Category Archives: Current Table Reading

If

Two weeks ago we finished If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years by Christopher Benfey.  One surprising feature of this biography is that Rudyard Kipling was actually in New England for a good portion of this time, not so … Continue reading

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Hawthorne & Franklin Pierce

At the end of Why Read Moby Dick, Nathanael Philbrick recounts the story of how Herman Melville’s friend, Nathanael Hawthorne, had written a campaign biography for the presidential candidate Franklin Pierce.  Hawthorne and Pierce had been friends since their college … Continue reading

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Why Read Moby Dick

Two weeks ago we finished reading Nathanael Philbrick’s Why Read Moby Dick.  We have read Philbrick before at table, notably, Mayflower.  This new book, a short quick read even at table, is an encouragement for you the reader, yes you, … Continue reading

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One Goal

Two weeks ago we finished Amy Bass’s One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together.  Bass tells the story of the Somali refugees who moved to Lewiston, Maine and how the Lewiston High … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Seton: American Saint

Over Lent and well into the Easter Season we read Elizabeth Seton: American Saint by Catherine O’Donnell.  St. Elizabeth Seton lived in the Baltimore area in the years of the early American republic.  In her early adult life, once her … Continue reading

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Dead Wake

Just as we broke for the Lenten season, we were reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.  Perhaps the most significant fact to learn from this narrative is that the sinking of the Lusitania (May … Continue reading

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Grieving the fire of Notre Dame during Holy Week

As you may know during the Easter Triduum we read the four gospel accounts of the passion of our Lord at table, preempting whatever table reading has been in progress.  As luck would have it today at lunch just before … Continue reading

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