Even though it’s possible to venture out in our “new normal,” reading will likely continue to be a favored pastime of Seabrookers. We hope you’ll continue to send us titles. Here is the latest installment from our readers:
Spying on the South
by Tony Horwitz
The author retraces Frederick Law Olmsted’s journey across the American South in the 1850s, on the eve of the Civil War. Olmsted roamed eleven states and six thousand miles, and The New York Times published his dispatches about slavery and its defenders. More than 150 years later, Tony Horwitz followed Olmsted’s route, and whenever possible his mode of transport–rail, riverboats, in the saddle–through Appalachia, down the Ohio and Mississippi, through Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and across Texas to the Rio Grande, discovering and reporting on vestiges of what Olmsted called the Cotton Kingdom. (2019, 476 pgs; Nonfiction)
A Very Punchable Face
by Colin Jost
Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost shares memories of growing up on Staten Island, attending Harvard, and ending up on SNL where he has held sway over the entertaining news segment for years. (2020, 315 pgs; Nonfiction)
The Sound of Gravel
by Ruth Wariner
Wariner’s true story of coming-of-age in a polygamist family, where she was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, follows her life on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community. (2015, 342 pgs; Nonfiction)
The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel
by Julie Satow
This is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy. With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, it is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York’s place at the center of the country’s cultural narrative for over a century. (2019, 358 pgs; Nonfiction)
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