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Review: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

I’m disappointed to report that I have bailed on David McCullough’s latest book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. I had been looking forward to this book for quite some time. My schedule has been pretty crazy with work so I opted to listen to the book via audible.

I gave up after getting through about four hours. I just can’t bring myself to listen to any more of this book.

I love Edward Herrmann, it’s not his narration. He does a stealer job – I loved his French. It’s the book. I normally love David McCullough’s writing but this book just seemed scattered to me.

Maybe it’s because most of the histories I’ve read lately have centered on one person. But it didn’t seem like there was a plan. It was like he had all these great stories about all these notable Americans and he just threw them down on the page.

So I’m going to take a bit of advice from that old saying, life is too short to read bad books. I’m moving on to Rules of Civility: A Novel. 

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Greater Journey

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Last week I was sick and working a convention. I’m catching up on some relaxation this week reading The Paris Wife and cleaning out email messages. David McCullough’s newest book, The Greater Journey,  was mentioned in an email.

There’s not much of a description on the book but just enough for me to know that I’ll want to check this one out.

David McCullough tells the story of the American artists and scientists who studied in Paris, and changed America through what they learned there.

The Greater Journey is due out on May 24th. Just in time to read over the long Memorial Day weekend.

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