Friday, January 01, 2016

Book Suggestions for the 1960s and '70s?

Happy New Year! I am listening to "Jesus Music" right now. My new reading challenge for 2016 involves going back in time with books and music from and about the eras of my ancestors -- going back six generations from my parents to my 4th great grandparents (about 1820). Some of you might be able to help me with the first few selections. January and February will be focused on the 1960s and '70s. First, what was your favorite children's book written during the 1960s? Next, which non-fiction books best capture the spirit of the life and times of the 1960s and '70s (may be written at any time)? I am talking about missionary biographies, US politics, Christianity, science, music, and culture. I especially enjoy memoirs written by normal people who told stories about everyday life, but famous people are okay too. Thank you for any suggestions!

2016 Family History Reading Challenge

1. A popular children's book from my parents' generation (1960s)
 
A Few Options: The Jazz Man by Mary Hays Weik, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, or The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

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2. A non-fiction book about people or events of my parent's youth

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3. A popular children's book from my grandparents generation (1932-1946)

A Few Options: Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroloyn Keene, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, Lassie Come Home by Eric Mowbray Knight, or The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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4. A non-fiction book about people or events of my grandparents' youth

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5. A popular children's book from my great grandparents generation (mostly 1900-1920)

A Few Options: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Braum, Call of the Wild by Jack London, Raggedy Ann Stories by Gruelle, Johnny, or The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

6. A non-fiction book about people or events of my great grandparents' youth

7. A popular children's book from my 2nd great grandparents generation (mostly 1860-1880)

A Few Options: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, A Wonder: Books for Girls and Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne, or The Magic Fish-bone by Charles Dickens

8. A non-fiction book about people or events of my 2nd great grandparents' youth

9. A popular children's book from my 3rd great grandparents generation (mostly 1830-1850)

A Few Options: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo, or Children of the New Forest by Captain Maryatt

10. A non-fiction book about people or events of my 3rd great grandparents' youth

11. A popular children's book from my 4th great grandparents generation (mostly 1810-1830)

A Few Options: poems by Jane and Ann Taylor, etc.

12. A non-fiction book about people or events of my 4th great grandparents' youth