Sunday, January 1, 2012

the duodeca books of Christmas, book octa

So, the 8th Day of Christmas is, of course, New Year's Day. I hope you have all recovered, more or less, from your New Year's Eve (It's 4:30 pm where I am, and we made our toasts last night with Shirley Temples, which were yummy, so I'm fine).

Today is the feast day of St. Basil the Great. In the Orthodox Church, it is the feast of the circumcision of Christ. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is Global Family Day. In Brunei, Haiti, and Sudan, it is Independence Day. January 1 is a very busy day, clearly.

Today's book:

Jill Lepore - A is for American

I've reviewed a Jill Lepore book earlier, not this one. Lepore is an historian of Early American history, particularly interested in questions of national identity and the formation of said. This is a book about the specific use of language in the Early Republic (and beyond - she discusses Alexander Graham Bell, according to the cover blurb) to create a sense of national unity and identity. Lepore, based on my other readings, writes clearly and coherently, with a minimum of jargon and academic bafflegab, so I'm looking forward to reading this one.