Thursday, July 22, 2021

Cheyenne Summer: The Battle of Beecher Island: A History by Terry Mort -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

It's Book Beginnings on Fridays! Time to gather with our fellow book lovers and share the opening sentence (or so) of the books we are reading this week. Or share from a book that is on your mind right now -- whatever catches your fancy. 

MY BOOK BEGINNING

My fancy is caught by Cheyenne Summer: The Battle of Beecher Island: A History by Terry Mort (Pegasus Books):

In the summer of 1868 General Phillip Sheridan was commander of the US Army's Department of the Missouri. He was responsible for the vast Plains that were the homelands of some of the most warlike and troublesome of the Native tribes.

-- from the author's Introduction.

The tribe popularly known as Cheyenne called themselves Tsistsistas. The word means, roughly, "people."

-- from Chapter 1, The Cheyenne.  

Cheyenne Summer is a new nonfiction history book about a battle in eastern Colorado during the Indian Wars of the late 1800s. In the Battle of Beecher Island in 1868, Cheyenne and Sioux warriors fought US Army scouts, including two battalions of Black "Buffalo Soldiers." 

Although Mort describes the battle as not strategically significant, he concludes that it was culturally and historically important. He uses the battle to frame a discussion about one of the most transformative periods in America's history -- including a discussion of what motivated the white settlers, the Cheyenne, and the US soldiers, both white and Black.

Having grown up at both ends of the Oregon Trail -- Nebraska as a child and Oregon from a teenager on -- I've picked up some of the sad history of how our country treated the Native Americans during the settlement of the Western frontier. But there is a lot to learn. This new book is an interesting place to start.  

YOUR BOOK BEGINNINGS

Please add the link to your Book Beginnings blog or social media post in the Linky box below. If you share on social media, please use the hashtag #bookbeginnings. 

Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.

 

THE FRIDAY 56

Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.

MY FRIDAY 56
From Cheyenne Summer:
Not surprisingly, Texas was a particularly thorny problem -- not only did Texans dislike Reconstruction, but the Comanche and the Kiowa and some Kiowa Apache were continuing their own form of resistance and depredation. . . . On one of his visits General Sheridan once said if he owned both hell and Texas, he'd live in hell and rent out Texas.




Monday, July 19, 2021

Four New Books: Memoir, Novel in Stories, History, Poetry -- MAILBOX MONDAY

 

MAILBOX MONDAY

I've been Mailbox Monday MIA for a few weeks while getting ready for a trial. In the meantime, several new books have come my way and stacked up on my desk. What do you think of these new releases? Does anything catch your eye? 

What new books came into your house lately?


I Have Not Loved You with My Whole Heart by Cris Harris (OSU Press). This gripping memoir came out in June and I can't wait to read it. 

Cris Harris grew up in a difficult household with an alcoholic father, learning to live with the uncertainty, chaos, and neglect of living with addiction. What he didn't expect was that his father, an Episcopalian priest, would come out as gay during the height of the AIDS crisis and die of HIV in 1995. 


The Image: A Novel in Pieces by Steven Faulkner (Beaufort Books). This short novel launches today!

The Image is the tale of a timeless work of art told in three linked stories. It's a story of how art and faith are often entwined and what it takes to cherish both.


Darrow's Nightmare: The Forgotten Story of America's Most Famous Trial Lawyer: (Los Angeles 1911-1913) by Nelson Johnson (Rosetta Books). This one came out in April. Nelson Johnson wrote Boardwalk Empire that was made into such a terrific TV show. 

Darrow's Nightmare is the nonfiction account of how America's most famous criminal trial attorney was almost a convicted criminal himself. in 1911, Darrow went to Los Angeles to defend two union agitators on trial for mass murder. While there, he was indicted and tried for bribing a juror. A conviction would have ended his career.


Plume Poetry 9, edited by Daniel Lawless. Plume is an online magazine dedicated to publishing the best of contemporary poetry. Since 2012, Plume has published an annual anthology of new poems. 

In this 9th anthology, editor Daniel Lawless did something a little different. Instead of choosing all the poems himself, he chose 49 poems and then let those poets chose another poet to be paired with. The 49 poem pairings appear side-by-side, in dialog, as they say in artsy circles. There is also a selection of nine poems by and an interview with Diane Seuss. 
  


Join other book lovers on Mailbox Monday to share the books that came into your house last week. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf, and Velvet of vvb32reads.


   




Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar - BOOK BEGINNINGS

 

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

Welcome to Book Beginnings on Fridays! Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. Add the link to your post in the Linky box below.

Another week of trial prep has flown by without me noticing much beyond my office. I definitely did not have time to post anything on the blog! I can't wait for this big case to be over, one way or the other. 

I can't complain about my law practice, though, because I am fortunate in so many ways. The sex abuse cases my law partner and I work on are difficult (legally and emotionally), but we get so much out of working with our clients. Most of them are adults in the 40s or 50s when they come to us to bring lawsuits for abuse they suffered as children. Many have never told anyone about their abuse until they talk to us. Many go to counseling for the first time because we "make" them. It is the combination of talking about their abuse, standing up for themselves by bringing a lawsuit, and going to counseling, that we've seen change lives -- over and over. So this is a great job to have. 

