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Nina Sankovitch launched ReadAllDay.org in 2008, and at the end of her year of reading, she was profiled in the New York Times. She continues to review books on ReadAllDay.org and for the Huffington Post. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and four sons.
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Ina Sankovitch's American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution was an interesting book that discusses the interconnections between these 4 families that grew up together in the Braintree, Massachusetts.

John Hancock, John Adams, and Josiah Quincy were childhood friends whose families intermarried. Loyal British subjects who, through the post-war policies of King and Parliament, were involved in the evolution from loyal colony to rebellion.

Families from different backgrounds were involved were witnesses and participants in the Stamp Act Congress, the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, the siege of Boston and the Continental Congress. They took the divergent paths of loyalists and rebels that ultimately led to the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.

A 4 star book that looks at the relationship and choices of these 3 families on our country's path to rebellion.
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dsha67 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 30, 2023 |
3.5 stars

Sankovitch commits to reading one book a day for a year in an effort to finally, fully, grieve the death of her sister three years before.

I enjoyed hearing the synopses of so many books, and there were many good quotes scattered throughout.

The author is clearly a fast reader and there's nothing wrong with her goal, but she treats books and reading as her god and guide in life. Sankovitch and I hold very different moral/spiritual beliefs, and so I just couldn't agree with many of her conclusions. She doesn't have true hope in an afterlife, and her musings on death and grief reflected this lack of hope. She states, "The only balm to sorrow is memory."

Sankovitch also believes that humans are inherently good, yet doesn't bother attempting to explain why, if we're so good, we act so selfish and even wickedly at times. She just says we should go read some other book to try and figure it out. (My personal recommendation would be the Bible!)

Though I enjoyed the book-talk, this is technically a memoir, and this side of the book felt disjointed, as if Sankovitch wanted to cram her whole life into this one book but wasn't sure how to do that.

There are some brief mentions of sex that I found in poor taste.

It was okay, overall, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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RachelRachelRachel | 57 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 21, 2023 |
I would’ve liked either a book about Sankovitch’s sister or a book about her year long reading challenge. It didn’t work as both, for me.
 
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Lairien | 57 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 26, 2023 |
This is an excellent book that contextualizes the American Revolution as a community that was not single minded in achieving continued relationships with the British Empire. Both the groups, loyalists and liberty seekers, encouraged resolution for the betterment of their communities. War was not sought, but delivered. This work offers a deeper look at and explanation of commonalities, social needs, and events that lead to the American Revolution through the views of individuals from one village near Boston, Massachusetts, Braintree. Dependent on letters and diary entries, the author weaves together the ideas of the community members. and finds a central expectation of liberty. This desire for liberty was encouraged in the community by the ministry of Rev. Hancock, who exemplified these ideals thirty years prior to to the outset of revolution. So often works of history center on an individual, the war efforts, the policies in conflict, and the leaders. This book is not overtly descriptive of actions or lengthy details; the premise relies on the words of the individuals, historical details available today, and logic to craft a story to inform the present day on the day-to-day reasons for the American Revolution.… (lisätietoja)
 
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Sue_McFadden | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 18, 2023 |

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