I’ve mentioned it before – that bookshelf where I keep those books that I’m sure to read over and over. Novels that struck a chord with me. “Wicked,” is there; what a tour de force. One by Georgia’s outstanding novelist, Philip Lee Williams. Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Poisonwood Bible.” Hey, I’ll re-read anything by Barbara Kingsolver.
But mostly my special shelf holds non-fiction. Books that opened my eyes, such as Paul de Kruif’s “Microbe Hunters,” way back in graduate school. Paul Ehrlich’s “The Population Bomb.” More recent near-classics like Tim Flannery’s “The Eternal Frontier. An Ecological History of North America and its Peoples.” I wish I could write like Flannery. And Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction.” So timely. And “Your Inner Fish;” what a delight to explore our anatomical heritage.
Now I’ve got to add another book: “A Natural History of Archaeology,” by Brian Fagan. I grew up on “Gods, Graves and Scholars” by C. W. Ceram. Fagan’s book updates those old excavations and adds recent ones. Research in middle America. Stonehenge. The Dead Sea Scrolls. Otzi the Iceman. Well written, those uncomplicated sentences I admire. I can't get enough archaeology.
But - There’s no room on the shelf for another book. Who will get pushed aside? I haven’t made up my mind.
I do recommend, for your summer reading pleasure, “A Little History of Archaeology.” It cuts to the chase.
June 11, 2018. Happy Birthday, Lindsay M.!!
“Heroes have the whole earth for their tomb.” – Pericles.