Monday, March 23, 2009

I can hear you saying, "John Adams I know but who is BJ Hoff?"

First, regarding the John Adams you know. John Adams was an American politician and the second President of the United States, after being the first Vice President for two terms. He is regarded as one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.

Now to BJ Hoff. BJ Hoff is a lovely lady and a wonderful writer. Because she is a writer of books and I love books, I read her blog, Grace Notes. I don't read it every day, but fairly often. Last June she had a post that caught my attention, called For Those Who Like American History --and Those Who Don't. She was writing about John Adams.

The huge book, John Adams has been resting on my bookshelf for a long time. I have many books to read and just can't seem to get around to reading John.

BJ found the book riveting and loved the HBO series based on the book that had been released on DVD. She praised the acting of Laura Linny as Abigail Adams, Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson. She was't too excited about Paul Giamatti as John Adams but learned to like him as the film progressed. The bottom line is--BJ recommends this book and HBO series to those who like American history and those who don't.

I have now watched the DVD and really liked it a lot! I highly recommend it!

In just a few days I will pull that big book off the shelf and dig in. I promise!

Anything that's good enough for BJ Hoff is good enough for me--and you.


Smilingsal said...

I knew who BJ Hoff was, but I did not know that she was "into" John Adams. Happy reading!

Ruthie said...

This has definitely perked my interest in John Adams. Will probably start with the DVD.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I just bought a B J Hoff book for my husband at the library sale. It was her new book based on the Amish. He is enjoying it so much and especially happy to find a "new" author to read.

I have John Adams on my bookshelf to read and the DVD is still on hold at the library. It has been on hold a LONG time.

nannykim said...

My youngest son loves history and he bought that dvd because he had watched sections of it on youtube. He loved, loved, loved, the movie. I watched a few sections but didn't have the time to watch it all, and he took it back to college with him!