Every now and then I get letters from readers asking for a list of suggested readings. Each summer I run such a list in a column called “Summer Reading.” Today is the first installment in my new annual “Fall Reading” column. I hope you will take the time to enjoy some of the following:
Bankrupt. David Limbaugh’s new book has me rethinking my position on the death penalty. Before I read his book, I had not realized there was so much treason infesting the ranks of the Democratic Party. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that a firing squad is probably the only solution. Bankrupt is well-researched and enjoyable for all but I think young people can benefit most from the book. The “Bush lied, people died” brainwashing that is fed to high school and college students is unlikely to be effective on kids who have read Limbaugh’s response in the first chapter. Please, read it. And then, by all means, keep on reading.
A Red State of Mind. Nancy French (http://www.nancyfrench.com) has written a hilarious new book about a conservative Southern girl who marries a Harvard educated lawyer (my buddy David French) and moves to New York City. The laughs start there and continue as they relocate in Ithaca, New York and then in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is, without question, one of the funniest books I’ve read in years. Warning: It also contains some very astute observations about politics. Released in October, it could possibly gain popularity fast enough to be assigned to some sociology and feminist studies classes in the spring. Well, maybe not.
The City is a Rising Tide. Rebecca Lee is one talented writer (who just happens to teach at UNC-Wilmington). For years, based on the reviews of people I respect, I’ve been meaning to start reading her work. Now, she has a book out with Simon and Shuster. This book is a real page-turner that reads more like poetry than prose. Suddenly, Clyde Edgerton has some competition for the title of most talented writer at UNC-Wilmington.
I am Charlotte Simmons. Do you have a daughter? Are you planning to send her to college? If your answer was “yes” to both questions, I hope you’ve read this book by Tom Wolfe. If not, you had better get started. It’s over 700 pages but well worth the time investment.