Current Reads

Thought I would include a list of what I am currently reading.  I usually read several books at the same time.  Some I finish, some I abandon, some I linger over for months …

As of June 16,2023  this is what I’ve currently got going:

  1. Lincoln: President-Elect — Harold Holzer
  2. Ota Benga: The Pygmy in the Zoo — Phillips Verner Bradford & Harvey Blume
  3. Hazard Powder: The Powder Hollow Explosion of 1913 — Peter Floyd Sorenson
  4. A History of Earth’s Biota: The Blooming of Life — J. William Schopf
  5. An Unsettled Conquest: The British Campaign Against the Peoples of Acadia — Geoffrey Plank
  6. Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America — Denise Gigante
  7. The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans — Cynthia Barnett
  8. The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition — Manisha Sinha
  9. Geology: A Very Short Introduction — Jan Zalesiewicz
  10. Journey to the Centre of the Earth — Jules Verne

Begun in earnest but (temporarily?) set aside:

  1. Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History, 3rd Edition — David E. Fastovsky & David B. Weishampel
  2. Big History: Between Nothing and Everything — David Christian, et al
  3. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World — Peter Frankopan
  4. How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of the Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind — Charles Langmuir & Wally Broecker
  5. Madison and Jefferson — Andrew Burstein & Nancy Isenberg
  6. The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece — Josiah Ober
  7. Scanning the Pharaohs: CT Imaging of the New Kingdom Royal Mummies — Zahi Hawass and Sahar N. Saleem
  8. What Happened — Hillary Rodham Clinton
  9. 1932: The Rise of Hitler & FDR — David D. Pietrusza
  10. In Search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archaeology and Myth — J.P. Mallory
  11. Lincoln in the Bardo — George Saunders
  12. Stanton — Walter Stahr
  13. When Montezuma Met Cortes — Matthew Restall
  14. The Odyssey — Homer, trans. by Lattimore
  15. Sarah’s Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America — Stephen Kendrick & Paul Kendrick
  16. In the Shadow of the Sword — Tom Holland
  17. Osman’s Dream – Caroline Finkel
  18. American Nations — Colin Woodward
  19. Walls — David Frye
  20. The Home Voices Speak Louder Than Drums — Wanda Easter Burch
  21. Not War But Murder: Cold Harbor 1864 — Ernest B. Ferguson
  22. Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South 1865-1914 — William Blair
  23. Giza and the Pyramids — Mark Lehner and Zahi Hawass
  24. Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War — Steve Inskeep
  25. Europe Before Rome — T. Douglas Price
  26. Swann’s Way — Marcel Proust

I may have overlooked something …



I am flattered that I have received emails with comments from many of the authors that I have reviewed, and the bulk of these have not only been quite favorable but have thereby served to establish valuable new relationships.

I find reading quite rewarding, especially when challenging myself to read at or above my limits to expand my horizons, reveal new perspectives, and compel me to use the muscles of my intellect the way an athlete might use the muscles of his body.  I only wish more people felt the same way!

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