The New Trail of Tears is an important and yet depressing book. It details the myriad problems besetting American Indians today. These include: a lack of economic opportunity, massive dysfunction and family breakdown and tribal and Washington leaders unwilling to face the reality or do anything about it except propose more money and more government (neither of which has worked). Naomi Schaefer Riley details the plight of the American Indian by highlighting the structural, legal, economic, and...
Tag - non-fiction
Lauren Belfer has written a compelling novel on an unknown Johann Sebastian Bach cantata that is hidden until present day. The masterful work is entitled And After the Fire (452 pages). An overview from the publisher: In the ruins of Germany in 1945, at the end of World War II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him. In America in 2010, Henry’s niece, Susanna Kessler...
Halfway through and ready to dive in again. So far, my sense is those who are fans of both Gaiman and the genres he works in would enjoy this book the most. A lot of it is "inside baseball" on comics, fantastical fiction, etc. those who enjoy that world will get the most out of Gaiman's unique discussion and perspective on it.
It is not the type of biography to lay out the basic facts in a straightforward way, but it is an engaging and insightful way to think about this larger than life character. "Deceptively brief and seemingly lightweight, this wonderful work effectively cuts through decades of hyperbole."
The willingness to wander and explore; to seek out new and unexpected things is worth cultivating. And Smith does a great job of laying out a way to do so wrapped in a mystery and infused with visual and literary stimulation and/or motivation. And the beauty of a book like this is you can take what you want from it and leave the rest behind.
I thought it might be interesting to share with you, dear reader, books that caught my eye at the library but that I may not ever read/finish or review. To kick things off, here are two books I picked up during a short stop at the library during soccer practice when I stopped in to drop off some movies.
Murphy perfectly captures Crane's predicament of trying to survive in some of the most brutal terrain and weather on the planet. Crane was blessed with a perseverance that many people do not have and also by a series of fortunate events. This book is an epic story of one man's will to survive in a harsh environment.
There is a simplicity and elegance about the illustrations. Yet, it is interesting how much action and emotion can be conveyed within that simplicity.
An awesome book about not only the sacrifices that the men and women of our country make fighting our wars, but also the sacrifices their families and other loved ones make as well.