Best Independence Day Reads
By Lisa Karon Richardson
It’s no secret that I’m an Anglophile and world travel calls my name in a siren song of allure. But, I’m also a true-blue, red-blooded American. I love America and make no apologies for my country. If a glimpse of the star spangled banner can make your heart beat just a little faster too, here’s a list of patriotic books perfect for reading on a hot July afternoon.
Cherry Ames: Army Nurse-This series was begun in 1943 at the height of WWII. Chock full of mysteries and adventures it is very similar to the Nancy Drew series, but with a heroine who is a little older.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane-A young man discovers fear and courage during the Civil War.
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy-A Russian submarine captain concocts a daring plan to defect to America with his ship.
John Adams by David McCullough-A moving history of America’s second president.
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes-A young silversmith is caught up in the excitement and danger of the Revolutionary War in Boston.
Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts-A recounting of the impact of notable women on the birth of our nation.
The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill-American and British pilots plot to escape from a German prisoner of war camp.
Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose-Recounts the 101st airborne’s quest to capture Hitler’ Eagle’s Nest.
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw-Tells the stories of individual men and women who stood up to Hitler and built a modern America.
Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin-A B-17 pilot and a young war widow find romance while the air war escalates around them.
What books do you think we should add to this list?
Happy Independence Day everyone!
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her first novella, Impressed by Love, part of the Colonial Courtships collection, is coming in October, 2012 followed shortly thereafter by The Magistrate’s Folly in November.