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Welcome to my weekly update for February 13, 2022!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Or, if I have any fellow fans of What We Do in the Shadows out there, Happy Superb Owl Sunday! I’m honestly just here for the food but my husband will be watching and vaguely rooting for the Bengals.
I spent a bit of time on Wednesday updating the cover and my mentions of the book George by Alex Gino after Helen at Helen’s Book Blog very kindly pointed out that the publisher and author have officially changed the name. They’re now being publishing it as Melissa. To quote an article from Publisher’s Weekly, “Melissa is the name the character chose for herself at the end of her journey. [Gino] hadn’t intended to imply that a trans person should be called by their former name when they’ve chosen another one.” I remember briefly wondering why the book was entitled George when I read it, so I’m happy to reflect the change here.
I’m a big National Park geek and have a big, fancy National Park Passport book. I love to collect stamps and stickers for it. We were finally warm enough (and actually in Charleston) this weekend to head out to Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. We’ve visited the more (in)famous Fort Sumter before (It’s where South Carolina secessionists fired the first shots of our Civil War). We happened to visit just as a Park volunteer was starting a tour so we jumped on that and learned a lot.
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- Overlooking Fort Moultrie with Fort Sumter on the low island in the left of the frame. The US was using this version of the flag when the current fort was built. It has 15 stars and 15 stripes. The original plan was to add a star and a stripe for every state that entered the Union. Congress eventually decided to cap it at 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies.
- The fort was built with the labor of enslaved people “borrowed” from neighboring landowners. The visitor center has a powerful display about the slave trade.
- The fort is named after William Moultrie, who was in command of the first fort to be located here during the Revolutionary War. He and his men prevented the British from occupying Charleston. His burial site was lost for over 100 years but eventually found and he was re-interred with military honors at the fort. This is the version of South Carolina’s flag that was in use during his time. It now has a palmetto tree in addition to the crescent moon.
- Osceola (as we spell it now) was a Seminole leader who was a key figure in the Second Seminole War. He was captured near St. Augustine, Florida when he tried to parley with a general there. They moved him to Charleston, where he coincidentally died a few months later of a tonsillar abscess.
Hello, Star by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic, illustrated by Vashti Harrison: Book Review
Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults) by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein: Book Review
Nothing this week, although I am thiiiiis close to finishing my Humboldt book (below).
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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack #12) by L. A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
My library briefly offered the digital version of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, to everyone at once in honor of Black History Month so I downloaded it. I honestly don’t know how far I’ll get before I have to return it since it’s taking me so long to finish my other books. At least it’s an anthology and should be easy to pick up again if I have to return it before I finish.
What did your week look like?