14 November 2008

Friday Finds: Nov. 14

I post my entire list of weekly discoveries on Sundays, but I like to pick out a couple of books to highlight for this meme. To see what others found this week, click here.

Both books for this week were found on J. Kaye's Book Blog! It is simply coincidence that the two books I picked from my list happened to be mentioned or reviewed there. Thanks J. Kaye!

The first one is Crossing the Continent 1527-1540 by Robert Goodwin. This is the true story of Estaban Dorantes, an African American slave who traveled across the American south with three Spanish captains. They face much hardship along the way, and the Europeans eventually owe their lives to Dorantes. Sounds like a must-read to me.

The second one is To Catch the Lightning by Alan Cheuse. This is a novel based on the life of photographer Edward Curtis, who became famous for his photographs of Native Americans. Curtis was determined to record the disappearing cultures of the American Indians, and apparently this passion became all-consuming. I am familiar with Curtis's work and have studied anthropology, so this is another book that is going on my must-read list.

For a synopsis of the first book and a review of the second, visit J. Kaye's blog here.


bermudaonion 11/14/08, 8:21 AM  

I think To Catch the Lightning looks great, too.

dawn 11/14/08, 8:49 AM  

Isn't is fun to find new books from reading about them on other blogs? My wish list is SO long, and seems to grow daily!

J. Kaye Oldner 11/14/08, 10:16 AM  

LOLOL! So glad I could help. :) We feed each others addictions, don't we?

Beth F 11/14/08, 10:21 AM  

J. Kaye: That's a good thing, isn't it??

gautami tripathy 11/14/08, 10:39 AM  

To Catch the Lightning seems like a good book! Gonna check it out!

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J. Kaye Oldner 11/14/08, 10:46 AM  

For sure a good thing. :) I can't think of a better addiction or obsession to have.

Betty 11/14/08, 11:10 AM  

Luckily I'm not in my 'cultural phase' of reading, or these two books would be going straight to my TBR list too.

I have phases where I read a lot of one type of genre and only that genre, and then I move to the next. LOL!

I'm in my 'fantasy phase' now and reading a lot of it. I do tend to be in the 'fantasy phase' more often than others though...

Shana 11/14/08, 11:13 AM  

I have To Catch the Lightning - it's huge but I'm looking forward to reading it.


bethany 11/15/08, 6:50 PM  

I have To Catch the Lighting on my shelf and I agree....it looks like a great read for sure! I hope to get to it soon :)

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