Hey friends. I’m taking a little fall vacation for the next few days.
101 Books will return with new posts on Tuesday.
Until then, enjoy some of the “greatest hits” from the past: Read more
Nat Turner was a real guy.
So, while The Confessions of Nat Turner is a novel, it’s very much based on fact. Nat was a slave in Virginia who led a revolt and killed more than 50 white people in the 1830s.
Nat was bright. He could read and write at an early age, and he actually knew more about the Bible than many pastors in town. Turner was so smart, in fact, that after the rebellion many states passed laws that limited the education of blacks and made sure a white minister was present at all African-American services.
The racist slaveowners believed that Nat’s education played into his awareness of the injustice of his condition. Hence, the revolt.
As bright as Turner was though, he might have been a little crazy too.
On May 12, 1828, Nat Turner was working in the fields when he . . . Read more
Although I’m not a big fan of politicians, I’ve always kinda, sorta liked Bill Clinton.
He’s always seemed like an approachable guy who would be easy to talk to, play a round a golf with, and drink a pint at a bar.
Not that this is any surprise, but he’s well read too, which makes him even more likeable. He’s a smart dude.
When I was single, I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite that bad.
Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find the right girl, and the rest is history.
But even though my “game” probably sucked, I knew some common rules of dating. I mean, the really, really basic do’s and don’ts.
The same can’t be said for some of these characters from literature. These guys and girls really knew how to screw up some relationships.
Here’s the type of advice they might give you based on their stories. Read more
I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, but this one looks pretty good.
The Confessions of Nat Turner, written by William Styron, is historical fiction in a sense. The novel recounts the first-person narrative of Nat Turner, who led a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831.
Here are a few quick facts about The Confessions of Nat Turner and William Styron: Read more
“If you want to read a book by a man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well, read Appointment in Samarra.” -Ernest Hemingway
That’s pretty high praise from Papa.
And having completed Appointment in Samarra, I must agree. This is a fabulous novel.
I’ve heard Appointment in Samarra called a “Poor Man’s Gatsby,” and I believe that’s a perfect description. Read more
Earlier this year before the Super Bowl, I made a list that reimagined all 32 NFL teams as favorite authors. That was fun.
With college football season now underway, I thought it would be a great time to do the same thing with college teams. The catch here is that Division 1-A college football has 126 teams, so I won’t be listing all of them.
Instead, I chose to list some of the more prominent teams with an associated famous author. Keep in mind, I’m an SEC guy, so I might lean a little that way.
Here we go: Read more