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Favorite authorsKingsley Amis, Natalie Angier, Donald Barthelme, John Barth, Mary Clearman Blew, Bill Bryson, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Susan Cheever, V. Gordon Childe, Winston S. Churchill, Kjell Eriksson, Brian M. Fagan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, E. M. Forster, Ian Frazier, Paul Fussell, Allegra Goodman, Maxim Gorki, Nick Hornby, Gertrude Jekyll, Horace Freeland Judson, Anne Lamott, Doris Lessing, Sinclair Lewis, Derek Lundy, Alison Lurie, Betty MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Thomas McGuane, John McPhee, P.B. Medawar, Margriet de Moor, Vladimir Nabokov, Eric Newby, Grace Lee Nute, Karl Popper, Emily Post, Richard Russo, Oliver Sacks, Simon Schama, Mona Simpson, J. I. M. Stewart, Colin Thubron, Calvin Trillin, Vendela Vida, Edith Wharton, Jincy Willett, William Zinsser, Stefan Zweig (Shared favorites)

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Currently readingAt home : a short history of private life by Bill Bryson
August 1914 by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit︠s︡yn
They went : the art and craft of travel writing by William Knowlton Zinsser
The life of King Henry V by William Shakespeare

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Dear smcwl:

I noticed that you have James & Patricia Deetz's "The Times of Their Lives" on your reading list, so I thought you might be interested in a book I wrote, "Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims' First Year in America." It's been getting very good reviews and ratings here at LibraryThing and over at

You can read excerpts at . You can order it there, too, at a special discount offered to anybody who agrees to write a review of the book.

Note that is NOT a book about a holiday. it's about a bunch of PEOPLE and everything they did, everything that happened to them, in every detail I could find about them.

Let me add that this would be a good Father's Day gift for any fathers you happen to know who have an interest in history or the founding of America. What could be better for fathers than forefathers? If you get it as a gift, I recommend the hardcover edition, which has a red ribbon bookmark in it - the kind of book a father will want to pass on to a daughter or son. I'll be glad to sign the book and write a dedication in it. Just let me know what to write ("For my favorite forefather," for example, or "For my nephew the father" or whatever you like.)

As you'll see from the excerpts, it's a different kind of history - very graphic and dramatic but always sticking strictly to the facts. It's a book for everyone, not just historians. It covers just about every known detail about what happened in that crucial year between the landing of the Mayflower and the famous harvest feast of the following autumn.

I hope you get a chance to read it.


Glenn Alan Cheney
Hanover, Conn.
Hi there. I noticed my book, Love and Other Natural Disasters, was in your library, and I wanted to let you know I'm doing an author chat for the next two weeks. It'd be great to see you there!
Holly Shumas
Thanks for singling out my library. I notice you have some of Michael Dirda's books and I wonder if you know of his online book discussion at the Washington Post every Wednesday. It's very free-wheeling and he's a great host. I'm headed over there right now!
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