I've signed up for this great challenge for 2009. I've committed to several upcoming challenges (see the sidebar), but this one sounds so great I can't resist. It is being hosted by Marny, and the rules can be found here.
Here's the challenge: Read 12 books in 2009 that deal with the American Civil War. This happens to be one of the time periods that I am most interested in. Not just the Civil War, but the mid-1800s in general: Transcendentalism, Darwin, pioneers, the California Gold Rush. Fascinating time. Anyway, here is an alphabetical list of 19 books that interest me. I plan to read only 12 (one a month), and I may stray from this list when I see what others are reading.
- Battle Flag: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book III, by Bernard Cornwell
- The Black Flower, by Howard Bahr
- Bloody Ground: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book IV, by Bernard Cornwell
- Candle in the Darkness, by Lynn Austin
- Copperhead: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book II, by Bernard Cornwell
- Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam, by James M. McPherson
- Grant: Great Generals, by John Mosier
- In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War, by Alice Rains Trulock
- Jordan Country, by Shelby Foote
- Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, by Stephen W. Sears
- Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship, by John Baldwin and Ron Powers
- The March: A Novel, by E. L. Doctorow
- On Agate Hill, by Lee Smith
- Rebel: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book I, by Bernard Cornwell
- The River between Us, by Richard Peck
- They Called Him Stonewall: A Life of the Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A., by Burke Davis
- This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin
- The Twentieth Maine, by John J. Pullen
- With Lee in Virginia, by George Alfred Henty
Thanks so much, Marny!