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Title: One Summer: America, 1927
Author: Bill Bryson
Read By: Melina Lindsey, Adult Basic Education Coordinator
Reading Progress: I’m listening to the audiobook, and just started disc 11 (out of 14).
What I like: I am really enjoying this book! The summer of 1927 was incredibly eventful – between May 1 and September 30, Charles Lindbergh became the first aviator to cross the Atlantic, Babe Ruth hit a record 60 home runs for the Yankees, a scandalous murder trial rocked the nation (and later inspired one of my favorite Barbara Stanwyck movies, Double Indemnity), anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti were executed for a crime they may not have committed, the Mississippi River flooded and drove many from their homes… and on and on and on. Bryson unpacks it all in this well-researched and often very funny book.
What I don’t like: The entire point of the book is to show what a jam-packed summer America saw in 1927, and how many events of that summer altered the course of history and brought America into modernity. At times, though, I felt that Bryson was kind of stretching to pack in as much as he possibly could, and may have benefitted from a tougher editor. His many tangents (though always informative and often entertaining) sometimes distracted me from the main narrative. Company formation morehouse tigernet