This summer I have read several compelling books.
First I read A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation (.) by David W. Blight Ph. D. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw_0_7?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=a+slave+no+more&sprefix=a+slave
This is an excellent commentary on two slave narratives and then includes the actual narratives. Slavery is the American holocaust. The U.S. should offer reparation to families of enslaved people. If you don't agree, just read a few slave narratives. I will read Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington this fall. I am enthralled with slavery and the Jim Crow era, though I am not sure why.
Next I read Broken Music by Sting. http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Music-Sting/dp/0440241154/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250087037&sr=8-1
This is a memoir by the pop star Gordon Sumner known as Sting, the bass player and front man for The Police.
It was a little hard to get into, but once in what a great story he has to tell. It covers his life from boyhood up until his first American tour with the Police, after which he became famous and filthy rich. The story is well told and compelling.
Now I am just finishing Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice http://www.amazon.com/Christ-Lord-Road-Anne-Rice/dp/1400078946/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250087207&sr=1-1
This is a novel told in first person by Jesus of Nazareth. I heard about this somewhere on the web and had been wanting to read Anne Rice to see if she was any good. Turns out she is a good novelist and something of a Christian scholar. If you ever wondered what it was like to be a major Jewish prophet and Saviour of all mankind, this is a good book for you. Interesting read.
So what are you reading this summer?