I vote for “A People’s History of the United States”

Infinite Winter: if this is a thing we do from now on (and I hope it is), then let me offer up some rules for how we do this.

  1. There is only one official book for Infinite Winter.  (Read whatever you want at the same time, but only one book is official.)
  2. The book has got to be long.  It’s got to have the page length to sustain a sustained reading effort.
  3. The book has to be notable.  It’s got to be famous, infamous, banned, have a reputation for being challenging, whatever.
  4. Whoever proposes the book that’s picked is responsible for building a reading schedule for that book.
  5. The reading schedule starts on the first day of winter and ends on the last day of winter.
  6. The reading schedule doesn’t require more than 70 pages of reading a week.

These are just a few quick things that popped into my head.  How do they sound?  I guess my idea here is that I want to have one book to carry with me everywhere I go for a winter that comes to symbolize that winter.  I don’t want this to be a reading course where I zoom through a bunch of similarly themed books over three months; I already do that for school.  No, I just want one book to carry around like a security blanket while I wait for the sun to return on the equinox.

Okay, that aside, Canelli has suggested many great books.  Some I’ve never heard about but am now interested in reading, like James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.  Others I know about, like J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, but lack enthusiasm for.  There is that one book, though, A People’s History of the United States.  I haven’t read it (obviously), but over the years lots of people have told me I should.  I mean, it’s on my birdland syllabus.  So why not read it now?  It’s a notable book.  It’s almost 800 pages long.  Let’s do this!  Canelli, put together a reading schedule!







  1. amandaburnhamrfp

    I’ve read most of the books on Canelli’s list. People’s History is great. I’d be psyched for the Baldwin, too, as I haven’t read it.

  2. Luigus

    People’s History it is!

    1. Luigus

      I’ll have a reading schedule prepared by early next week.


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