I'm also fortunate in little ways. My law partner is fun to work with and has my same off-kilter sense of humor. My husband is also a lawyer so puts up with me and has terrific ideas. I live close enough to walk to work. And a neighborhood kitty has adopted our office as a daytime hangout so we have a trial mascot!

MY BOOK BEGINNING

My Book Beginning this week is from The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar:

Although it is dawn, inside Bhima's heart it is dusk.

That's an evocative opening sentence! I like it. This one has been on my TBR shelf for a long time. I am glad to finally read it.

This is the story of two women in Bombay, India -- Sera and her servant Bhima. Both are older and have lost their husbands. They have much in common but a gulf of class and money separates them. It is excellent.

YOUR BOOK BEIGINNINGS

Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.


THE FRIDAY 56

Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.

MY FRIDAY 56

From The Space Between Us:
Bhima walked quickly, anxious to be home. The straps of her rubber chappals dug into her feet, but she was too lost in her thoughts to notice the pain.




Thursday, July 8, 2021

Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford, the Biography by Laura Thompson

 

BOOK BEGGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

How often do you post on your blog each week? Ideally, I like to post three or four times a week. I had a short little stretch there when I was posting several times a week. 

But now I am up to my eyeballs in trial prep for a big sex abuse trial starting September 7. My law partner and I are working seven days a week and will be through the end of September, unless the case settles "on the courthouse steps" as they say. But, that's what I signed up for when I became a trial attorney. It's not 9 - 5 and it's not for the feint hearted.

So for a while, it will be all I can do to get these Book Beginnings posts up! These have become my anchor. I enjoy seeing what everyone has posted, even when I don't have time to leave a comment for everyone. Thank you for playing along!

Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading or want to highlight. You can participate with a blog or on social media. Add the link to your blog or SM post in the Linky box below. 

MY BOOK BEGINNING

From Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford, the Biography by Laura Thompson (2019, Pegasus Books):

The little grave at Swinbrook church is sad right now.

Starting a biography with a visit to the subject's grave is melancholy. But if you are going to write a biography of a dead person, everyone knows how the story ends. Maybe it's best to acknowledge it up front and then go back and fill in the life story.

I love Nancy Mitford's novels. And I love all the stories of the Mitford Sisters. I have a stack of Mitford Sisters books. I may dip into a few now and then, but my plan is to gorge myself on all of them at once when I get a chance.


YOUR BOOK BEGINNINGS

Please add your link in the box below. If you share on social media, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag.

Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.


THE FRIDAY 56

Another weekly teaser event is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice, where you can find details and add a link to your post. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book you are featuring. You can also find a teaser from 56% of the way through your ebook or audiobook.

MY FRIDAY 56

From Life in a Cold Climate:
When, in Pursuit of Love, Nancy conceived the childhood of Fanny as an alternative to the one lived by the Radlett-Mitfords, she was of course having a dig at her parents for their failure to educate her. She wrote of the Radlett children that 'they never acquired any habit of concentration, they were incapable of solid hard work', and this frustration with her own mind was something real and lasting.




Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Mediterranean Wall by Louis-Philippe Dalembert - BOOK BEGINNINGS

 

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS

Happily, the once-in-a-millennium "heat dome" over Portland cracked Monday and temperatures dropped about 50 degrees overnight, from a record-high 116 degrees to an overnight low of 65. You could watch the thermostat fall and hear windows flying up to catch the cool breeze. Lots of Portland houses, including mine, don't have air conditioning, so we don't like heat waves!

Now we are back to our typical summer, with days in the 70s or 80s and nights in the 50s. I love it. I can walk to work again. And I can read. When my house was so hot, all I could do was lie in front of the fan and watch Netflix. My brain was too hot to concentrate on a book.

I hope your weather is temperate and your book entertaining!

Please share the first sentence (or so) of your book with those of us here on Book Beginnings on Fridays. Add your link in the Linky box below. If you share on social media, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag.

MY BOOK BEGINNING

From The Mediterranean Wall by Haitian author Louis-Philippe Dalembert, translated from French by Marjolijn de Jager (2021, Schaffner Press):

Night had just fallen on Sabratha when one of the jailers entered the warehouse.

Three women flee their homelands -- Nigeria, Somalia, and Syria. They are thrown together aboard a dilapidated refugee boat in the Mediterranean Sea, trying to get to Europe. Dalembert's new novel is based on true events of the summer of 2014, off the coast of Italy.


YOUR BOOK BEGINNINGS

Pop around to visit each other if you have time. And please encourage your fellow bloggers to join us here on Book Beginnings!

Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.


THE FRIDAY 56

Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.

MY FRIDAY 56

From The Mediterranean Wall:
They covered two thousand five hundred kilometers, seven days and seven nights in the Sahara, under conditions that even camels would have a hard time coping with. Only one stop a day was allowed. 



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...