"Undaunted Courage," by Stephen Ambrose, I just finished...

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March 16, 1997

"Undaunted Courage," by Stephen Ambrose, I just finished it last night. It's beautifully done. It has a phenomenal amount of detail, so it makes the exploration of Meriwether Lewis much more memorable than, say, high school history lessons. Ambrose really brings Lewis alive.

I really loved George Eliot's "Adam Bede." It's a novel of England in the 19th century. Her characterization is fantastic. By the end of the book you really feel like you know them,

Also "Strange Fruit," by Lillian Smith. It's a book published in the Forties about race relations in the South. I found it really interesting, especially when looking back on all the progress that's been made. It can be a fairly harsh book - it doesn't paint a pretty picture.

- Robert Vaughn, the president of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the organization producing Virginia's Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Va., March 20 through March 23.

Pub Date: 3/16/97

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