With yesterday being Independence Day, I found myself singing some tunes from the musical “1776” as I worked around the house. Ever since my high school performed that musical in 1976, I’ve loved the witty songs and clever dialogue. Thanks to “1776” I learned more about Abigail Adams and came to appreciate the sacrifices she made for her husband, family and our country. She was one amazing woman!
And that leads me to my summer reading list, where Woody Holton’s biography Abigail Adams tops the list. Keeping with that colonial theme, I’ve added Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, by Andrea Wulf, to the list. What with preparations for the triennial convention and triennial gathering keeping me busy in the first half of the summer, my reading list is a bit smaller than usual so that it’s manageable. I’ve added three books for upcoming book club discussions: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks and The Grace That Keeps This World by Tom Bailey. I’m rounding the list out with The Goddess of Fried Okra by Jean Brashear, selected purely because I love the title!
So, what’s on your summer reading list?