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Which book should be July 2009 Book of the Month?

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Which book should be Book of the Month for July 2009?

The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins
7
21%
Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow
9
27%
Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
2
6%
An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance
0
No votes
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
0
No votes
The Emancipator's Wife by Barbara Hambly
4
12%
Through Tempest Forged by Barbara Passaris
2
6%
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2
6%
North and South by John Jakes
1
3%
Northwest passage by Kenneth Roberts
3
9%
The Big Sky by A B Guthrie Jnr
1
3%
Killer Angels by Jeff Shaara
2
6%
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M T Anderson
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 33

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Post by Ash » Mon May 25th, 2009, 11:55 pm

I know we've had this discussion before - but I don't get the hate either. Now frankly, I do prefer Brit over American history (and certainly know more of the former than latter), but there are some amazing people, events and time periods in this country that calls for books to be written about. And like any other HF - there are some duds out there, and some classics, and lots in between. I could no more say I hate American history than I can say I hate chocolate when its really just white chocolate I don't like.

I will say tho there are certain times in American History that I am allergic to - esp the making of the west sort of book. I lived in Arizona most of my life, and could do with a whole lot less of that type of history.
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Post by Susan » Tue May 26th, 2009, 12:04 am

I think "hate" may be too strong a word. I prefer to read HF from other countries, but I certainly can get involved in American history when visiting historical sites. One American HF book I loved was Anya Seton's The Winthrop Woman. I'm just more interested in European history.
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Post by Divia » Tue May 26th, 2009, 3:15 am

A strong disliking to American History then ;)

I know more about American History than European, though I still read European HF. But I think the problem is we dont have princesses, and kings and royalty and all that stuff. Just a bunch of average joes.
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Post by Vanessa » Tue May 26th, 2009, 9:04 am

I enjoy most history. It's the author's style of writing - how they draw you into the story and if I find it gripping and interesting - which counts with me.
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Post by Leo62 » Tue May 26th, 2009, 12:04 pm

[quote=""Divia""]A strong disliking to American History then ;) [/quote]
Maybe cos its done to death in the movies, particularly the west and the civil war.

[quote=""Divia""]I know more about American History than European, though I still read European HF. But I think the problem is we dont have princesses, and kings and royalty and all that stuff. [/quote]
European history is way more than kings and queens. Personally, royalty bores me rigid. :D

As Ash says, it's more about the individual writer. I'm pretty allergic to anything resembling a western, yet one of my all-time favourite books is Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian.

It would be nice to read about some lesser-known corners of US history rather than the same old civil-war-revolution-waggon-train chestnuts.

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Post by Divia » Tue May 26th, 2009, 9:47 pm

I want to know where all this Civil War stuff is cause I have yet to find any good stuff. Most o fit is men fighting the civil war. YAWN.
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Post by Ash » Tue May 26th, 2009, 9:50 pm

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All: Gurganus

Cold Mountain (the movie did not do it justice)

The March EL Doctorow

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Post by Divia » Tue May 26th, 2009, 10:27 pm

I'm a little confused. Are you saying that these are stories where there are not men fighting, the only ones that do not have men fighting or something else?

I'm lost. :)
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Post by Ash » Wed May 27th, 2009, 3:48 am

These are stories where the men are fighting, but its background to the other stuff going on.

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Post by Leo62 » Wed May 27th, 2009, 9:18 am

doh! Ash has just reminded me of another book I could have nominated:
Ragtime. :rolleyes:

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