Philip Levy, an archaeologist and associate professor of history at the University of South Florida, led an excavation team on Ferry Farm, near Fredericksburg, Va., last month. The team unearthed artifacts that confirm it is the site of George Washington's boyhood home. What is on your nightstand?
I just finished Realistic Visionary: A Portrait of George Washington, by Peter R. Henriques. It's a series of vignettes, only 200 pages, and very enjoyable to read. And for my own pleasure, I'm reading Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth. It's about the 18th century slave trade.
Can you explain how such a topic would be pleasure reading?
It's a great novel that won the Booker Prize, but it was shared that year by The English Patient. I believe it was overshadowed by that book. I recommend it as great reading on family kinship and maritime history.
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