Things have been quiet over here for a while now, but good news is my last final is finally here and I’ve just started working, my first job ever and I love it! Just yesterday I had time to catch up with your blogs -Google Reader had 41 unread entries- after studying all evening long and it was just what I needed. I see many of you have already started your challenges and I wish you the best.
Last Monday I gave myself the day off and went shopping and to the movies. Our choice was Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow and I loved it, I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Homeland, American history or great female main characters. The movie has a strong, main female character called Maya that I adored and admired so when I came home and watched the compulsory footage/making-of/interviews, I was impressed by Jessica Chastain’s technique approaching characters. While working on Maya for ZDT, she mentioned a book and I’ve been intrigued ever since: The Looming Towers and since one of my 2013 goals was to read more non-fiction, I’d like to know your recommendations regarding American history.
I’m thinking of giving The Looming Towers a try, but there are other decades in American history I like better. These are the topics I’m more interested in:
- Turn of the Century
- 1920’s and the Flappers
- 1930’s and the Dust Bowl
- 1950’s Feminine stereotypes and life in the suburbs
- 1960’s Feminism and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. JFK and Jackie O.
- 1970’s and 1980’s ????? (No idea what to read!)
- 1990’s and 2000’s The War on Terror. The Clintons and the Obamas.
What experiences do you have reading historical non-fiction? Please share them! I’m such a newbie regarding this genre from a non-academic point of view, I’d like to know anything you have to share, especially if it is related to a strong female character.