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‘Tis of Thee: A history

 Like thousands of Americans, Spokane author Claire Rudolf Murphy tuned in to watch President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.

She enjoyed Aretha Franklin’s soul-stirring rendition of my “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” commonly known as “America,” but wondered why Franklin chose to sing that particular anthem on such a momentous occasion.

That question provided the prompt for Murphy’s 17th book, “My Country ’Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights.”

“I discovered there were all kinds of versions of this melody,” she said. Read more. Cindy Hval, SR

My youngest son and I still read aloud to each other and we really enjoyed this book. Do you have a favorite patriotic song?

What Do Your Books Say About You?

 I’ve been thinking about the life cycle of books. Well, about my books, anyway.    Lately, realizing it was time to thin the shelves in my library downstairs, I’ve been going through them one by one, bagging up the books that no longer interest me or attract me enough to keep. First, the books go to Auntie’s Bookstore’s “used books” desk. The bookstore staff takes what they want, what they think they can resell, and add a percentage of the original price of the book to my in-store account. I come back a few hours later, pick up what they can’t use and donate what’s left in the bag to a favorite charity/Cheryl-Anne Millsap, Home Planet. More here.

Question: Well, hat do the books you keep say about you? And/or: Is it easy for you to discard books?

The top 10 books people lie about reading

File photo: Paul Wasson has read 4,000 books and counting.

Have you ever lied about reading a book? Maybe you didn’t want to seem stupid in front of someone you respected. Maybe you rationalized it by reasoning that you had a familiarity with the book, or knew who the author was, or what the story was about, or had glanced at its Wikipedia page. Or maybe you had tried to read the book, even bought it and set it by your bed for months unopened, hoping that it would impart what was in it merely via proximity (if that worked, please email me). Read more.

The list includes Atlas Shrugged, Moby Dick and War and Peace, none of which I've read or plan to read. Actually, I haven't read a single book on this list have you?

Whatcha Readin’?

Just finished “Joyland” yesterday. It was a fun, light read with none of the usual King macabre. I started “The Aviator's Wife” last night. I can't be confined to any particular genre. Heck, I even still read newspapers.

What are you reading?

Whatcha Readin’?

I really, really wish I was reclining in our shady gazebo and reading this book. It's a young adult book, but I'm finding 'How I Live Now' engrossing. From Goodreads: “Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.”

What's on your summer reading list?

Voyaging to Narnia

Will Poulter, right, and Reepicheep the warrior mouse  in a scene from “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

I'm a big C.S. Lewis fan and am looking forward to seeing this movie tonight with my family. If you've already seen it and hate it, don't tell me! Movies can never really capture the essense of a book, just like books can never have the sensory appeal of movies.

What's your favorite movie that was based on a book?

719 books & Counting

I have a habit of checking out the book shelves whenever I’m invited for the first time to someone’s place. The titles reveal a lot about the host family. I have 3 1/2 book shelves. My books reveal that I collect old books, biblical & religious books, books about newspapers & columnists, poetry, and sundry other subcategories including sports. Trish Gannon, again on her Facebook page, prompted my thoughts about my books with this comment: “As research for a future story, I have counted 719 books in my house, not counting those belonging to my brother Joe.”

Question: How many books do you have in your house — and what do they say about you?

Nic: Signing Off To Read A Book

On Facebook, Nic Case/Rants, Raves, & Random Thoughts writes: “Attention interweb friends: I’m logging off to go read a book. Yes, I said ‘book.’ It’s what we did before the internet was invented.” I not only applaud Nic for signing out to read a book. But I must confess that I read far fewer books today than I did when I began blogging/Tweeting/Facebooking. In fact, when it comes to books, I now have the attention span of an MTV addict. How about you?

Question: Do you read more books or /less books today than you did five years ago? Are you currently reading a book? Which one?

Best Books of the ‘00’s

The folks at A.V. Club have compiled a list of the best books of the 00’s. No, “Going Rogue” didn’t make the cut.

Among their non-fiction picks: Devil in the White City, Freakonomics and Nixonland.

Ficton picks include: Atonement,  Bel Canto and The Blind Assassin.

What books would you add to the list?

Online Poll: Books

How many books did you read last year?/Lewiston Tribune

  1. None
  2. 1 to 4
  3. 5 to 10
  4. 11 to 20
  5. More than 20

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