Monday, June 4, 2007

Summer Reading Challenge

Janie over at Seasonal Soundings is inviting everyone to her Summer Reading Challenge 2007. Joining in, here is my list:

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky - Recommended by my Mom. Written by a young Jewish woman living in Paris in the early 1940s, this novel encompasses 2 parts of a planned 5-part series. She was ultimately arrested and deported to Auschwitz and died at the age of 39. The story is set in occupied France.

The Iliad by Homer translated by Robert Fagles - Started this one several months ago. Plan to finish it this summer.

Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher - Describes a group of conservatives who 'count themselves as part of the Right but whose 'small is beautiful' style of politics often puts them at odds with Republican orthodoxy.' Dreher writes for the Dallas Morning News and has a super blog, Crunchy Con.

Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud debate... by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. - Written by a Harvard professor comparing the philosophical arguments of both men. The author presents the writings and letters of both men and allows them to 'speak' for themselves.

Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland - Interesting book detailing the importance the mind plays in our Christian faith.

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich - To read for our local library book club. Illustrative novel about Native American life.

The Foxfire Book - Recommended by my Dad, who owns a rare and used book store called The Book Gallery in McKinney, Texas. In the late 1960s, Eliot Wigginton and his students created the magazine Foxfire in an effort to record and preserve the traditional folk culture of the Southern Appalachians. This is the original book compilation of Foxfire material which introduces Aunt Arie and her contemporaries and includes log cabin building, hog dressing, snake lore, mountain crafts and food, and "other affairs of plain living." My Dad obviously sees us heading in this direction.


Seasonal Soundings said...

Hi Laura,
I've got your list linked now at Seasonal Soundings.

You will love Fagles' Iliad! I especially liked the audio of it. And I've got Moreland's book Love God with All Your Mind on my list for later this year. Glad you are joining us!

Happy Reading,

ukrainiac said...

What an interesting list! I'm learning about all kinds of new titles just be checking out the other folks taking the challenge!

This should be fun!

DebD said...

What a great list. I am especially intriqued by Loving God with All Your Heart. Can't wait for the review.

ellen b said...

I'm thinking of looking for the Moreland book. Blessings on your readings...