It’s finals week, and I was about to type “and things are winding down” but of course that isn’t exactly true. Last night, for example, Co-Curricular Life sponsored Late Night Breakfast. Between 10 and midnight, students could come over to Prothro for a break and have a hearty helping of bacon, pancakes, omelettes, and juice to fortify themselves for a long night of studying. For the half hour before breakfast started, I led a short NIA workout to holiday tunes (my favorite Christmas album of all time, by the Blind Boys of Alabama — click to see and hear a sample) to remind them that music and movement are great stress relievers!
But things have slowed down enough that I had time to go shopping for the books I intend to read over the holiday break. I’ll tell you what I chose — and what I thought about them! — when I get back in the New Year. But I also thought I’d issue an invitation: if you read anything that makes an impression on you over the holidays or receive any great gift books, send me a note with your recommendations. I’d love to know — and share — what blog readers are reading.
While we’re on the subject, over Thanksgiving I finally read Jill Lepore’s The Name of War. I couldn’t put it down, to the point where I risked being rude to my sister, nephew, husband, and son. (My sister cheerily pointed out that she grew accustomed to being ignored because my nose was in a book sometime in the early 60s.) While I admit that King Phillip’s War is not a topic I thought I was interested in, this book led me to think about American identity in new and challenging way and about how the ripples of history extend and expand, how we’re awash in them. . .