Summer came –and just in time. With my kids home from school — “mom” is my day job –my halcyon spring weeks of archival research are at an end. This blog has been strangely quiet for a great reason: I was blessed with an amazing research streak. What we don’t know about ourselves could–will, I hope –fill another book. Until then, my finds are filed, not blogged.
A pile of books to read (or reread) stands on my library table, awaiting amalgamation into the whole. In case you’re looking for a few that may show up on no other blogger’s list of beach-reading:
Dammed Indians Revisited by Michael J. Lawson (2009)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2009)
Skull Wars: Kenniwick Man, Archaeology and the Battle for Native American Identity, David Hurst Thomas (2001)
The Story of America: Essays on Origins, Jill Lepore (2012)
Reflections of A Culture Broker: The View from the Smithsonian, Richard Kurin (1997)
E Pluribus Barnum: The Great Showman and the Making of U.S. Pop Culture, Bluford Adams (1997)
The Walleye War: The Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights, Larry Nesper (2002)
Believe it or not, these books have things in common: they come recommended by friends, and they trace the connections between the historical past and the modern present.
Fold into archival research, and stir.