04-09-2010 04:20 AM
For those who might not read the Unabashedly Bookish book blog here, I have a new article up about a recent Obama biography. Here's a taste:
New Yorker editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick tries to answer these questions in The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama (which hits shelves in your local Barnes & Noble today). The name is important, as is a quote from Lewis at the beginning of the book: "Barack Obama is what comes at the end of that bridge in Selma."
If you'd like to read more about this, please click here.
If you have the book or are in the midst of reading it, I am happy to discuss it with you. It's not the "official" book of the month or months, but I welcome dialogue with any reader, irrespective of time frame. Of course, the longer we go between my writing the review and your commenting, the harder it will be for me to find the parts of the book to which you refer, but I will enjoy the challenge.
04-13-2010 11:16 AM
Those of you who have a chance may like to join this Washington Post sponsored on-line discussion with the author this afternoon:
David Remnick, author of "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama," will be online Tuesday, April 13, at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the book.
Submit your questions and comments before or during today's discussion.
The Post will undoubtedly publish the results.
04-13-2010 12:37 PM
Wow, thanks, Peppermill.
I guess there's something wonky with my phone's email updater, because I didn't get my email notification of your private message until I signed on just now. Thanks for taking the time to let everyone know.
I bet those jerks at WaPo don't even green light my question for Remnick over which was the best Beatle.
04-26-2010 04:42 PM
Am ready for disk 8 of this saga. I don't know if I could slog through an entire reading, but this is definitely a worthwhile book to us as citizens. So far, Chicago and Harvard Law School politics and cultures have been the most interesting to me. Sometimes I find myself gaining greater and deeper respect for the man who is our President; other times I wonder who in the world have we elected.
04-30-2010 12:32 AM
Finished last of the 20 CDs today of The Bridge and returned the set to the library. Managed to get through them in two weeks plus one day. Now, must decide if worth the investment to get a copy for family members. It is rather wordy and includes a number of passages that were interesting to hear, but which didn't seem necessary -- such as the slaves and servants of the early Presidents, especially the freewoman who served the Lincoln's. Still, as I said in my previous post, Bridge struck me as a worthwhile read for any citizen, even if it might well rankle at some point or another, regardless of one's political posture.
I wanted more on the role young people in their twenties played on gaining support for the election of Obama, both by working on the election and via conversations within their families. There was virtually none of that.
The Rev. Wright story was pretty well fleshed out from several perspectives.
Audacity of Hope was available on CDs tonight, and since I have never gotten it read, I checked it out and will continue to immerse myself in the saga of Barack Obama for a few more days.
Actually, I am looking forward to Bush's book as well, but suspect the waiting list for it will be longer in my community!