Joining the People's History Read-a-Long

Monday, January 9, 2012

This last year has found me getting more interested in both non-fiction and in learning about history... so, I decided to join the read-a-long hosted by Jill and Jenners for A People's History of the United States. It's at a totally casual pace of one chapter a week (and, really, the chapters are not that bad), so the plan is to finish in early July!


Here's the synopsis from BN.com:
A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America’s story from the bottom up—from the point of view of, and in the words of, America’s women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. From Columbus to the Revolution to slavery and the Civil War—from World War II to the election of George W. Bush and the “War on Terror”—A People’s History of the United States is an important and necessary contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.
I won't necessarily be posting every Monday, but the first chapter is to be done and "discussable" on January 16 and then one chapter each Monday after that. I started reading and it seems like it's pretty engaging and accessible. I'm looking forward to this!

6 comments:

Zibilee said...

I just decided to join too, though I don't know how I will schedule my posts. I am looking forward to this, as I don't get the chance to read much nonfiction! Glad you will be a reading buddy!

nomadreader said...

I'm glad you'll be doing this readalong too! I'm in the same boat--I don't know if I'll post each Monday, but I did read the first chapter over the weekend and am already formulating my thoughts for Monday. Enjoy!

Jenners said...

I'm so happy you are joining in. There is definitely no pressure to post each Monday, but if something strikes you, definitely share it somehow via comments or a post. The chapters are definitely doable when read one a week. I think the slow pace is well suited for this type of book. Thanks for joining!!!

softdrink said...

Yay!

Stacy at A Novel Source said...

Yay! I decided yesterday to join too and ordered my book. Can't wait to get started!

Steph said...

I am interested in this book, and I just rented a documentary about Howard Zinn's life. He seems fascinating. He isn't just a scholar of history -- he's lived it.

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