Mailbox Monday

I love history and I scored two upcoming historical books in my mailbox this Monday.

Here is the description from Amazon:
“From baby boomers with ‘groovy’ and ‘yuppie,’ to Generation X with ‘whatever’ and ‘like,’ each generation inevitably comes to use certain words that are particular to its unique time in history. Those words not only tell us a great deal about the people in those generations, but highlight their differences with other generations.

In this entertaining compilation, Allan Metcalf, author of OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word, shows that each generation–those born within the same roughly 20-year time period–can be identified and characterized by its key words. Metcalf tells the story of the history and usage of these words, starting with the American Revolution and ending with the post-Millennial Homeland generation. With special attention to the differences in vocabulary among today’s generations–the sometimes awkward Millennials, the grunge music of Generation X, hippies among the Boomers, and bobbysoxers among the Silents–From Skeddadle to Selfie compiles dozens of words we thought we knew, and tells the unheard stories of each and how they accompanied its generation through its time.”

Here is the description from Amazon:
“Despite dire predictions in the late twentieth century that public libraries would not survive the turn of the millennium, those libraries continue to thrive. Two of three Americans frequent a public library at least once a year, and nearly that many are registered borrowers. Although library authorities have argued that the public library functions primarily as a civic institution necessary for maintaining democracy, generations of library patrons tell a different story.

In Part of Our Lives, Wayne A. Wiegand delves into the heart of why Americans love their libraries. The book traces the history of the public library, featuring records and testimonies from as early as 1850. Rather than analyzing the words of library founders and managers, Wiegand listens to the voices of everyday patrons who cherished libraries. Drawing on newspaper articles, memoirs, and biographies, Part of Our Lives paints a clear and engaging picture of Americans who value libraries not only as civic institutions, but also as social spaces for promoting and maintaining community.”

Disclosure: I received copies of From Skedaddle to Selfie and Part or Our Lives from NetGalley. This post contains affiliate links.

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5 Responses to Mailbox Monday

  1. Elizabeth,

    Thank you for the nice welcome and kind words:)

  2. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews) says:

    Both books look quite interesting. I don’t know either of the titles, but I hope you enjoy them.

    Welcome to Mailbox Monday. Nice blog. Love your header.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  3. Serena says:

    This is new to me.

  4. Shoshanah says:

    I love the cover and title of From Skedaddle to Selfie, but the actual summary makes it out to be even better. Definitely an intriguing find. Happy reading!

    • I’m always interested in 1920s language and it will be fun to read a story of slang from the American Revolution to today. Thanks for stopping by!