Shadows & Dust / Vol. IV, Issue 9

It’s already August?!? Too bad we can’t rewind time a few months to start summer over. I still haven’t gotten to my list of stuff I need to fix around the house!

Quick reminder to check out the app “Hoopla,” a free collection of music, ebooks and audiobooks that just might be connected to your local library. A few of the following titles might be available on there!

Here’s what I’ve been reading this summer:

  • Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone by George Black — Kept seeing this in all the gift shops in the park and now that I’ve seen it in person I’m curious to learn more about its story.
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain — The family and I listened to this American Aeneid on our drive to and from Yellowstone National Park earlier this month. Despite its jarring and continual use of the “n-” word, it’s still right up there on my list of all-time favorites for its portrayal of Huck’s pre-Civil War struggle between his friendship with Jim, an escaped slave, and his “moral” and even “religious” obligation as a white person to turn Jim in to the authorities.
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin — Winner of a number of awards and required reading in some schools, March is U.S. Congressman Lewis’s first-hand account of Civil Rights Movement.
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi — A moving memoir by a young Stanford neurosurgeon written while he was dying of cancer.
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger — A look at the plight of returning veterans, the cost of PTSD and the need to heal our fractured political climate for veterans’ sake, if for no other reason.
  • The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story by Elliott West — A retelling of one of the most poignant and regrettable chapters in American history.
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