Literary GenTraveling


Hello GenTravelers!

In previous posts (for instance THIS post) I’ve mentioned that when I can’t be off GenTraveling, I like to read and escape on literary travels – especially if they are historical or genealogy-themed stories. I was NOT expecting my book club’s pick this month to be anything of the sort (just look at the cover – it does not scream ‘historical’, right???)!  :o)  But I was pleasantly surprised that a major part of the book was about Ellis Island. Just as GenTraveling gives me a greater sense of where and how my ancestors lived, this book gave me a better sense of how it would be to immigrate to the U.S. in the early 1900’s.  The author, Susan Meissner, was an award-winning journalist before switching to novel writing and you can tell she had done her historical research.

The book’s story-line jumps from the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire to the 10-year anniversary of the tragic 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack.  I enjoyed this particular literary escape quite a bit.  Let me know if any of you have read it.  AND, as always, please send any book recommendations my way! Have a great day.

GenTraveling (through books?)


Although I WISH I could GenTravel continuously, sometimes I have to stay home and do other things.  Actually that’s fine.  I have tons of hobbies to keep me busy – probably too many.  Besides genealogy I love to ride my bike, play racquetball, do a bit of crafting,  take and edit photographs, play the piano, blog and especially READ!

I just finished reading Brady Heineman’s book Whispers in the Branches.  It had a heavy genealogy theme which is why I picked it up in the first place.  If any of you have read this book,  you’ll understand why I had to smile when I read The Hungry Genealogist’s blog today!  It’s because the main character of the book GenTravels to Georgia – to the town where her father’s family has lived for generations and there are a few humorous references to sweet tea.  I guess it’s a Southern ‘thing’.

I always enjoy books with a genealogy aspect. PLEASE, please, please send any such book recommendations my way!!!  And when I read any, I’ll try to remember to blog about them. It’s one way I like to GenTravel (by proxy of an imaginary fictional character) to different parts of the world. If the book prepares me for real-life travel to that location – even better!