have a book recommendation at hand for the season; always talking about just the right book at just the right time. Alas, this has never come to fruition. My timing has never quite clicked. Mostly, I am talking about books that were the hot topic a month ago, or reading books that only I find interesting. Now there is something to be said for not being tied down to the winds of fashion but a little good timing wouldn’t kill anyone.
The reason I bring this up, is that yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I was lucky enough to have the day off, but found myself doing other things rather than focusing on the subject of this holiday. Months ago I had planned differently. Regular readers of this site know that I collect the Penguin Lives series. In that tradition I had picked up the Martin Luther King Junior volume by Marshal Frady and the Rosa Parks volume by Douglas Brinkley. The thought was to read this two short works and be able to post reviews on just such an apropos holiday as yesterday. Instead, they sit their with dozens of their brothers and sisters unread and un-reviewed. But I shall eventually get to them and perhaps then I can post a review, timely or no, for your enjoyment.
In the meantime, if you are looking for short works on these two historical figures you might want to check out these Penguin Lives volumes.