Re: NEW Non-Fiction Book Selection Process - Please Participate!
I would also be interested in discussing the Salem Witch Trials
, because from what I have read about them, they were completely bogus and many innocent women were killed for no good reason. Of course this is true, but I do often wonder about the details of the trials and the executions, but I will admit from the get-go that it may be a touchy subject for me, as I have been "persecuted" by my peers in the same way that the young women of Salem were, and if I had lived in any period before 1800, I would have been burned, hanged, drowned, stoned, or pressed to death as a witch, simply because I am a strong-willed woman who knows how to read, enjoys reading, and isn't afraid to speak my mind. I am not suggesting I will "go in fighting," but I do know that I will react emotionally to the subject, and it is only fair to let possible future discussion partners know this.
I will also be honest and admit that I don't particularly like non-fiction, which is why I kind of backed out of the last discussion even though I voted, but if it is on a topic I am interested in I will be much more willing to give it a go.
On a related discussion topic, I would be VERY interested to read and discuss any kind of history of Joan of Arc
, provided it was given from a historical viewpoint and not from a Christian/religious view. I have a copy of the actual written trials (which were altered very much against her and aren't an accurate portrayal of what happened), and would be very excited to read those and bring that to any book that we discuss about her. Although I am in no way religious, I consider Joan of Arc to be one of my personal heroes, because for one, she did what she knew needed to be done, regardless of what people called her or said to her, she gained the trust and companionship of the soldiers she led, even those who hated her or were skeptical of her ideas simply because she was a woman, and the story of her betrayal by King Charles of France (whom she helped put on the throne) is a touching and incredible story, and has been made into many amazing movies (my favorite is Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
). She was also most likely schizophrenic, and it would also be very interesting to read her story from a psychiatric perspective, looking into her visions and her actions based on a possible psychotic diagnosis. Anything about her fascinates me, and I think, especially with Stahrwe's participation, it would be a lively and active discussion.
On another note of personal heroes, I would also be interested in reading about the history of Miep Gies
, who died this year, who was one of the closest friends to the Frank family and did everything she could, including being sent to a labor camp, to keep the Franks hidden for as long as she possibly could. I would be interested in reading her story or stories of people like her in general, who hid Jews at the expense of their own lives and family, who were more humane and kind and human than anyone else I could ever think of. Being Jewish and having relatives who survived prison camps and a personal fear of the Holocaust, I would be emotionally involved and very sensitive to this topic, but I think it is necessary to discuss it, and think about who would do that for US/YOU if it happened again or to different people, and how many of us now would stand by and watch it happen, as so many Germans did, or do what Miep Gies and others like her did and risk their lives to save others.
If I think of any more topics I will be back to post them here, but these are the few I thought of just off the top of my head and based on Stahrwe's proposal. I promise that if a topic I suggest or support is chosen, I will most definitely do everything I can to participate in the discussion, and not disappear as I did with the last non-fiction discussion. I am very, terrible sorry about that. If my topic/any topic I support gets chosen, I will participate.
I'm looking forward to seeing other ideas.