Reading List for Traveling to SAA

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Reading List for Traveling to SAA

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aug 26, 2007, 4:26 pm

I thought it would be interesting to see if any archivists here were traveling to Chicago for SAA later this week and what they would be reading on the plane. I'm plan on finishing The Real All-Americans by Sally Jenkins. Anyone else? If you aren't going to Chicago, what did take on your last/next flight?

aug 27, 2007, 8:31 pm

I'm pretty sure the last book I flew with was Lud-in-the-mist, but I'm not sure that's much help.

I am disporportionately amused that one of the most shared books in this group is Wow! It's great being a duck. A sentiment with which I would disagree (gently). Ducks don't read much.

sep 10, 2007, 5:36 pm

I've been, I've come back. Read Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes, LA Confidential by James Ellroy both of which somebody had told me had archival content but which didn't according to my (somewhat restrictive) standards. I also found A conspiracy of paper by David Liss in a used book store and it turned out to have some very small archival content as did Before the frost by Henning Mankell which I picked up new.

On the non-fiction end of things, I brought along The Indian Slave Trade by Alan Gallay and read some on the plane and picked up a copy of the new edition of Ernst Postner's collected writings called Archives and the public interest at the conference. I wholeheartedly recommend him: a truly entertaining writer, all the more charming for being much funnier than I'd anticipate from an archivist of his generation. Though I will admit I made it through neither of these books--too much to do at the conference!

And I picked up a thoroughly fun and unusual book Autonauts of the cosmoroute which is a must-read for anybody enamored of odd, eclectic road-trip journals.

sep 24, 2007, 7:06 pm

Ah. I've read Death at the President's Lodging: in fact, I've read it at least twice, because I recall that the plot was so complex, I didn't get it all at the first pass and had to start again at the beginning!

I remember it being pretty good despite that, but I've never read any other Innes.