As I taught Revolutionary history this past spring, it was hard not to be inspired by the struggles founding fathers went through in finding their way to the wording that now serves as the central spirit of American life:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Want to get in the spirit? This clip from the HBO series John Adams is one of my favorites in capturing the emotion of the era.
Wherever you are, here’s to enjoying your celebration of Independence Day. Here’s to kids splashing in the lake, to families getting together with those they’ve been apart from. My boys and I will begin our road trip this week to visit family in North Carolina and DC, and stay at my parents’ house in Connecticut, built only 5 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. And here’s to those who can’t be with their families, as they serve to protect freedom around the globe.
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As for this little celebration of Living With Books, I post this picture to encourage you to check out the website for Juniper Books. The curated book display creating the American flag was designed by Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books, and shared by Random House.
What is Juniper Books? Fantasy job for all of us who love living with books: Thatcher has achieved some fame, curating custom book collections for individuals, designers, architects and hotels. He is particularly known for designing book jackets to create monochromatic displays or a thematic mural across spines of a collection. Sweet.
Read more about Thatcher’s work in this profile in the Financial Times, “Spine Tingling.”
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What about the fireworks? Check out this great essay by my writing friend Kasie Whitener on shopping for fireworks, “Light Me Up, My Dear.”
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For prior editions of Living With Books:
- Living With Books 04: Books and Fashion
- Living With Books 07: Reading Nooks for Children
- The first LWB, taking inspiration from my parents’ house, where my boys and I will be: Living With Books
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