Middlebury College professor of English and author, Jay Parini has a new book out in which he discusses the "Thirteen Books that Changed America." Take a look at this article from Vermont Public Radio (and you can listen to the interview). What would be YOUR 13?~ Rev. Peter M. Carey
Thursday November 20, 2008
Thirteen Books that Changed America
From the millions of published books throughout America's history, how do you even begin to choose the ones that have mattered most?
Middlebury professor and author Jay Parini has set out to do just that. His new book, Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America outlines the texts he believes have had the most influence on our country's culture. He joins us to talk over his choices and his selection process.
Also, one of the surprise upsets on Election Day came in the race for county treasurer in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Vanessa Sievers, a 20 year old Dartmouth College junior, defeated the long-time incumbent, Carol Elliott, by 500 votes. But the incumbent claims she lost because of "brainwashed college kids." Valley News reporter John Gregg fills us in on the details.
And, we visit Mama and Pappa Z's, a Brattleboro restaurant with a tiny church behind it, where an Orthodox priest and his wife serve up spiritual sustenance with their pizzas and calzones.
Jay Parini's List:
Of Plymouth Plantation
The Federalist Papers
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Journals of Lewis and Clark
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Souls of Black Folk
The Promised Land
How to Win Friends and Influence People
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care
On the Road
The Feminine Mystique