Thomas Jefferson was a legend in his own time, and since then hundreds of books and articles have been written about him, so you might not expect to see more, but historian Jon Meacham, who was featured in Ken Burn’s documentary about the Roosevelts, is coming to Virginia to share a whole new view of Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson may have wanted history to see him as a philosopher and an educator. The epitaph on his grave doesn’t even mention the presidency.
For a journalist, there are at times stories that go beyond columns and minutes and have a life that needs hundreds of pages to be told. Journalist Beth Macy of Roanoke found such a story in the Factory Man.
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.