I'm going to leave this right here and suggest that perhaps Victorian lady and her husband move to Portland if they want to live amongst the open-minded. Or perhaps this is where they got their back-to-the-Victorian-era idea in the first place? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_HGqPGp9iY
Huzzah! Meet you in the forest glade at midnight, then.
I'm a (working!) historian-archivist! My undergrad minor was Classics...until I changed it to English Literature. Undergrad major was History and graduate major was Public History. I basically check all but the last two boxes. And as to the very last, I must say that I am not averse to dancing in the light of the moon on occasion. Which is...kind of witchy? Or maybe just appropriating Witch culture? Great. Now I need to give myself a stern talking-to.
The interview has me very interested. I'll put it on my list and see if he bites. Thank you!
Thank you for your comments. I am intrigued by what you have to say!
Honestly, I have been at a complete loss, and didn't really know where to begin. I read a lot of nonfiction, academic-type stuff nowadays, and I'm not informed enough about YA fiction, other than whatever is made into movies, tbh.
He is a very precocious fifteen year old, and that can make him an insufferable know-it-all. I just want him to *listen* and to feel like it's ok not to have an opinion on every blessed thing. Or if he *does* have an opinion, that he doesn't have to ram it down your throat to show off his smarts. It's become a bit of a parlor trick with him, I think...to take adults by surprise by showing how much he knows about a subject.
Ok, I think I'm catastrophizing things a bit. He's not like this when he's one-on-one with me, but when he's with his parents or in a social group, he reverts to his insufferable know-it-all persona. Pretty sure it's insecurity, and I want to help him navigate that and come out the other side less insecure and more empathetic and generous.
Anyway, thank you for your suggestions. They are on my list!
Yes! He is making a list of ten books, and I am concomitantly making a list of ten books, and then we will read books from each of our lists. I like the idea of reading his choice first, though. I am trying to put my list together, and knew I could count on my fellow Toasties to help me out.
Good God, if he chooses Atlas Shrugged. But no, I love him, and we all have to make sacrifices to help the next generation along. I will just close my eyes and Think of England whilst listening to the audio book.
In the past, he has read a lot of your typical white male history. He loved The Great Gatsby. Also, Hemingway. For his last birthday, I gave him Into the Wild and Into Thin Air because he is also pretty outdoorsy (he's in Scouts and had just taken a week-long canoe trip up in Minnesota).
I think Nickled & Dimed will be an excellent start, actually. I've never heard of Octavian Nothing. I will look into it. Ugh. I wasn't thinking about rape, yet, because honestly, I just don't want to think about it ever. But I appreciate your suggestion. It will help me to perhaps take a bolder course with him. Since I know he's read some of Krakauer's books already, would you recommend Missoula?
I look forward to reading these books, myself. I will go put them on my reading list, posthaste. Thank you for all of your recommendations, cosetthetable.
THANK YOU! I have not read the book. I saw the film with my mother and brother, and I was just so angry about the whole thing, but my mom and brother were like, what? It's romantic. Nope.