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One! - The Public Historian
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One!
I've been tagged by Kate to participate in a meme about important books--and I simply can't resist.  Plus, I'm a little flattered.

1.  One book that changed your life:
A Midwife's Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.  I read it during college, but it wasn't assigned.  It's a seminal work in women's history--one of those great books that takes one "little" life and expands upon it to reveal amazing things about history.  A great book to make the argument that you can learn a lot about American history when you start studying women's history.

2.  One book that you've read more than once:
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.  Read it by accident when I was about 8 (it was part of a Scholastic two-pack--I really wanted to read A Little Princess, because I had seen the Shirley Temple movie).  The obsession continues.  Heck, this book is the reason why I'm 
A. a historian (reading all this stuff set in the past made me want to know more about the past) and 
B. A published author!

3.  One book that you'd want on a desert island:
This one is harder.  I'd want something really long and complex.  Perhaps The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner?  Plus, it would remind me just a bit of home.  Or at least the South.

4.  One book that made you laugh:
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg.  i vividly remember reading this book during my god-awful typing class freshman year of high school.  I was surrounded by a lot of freaks, but when I started giggling at the scene where Daisy Fay is galloping past a army convoy on an out-of-control horse after she lost her bikini top, they looked at me like I was the freak.  humph.

5.  One book that made you cry:
Days of Hope by Patricia Sullivan, about early Civil Rights efforts during the 1930s.  This was part of a civil rights class I took in grad school, and honestly, several of the books in that class made me cry.  I don't cry while reading too often--I think because I read quickly, I don't always allow the words to fully sink in.

6.  One book that you wish had been written:
A biography of Katherine Williams Irvin, editor of the Half-Century Magazine.  Her magazine was part of my undergraduate thesis, and I still want to know how a 21 year old black woman edited a magazine from 1915 to 1924.  There's a new book out about black women's magazines, which I just purchased.  Based on my flipping (no time to read yet), there's good information but no biographical information.  I hope there's enough material out there for a book, but there's a good chance she's been lost to history.  Only the magazine remains.

7.  One book that you wish had never been written:
There are plenty of books I've been horrified to see (sequels not written by the original author), books that have frustrated me to no end, but asking a book to have never been written?  That's almost like wishing someone had never been born!  Sure, I think these bitter thoughts on ocassion, but never seriously and never out loud.

8.  One book that you're currently reading:
Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War by Sebastian Faulks

9.  One book that you've been meaning to read:
Have you seen my "to read" pile?  Today, we'll go with Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David von Drehle, which technically isn't in my physical "to read" pile but is on my mental list and something I covet every time I go to Half Price books.  But I refuse to buy any more books (except the two I just received this week!) until my "to read" shelves have been reduced to one shelf.

10.  Now, tag five people.
This part is harder.  Anyone that is inclined to particpate, go right ahead!  It's fun to think about these things.

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