Book Club – The 1920s

Here are the first three books in my theme.  I think we should read one a month unless someone picks a very long book.  Considering the time frame, if you both want to come up with a list of three as well, I think it’d work just as well if we read one from someone elses list next, etc.  And no requirement that we choose a theme, I just thought it was an interesting idea.    

1) Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s (to get a first hand history of the decade). Available for free online.  Let’s shoot for one a month, this should be a quick read after perusing it myself. 
2) The Great Gatsby (the seminal book of the decade)
3) The History of Jazz, by Ted Gioia.  (The music form that took off in this decade)

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About Connie Stinson

Connie Stinson is a lawyer/talk show host who dabbles in the arts of strained analogies, forced humor, and poor spelling. In his spare time Mr. Stinson enjoys charcoal BBQ, as well as any and all things related to humor. He is currently working on his second book, "Look at You, You're a Mountain: A Retrospective On Hogs and the Men Who Love Them."
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4 Responses to Book Club – The 1920s

  1. Mola Ram says:

    Fantastic prelude. Really sets the scene beautifully. So shall we discuss through chapter 7 by thanksgiving and have it finished by December?

  2. I think that sounds like an awesome plan. I liked the idea of reading a first hand account written at the time, rather than a more considered history. Thought reading a journalist’s retelling, right at the time, would give us a cool perspective on what people were thinking right at the time.

    I read some bits and pieces just to make sure I wasn’t picking something terrible and think its a pretty quick and interesting read.

  3. So frustrated, had all these comments written here and then accidentally scrolled away.

    Can’t start over. I’m finished with the Prelude. Some thoughts:

    Can’t believe that women’s suffrage was only 90 years ago, seems strange.

    “Not yet disillusioned, the nation welcomes its heroes-and the heroes only wish the fuss were all over and they could get into civilian clothes and sleep late in the mornings and do what they please, and try to forget.”
    – Thought this was a great understated comment on a brutal war.

    Taking his theme, what would you say are the big things that 2000s Mola and RA are unfamiliar with? I’m saying
    – HD
    – Handheld Multi-media devices
    – Segmented cable allowing more group think
    – Blogs
    – Global warming.

    Others?

  4. Also, I thought “Scarlet Career” was an incredible euphemism for prostitute. On to chapter 2.

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