It’s insane to consider the enormity of the United States. You can fly from LA to NYC in roughly the same amount of time you can fly from London to Baghdad. The difference is that the latter would also encompass flying over at least a dozen other countries. Colin Woodard proposes in his book American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America that, in fact, passing over our vast federation is in many ways much like that flight from London to Baghdad. The reason? The US is divided into 11 distinct nations that are determined not by political lines, but by the ethnographic characteristics of a region’s original settlers.
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Amy Belding Brown’s novel Flight of the Sparrows is a compelling tale that is based on the true story of an early English Puritan who lived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The year is 1676 and Mary Rowlandson is the wife of a Puritan preacher. Even though she’s a loving mother to her three children, Rowlandson often feels stifled by the tyrannical social mores of her village. However, her life is turned upside down when a group of Native Americans attack the town of Lancaster. Rowlandson and her three children are taken captive by a local tribe. With one child wounded and the other two taken to a neighboring tribe as captives, Rowlandson believes that all hope is lost.
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Move over Scarlett O’Hara, there’s a new feisty Civil War-era heroine in town. In Erin Lindsay McCabe’s stunning debut novel I Shall Be Near to You, the author pays homage to the 200 women who masqueraded as men and fought for what they believed was right in America’s bloody Civil War.
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In November 2011, acclaimed author Stephen King appeared at a lecture hosted by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Fellow novelist Tom Perrotta asked King about his work 11/22/63, which was about a man going back in time to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The interview starts off with King reading a little bit of 11/22/63. Perrotta then asks King if he ever has doubts when writing, especially when he has a “bold premise.” King admits that he did in fact have doubts when it came time to do research because he knew he wasn’t going to get everything right, which would irritate both historians and die-hard conspiracy theorists. But King then reminds his readers that he’s not a historical novelist and, due to the fact that the main character can only go back to a certain point in time, 11/22/63 is really more of an “espionage novel” as well as a meditation on “what we owe to history and to ourselves.”
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