Well, this has been an interesting month for reading. My best-intentioned plans to read more southern literature finally woke up after attending a lecture by Dr. Wayne Flynt on Harper Lee, leading to my reading his memoir about his friendship with her, followed by Go Set a Watchman, a biography of Atticus Finch, a look at the Civil War, and a Rick Bragg binge. Mix that with a hangover from October’s focus on mental health and substance abuse (that’s …continuing), plus some science fiction and it was a varied month.
Together: The Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. Debatable, as it draws on science heavily but is not itself A Science Book.
Afternoons with Harper Lee
Atticus Finch: The Biography
Go Set a Watchman
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War
Somebody Told Me: The Newspaper Stories of Rick Bragg
My Southern Journey
Atticus Finch: The Biography deserves more than a one-paragraph write-off here, but my thoughts on it and the titles that bookended it shared so much common ground that I didn’t want to repeat myself. This is a curious book, though — beginning as a biography of Harper Lee’s father, A.C. Lee, who inspired the character of Atticus Finch. A newspaperman and legislator, his character is plumbed in the opening before the author moves on to Harper’s struggle to reconcile the moral ideals of the South with the antagonism inherent in segregation. From here we review the character of Atticus Finch as he evolves in first To Kill a Mockingbird, its movie, and then Go Set a Watchman. Of great interest to Harper Lee and TKAM fans, obviously, but I most enjoyed the survey of A.C. Lee’s editorials, a look at the Depression and World War 2 through the critical and learned eye of a leading citizen of a small southern town.
Yep, nothing. I’ll have you know I was sorely tempted, too. There were several Star Trek Voyager novels on $1 sales, and I wanted them. I’ll see about my Mexican dessert reward later this week. The book-buying ban will continue with the bribe repeated.
Plans for December:
Expect at least a couple of titles relating to southern lit and a nod to the Pacific War. The focus will be TBR titles.