Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is a staple in most college’s introductory
Zinn is a Professor Emeritus in the Political Science Department at
A People's History of American Empire.
Howard Zinn tells history, in comic form
New York Times Book Review has a funny essay this week mocking the questions included in the backs of books these days – There Will Be a Quiz.
Often the questions drift away from the book itself, as in one I read vis-à-vis “Pride and Prejudice”: “Have you ever seen a movie version in which the woman playing Jane was, as Austen imagined her, truly more beautiful than the woman playing Elizabeth? Who doesn’t love Elizabeth Bennett?!!”
He even takes a crack at writing his own odd ball questions.
If it took Odysseus 10 years to make a short trip across a microscopic body of water, why does everyone in “The Odyssey” keep insisting he’s so smart?
The Boston Globe released its picks for best books of 2007. I don’t want to sound critical, but it seems odd to release this in April.
Their picks include On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan, Cheating at Canasta – William Trevor, and Brother, I'm Dying - Edwidge Danticat. I have to add Danticat’s memoir to my must read list.
I only read one book in the Globe’s list. For additional reading suggestions, I would recommend The Dew Breaker by Danticat or The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor.