From my husband regarding his late father:
Dad was always reading something. When we picked up the area around his chair, I took a moment to record the books that he had gathered around him at the time that he died. This is what I found:
Born to Kvetch by Michael Wex. This is a very colorful history of the Yiddish language. I know he read this before, and he sent me a copy in 2006. I think he was re-reading it.
What Paul Meant by Garry Wills
Rogers and Hammerstein: Melody Line, Chords and Lyrics for Keyboard – Guitar – Vocal, by Williamson Music.
Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom from History’s Greatest Wordsmiths, by Dr. Mardy Grothe
Viva la Repartee: Clever Comebacks and Witty Retorts from History’s Great Wits and Wordsmiths by Dr. Mardy Grothe
How to Talk to a Liberal (if you must) by Ann Coulter. My brother got this book by super-provocative conservative iconoclast Ann Coulter for my dad, based on Dad’s conservative ideological bent. Actually, my dad talked to liberals all the time, but I doubt he talked to them about Ann Coulter….
A History of Rome under the Emperors, by Theodor Mommsen.
Perspectives on History: A Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, 46:7, October 2008.
In Defense of History by Richard J. Evans
The History of Pugachev by Alexander Pushkin
Rural Panic in Revolutionary France: The Great Fear of 1789 by Georges Lefebvre
Philipps’ Book of Great Thoughts and Funny Sayings by Bob Phillips
Guitar Chord Bible by Phil Capone
Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine by Harold Bloom. The great cultural curmudgeon holds forth on matters divine.
The Kings Depart: The Tragedy of Germany: Versailles and the German Revolution by Richard M. Watt
Crisis in Europe 1560-1660 edited by Trevor Aston
Silver City’s Bear Mountain Lodge: The Untold Story by Donna Eichstaedt. Donna Eichstaedt was both our neighbor in Normal, Illinois and a student of my father’s at Illinois State University.
Mysterium Coniunctionis by C. G. Jung
History and Theory vol 45, no. 4, 2008
Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam. This is a book about the decline of collective activities and the atomization of U.S. society. I believe this may have been the last book he read, though I couldn’t say whether or not he finished it. It shows that, right to the end, he was curious and interested about the world going on around him.
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