Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Salon - July 12

The Sunday
Earlier this week, we took a trip to Morven House in Princeton, the home of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife Annis Boudinot Stockton. During the tour, I learned that Annis, a feminist and patriot, was one of America's first female published poets, and wrote more than 12o works. Wanting to learn more, I asked if any of her works were still in publication. The tour guide did not know (I since looked it up; they were collected and published in 1995 in a book called Only for the Eye of a Friend: The Poems of Annis Boudinot Stockton) but another visitor on the tour reminded me of a book that has been languishing on my TBR pile: Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised our Nation by Cokie Roberts. Annis is covered in the book, along with Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Reed Franklin, and Eliza Pinckney. I ran out this afternoon on the way back from the beach and picked up a copy of the book from the library, and that will be my reading material for this not-so-leisurely Sunday!

Cokie Roberts has a new book out that also sounds good which seems to pick up where Founding Mothers leaves off. It is titled Ladies of Liberty: The Women who Shaped our Nation.

Yesterday I breezed through a small book by young Japanese author Hitomi Kanehara, Snakes and Earrings, an explicit look into the counter-culture of Japanese youth. It's...interesting. 

Happy Sunday!


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to put Founding Mothers on my wishlist. Yours is the second blog I've read that talked about it. :-)

Literary Feline said...

I'll have to make note of Cokie Roberts' books. I go through history phases where I like to read about certain time periods and I haven't read enough about the historical women in U.S. history.

The book you read, Snakes and Earrings, sounds interesting. I've read a few articles on the subject of the youth counter-culture in recent months.

tanabata said...

LOL. I had to laugh at your reaction to Snakes and Ladders. It's certainly not a part of society I've had any first-hand experience with!

Nyssaneala said...

koolaidmom - I'll let you know how it is after when I finish reading it!

wendy - I also go through history phases, I seem to be entering a revolutionary one at the moment. :)

tanabata - Other than seeing the funky fashion choices of some youth in Osaka a few years back, I have no experience with that part of Japanese society either. I think it would be more interesting to read a non-fiction book about this sub-culture, Kanehara's novel wasn't entirely my cup of tea.