Summer Reading

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Summer is a great time to catch up on reading...between traveling and relaxing at the pool (or in my case, those last 20 minutes for bed), nothing beats a good book. A couple of weeks ago, I started out reading David McCullough's latest work - The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. It was this time last year that I was in Paris, and boy do I wish I had an excuse to go back!

For anyone who likes 1) Paris; or 2) American art; or 3) American literature; or 4) medicine; or 5) history, this book is a must-read. Basically, most anyone with an interest in the arts will find some fascinating aspect of this book. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through, but in short, this relays the journey of notable Americans to Paris in the early to late 19th century. Think Samuel Morse, James Fenimore Cooper, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Singer Sargent, and Marry Cassat. It's a fascinating look at a time when a trip to Paris wasn't just a fun jaunt, but a transformative experience for artists, writers, medical students, and diplomats alike. It makes me feel kind of guilty that my main objective in Paris was going to the St. James store.

Of course, I got part way through A Greater Journey and was feeling pretty proud of myself when MoS got me right off track by giving me Bossypants by Tina Fey. I love me some Liz Lemon, so of course I couldn't help but take a slight literary detour to Fey-ville.

As MoS Charlotte noted, and I totally agree, I think that Tina's stronger medium is TV. The book is funny- and her distinct voice is definitely present throughout- but somehow it's just a lot funnier when it's visual. But still, if you like 30 Rock and get that sense of humor, I'd definitely recommend Bossypants.

So now the big question- what's on y'all's summer reading list lately? I'm always looking for new books to read- and as you can sort of tell, I love non-fiction. Any good recommendations? Do tell!

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