Saturday, January 23, 2010

What Am I Reading for My 2010 New/Old Reading Challenge?

How are you doing with your New/Old Reading Challenge this year? I thought the least I could do is keep you updated on how I'm doing with my own challenge.

I recently finished reading my first new book of 2010: Missing, by Ronda Gibbs Hinrichsen. A review and author interview (and possibly a giveaway) will be following soon, so stay tuned! (My reading of Haunts Haven by Joan Sowards didn't quite count towards my challenge, as I began my reading of Joan's book in 2009.)

I will not be reviewing every book I read this year with you. This is not a full-time book review site, after all. But I will keep you posted on the titles and descriptions of the books I am reading as we go along.

Now that I've finished a "new" book for the year, I am reading an "old" book, i.e., a title that I've read before. The book I've chosen is called He Walked the Americas, by L. Taylor Hansen. This book was first published in 1963, but I read it in 1979 while still in college.  I hadn't thought about it in years, but discovered it still on my shelves when I went looking for an "old" book to read, so obviously I classed it as a "keeper".

Here's a description of He Walked the Americas, with a little bio of the author:

Almost two thousand years ago a mysterious white man walked from tribe to tribe among the American Nations. He came to Peru from the Pacific, He traveled through South and Central America, among the Mayans, into Mexico and all of North America, then back to ancient Tula, from where he departed across the Atlantic to the  land of his origin. Who was this white Prophet who spoke a thousand languages, healed the sick, raised the dead, and taught in the same words as Jesus Himself?

These are true Indian legends, gathered during twenty-five years of research by L. Taylor Hansen, archaeologist, from many different tribes all over the Americas. By consulting museums, libraries and experts on folk-lore, it has been possible to correlate the findings into this fascinating book, backed up by the spades of the diggers into ancient ruins, and by all the sciences with which L. Tayor Hansen is familiar.


L. Taylor Hansen, the author of this book, is the daughter of Professor Taylor, who was co-originator of the famous Taylor-Wegener Theory of Continental Drift, which is now universally accepted. She is also author of "The Ancient Atlantic", a scholarly history of that ocean and the peoples and lands around it. She holds her Masters Degree in Archaeology, Anthropology and Geology from Stanford University. She is an authority on the Indians of North and South America, having studied among them for thirty years; and is also an expert Egyptologist, having researched many years in North Africa.

So, what books have you read so far for our 2010 New/Old Reading Challenge? If you haven't joined our challenge but would like to, it's not too late. Click here and here for more information. And remember...there are prizes involved if you join us! :-)

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