I read some good stuff in August so I thought I’d start sharing what I read at the end of every month! Full disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
Columbine by Dave Cullen
I’m going to date myself here and say that I was 11 when Columbine happened. There is so much about it that I didn’t understand at the time and so much misinformation has been spread that nearly two decades later, there was a lot that I was still unclear about. Columbine clears it all up in a way that makes it hard to put the book down. On Twitter and Instagram, I said this is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it definitely is. It’s easily in my top five and I would recommend it to anyone, especially Americans as I believe this massacre changed our country.
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy Carter
After finding out that one of my coworkers is a big Hamilton fan and we geeked out a bit, she asked if I had this book. I said I didn’t so she let me borrow hers. I ordered my own copy the very same day. It’s the coolest book ever. The pictures are just gorgeous and the breakdown of the lyrics is amazing since Lin snuck so many little touches into the soundtrack. If you like Hamilton and you don’t have this, what are you doing?
Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave, And Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley
I had been meaning to read this for a while and finally read it for my upcoming posts about Elizabeth Keckley. It’s a really unique book not only because of her incredible life but because, like I cover in the post, literate slaves were extremely rare. To have something that a former slave wrote makes for a fascinating primary source. FYI: the Kindle version is only .99!
My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir by Dick Van Dyke
The Dick Van Dyke Show is my favorite classic TV show and probably one of my favorite shows, period. So when this came up in a BookBub email a few weeks ago, I had to snag it. Dick Van Dyke is very upfront about the fact that there is no dirt in this book (I get the feeling that there is no dirt to put in a book.) It’s just a charming look at his life and career. If you need a palate cleanser for whatever reason, I recommend this one.
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
I picked this up on a whim in a used bookstore. I’m so glad I did. I haven’t finished it yet but it is eye-opening. To know that my grandmothers were restricted in ways that I can’t begin to imagine (and that, as white women, they didn’t even experience the worst of it) is humbling and makes me very grateful for the strides we’ve made.
And in a completely different realm, I’ve been reading this magazine I picked up at an antique shop near Asheville…
Look at that cover!
Go ahead and click to enlarge those. If you want to see more, you can probably find a copy on eBay or in an antique shop near you. I actually found one here in Raleigh the other day! This article inspired a post that will go up sometime in September (it’s up!)