Huckberry Book Club: Fourth of July

Three staff-recommended books, plus one documentary, to celebrate the USA this Fourth of July
July 3, 2019Words by Huckberry Staff

Welcome to the Huckberry Book Club—Fourth of July edition. To celebrate our patriotism, we asked around the office for some uniquely American stories and came up with a few great books and one documentary that make us proud to be in the US of A. Read along with us and let us know what you think in the comments below. 

Made in America: The Informal History of Language in the United States by Bill Bryson

Made in America by Bill Bryson

“Bill Bryson is required reading—full stop. He’s best known for some of his other books, but Made in America is a choice deep cut from his expansive range of travel and science writing. Nothing less than a love letter to American English, it’s chock-full of the reasons we say things the way we do, explorations of the quirks that make English English, and the downright idiosyncrasies that make American English a thing all its own.”

—Joseph, Meehan, Copywriter

Buy: Made in America

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

“I have devoured almost every book Krakauer has written after being introduced to Into the Wild in high school, but this one in particular really sticks with me. This book explores the life of Pat Tillman, a football star, fellow Arizona State alum, and national hero, who was killed by friendly fire after quitting the NFL to serve in the army post 9/11. Krakauer’s storytelling illustrates the full complexities of Tillman’s life while providing poignant insight into his death, and leaves you with a meaningful depiction of a truly unique American hero.”

Trish Hood, Customer Experience Associate

Buy: Where Men Win Glory

Summerland by Michael Chabon 

Summerland by Michael Chabon

“Equal parts coming-of-age tale, mythological quest, and Tolkien-esque fantasy, Summerland is a lighthearted romp through a parallel universe where baseball rules all (I mean, what could be more American?). Throw in a flying orange Saab and a Sasquatch named Taffy and you’ve got yourself something like the book version of a Pixar movie that’ll go down just as easy after a few too many beers in the backyard hammock.”

Evan Williams, Head of Content Marketing

Buy: Summerland

Bonus Documentary: Apollo 11

Apollo 11

“I know I'm coloring a little outside of the lines with this recommendation, but I can't recommend the new documentary ‘Apollo 11’ enough. The film was pieced together using freshly unearthed footage of the 1969 lunar mission, and was shot on gorgeous 70mm film that is so vivid it feels like you’ve opened a time capsule. I’m a space junkie, so I’ve seen most of the movies and documentaries on Apollo 11, but this one offered a whole new perspective on one of the greatest achievements in human history.”

— Andy Forch, Co-founder

Buy: Apollo 11

Any good ones we missed? Comment below with your favorite uniquely American picks. 

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