Constitution Day? You mean Constitution Weekend!

We’re kicking off our weekend with a celebration of Constitution Day! Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Get your Constitution Day celebration started with a traditional Constitution Day treat: nothing says USian like a traditional dish of apple pie with a slice of American cheese top. Or perhaps a deliciously American hamburger? A Sam Adams brew? I myself will be celebrating with a Jones soda and a vegan burrito, but you know, to each their own.

We also have some great reads to take you from Constitution Day through the weekend:

This collection of essays, from some of today’s premier historians of Adams and Jefferson, celebrates these two founding fathers and the importance of books and libraries in America. For more on this book, click here.

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This superb collection of writing and letters explores the personal side of John Adams, offering firsthand accounts and analysis of the events of his era as well as insight into the man behind the public face. For more on this book, click here.

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Focusing on the personal side of Jefferson, this wonderful collection explores his ideas and legacy through his letters and writings. With subjects ranging from his views on exploration, freedom, and democracy to ruminations on friends, family, books, and gardening,Thomas Jefferson: In His Own Words offers fascinating insight into one of our nation’s founders. For more information on this book, click here.

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Friday Link Love

It’s a beautiful sunny Friday here in Colorado. Today’s link roundup includes a delicious recipe from a modern homesteader and some food for thought as well.

Have you checked out the Tattered Cover’s events lineup this month? I’m already geeking out over George R. R. Martin coming to town, and I still have three weeks to go.

When I lived in Boston, I loved Porter Square Books. They have a great post about supporting your local indie. Despite the fact that I work in publishing, it took the closing of one of my all-time favorite bookstores, The Curious George Bookstore in Harvard Square, for me to wake up to the plight of bookstores. A little more than two months ago, I resolved to never again buy books from Amazon. There was a little sticker shock at first as I adjusted to buying graphic novels at list price, but it was the right choice for me—to spend a little more money to invest in my community and in the future of books.

Do you follow Modern Homestead author Renee Wilkinson’s blog, Hip Chick Digs? This week, she posted this recipe for strawberry lemon marmalade, and I can’t wait to try it out this weekend. Yum.

Native Appropriations was on Al Jazeera! They even aired the “Don’t Tread on My Culture” video made in response to Operation code name Geronimo. Check out the video for a great dialogue on postcolonial appropriation of Native and indigenous culture:

Speaking of opening dialogues on race and the history of white supremacy in the US, Indian Voices author Alison Owing’s post on three of Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence set the Twitterverse a-tweeting over the holiday weekend. It’s worth a look.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy reading!