School summer reading lists are infamous. Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals. Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name.
When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was The Little Match Girl.
“I remember sitting in my Grammy’s lap and she would read The Little Match Girl to me and it would wreck me every time. And I then I would ask her to read it again, like through my tears, read it again, you know.”
If you’re looking for some good summer reading, a professor at the University of Virginia has the answer. He’s read War and Peace 15 times, and he wants you to enjoy it at least once. To help you tackle that 1,500 page tome, he’s written a book called Give War and Peace a Chance.
It’s easy to see why people would be scared away from Tolstoy’s classic story. It has 361 chapters, nearly 600 characters, and in its time UVA Lecturer Andrew Kaufman says, it broke all the rules.
A University of Virginia Professor is celebrating a rare victory today – winning a Pulitzer prize for the second time.
Alan Taylor’s latest book – The Internal Enemy -- tells the story of 3,400 slaves who escaped from Virginia and Maryland plantations to British ships off the coast during the War of 1812.
“I found some important documents, including some letters written by these former slaves, telling dramatic stories of their night time escapes, fighting on behalf of the British as marines and sailors and nurses and laundresses and guides and pilots.”
For many places still blanketed in snow, it may be a while until we even see the ground again. But waiting patiently under there and soon to sprout, is a species so unique, that it’s hard to categorize, yet so common, you’ll know it instantly.
“Mushroom a Global History” is the name of a book Cynthia Bertelsen, a food writer and blogger in Blacksburg and an award winning cook, who's lived all over the world. More than a recipe book, she’s written a highly readable cultural history of the sometimes-controversial fungus.
It’s been over a year since the publication of a new book about Thomas Jefferson and his slaves. It won rave reviews from many parts of the country, but in Charlottesville the author is still attacked in certain circles.