I'm still fresh off the boat as far as the forum is concerned, so I don't know if this has been discussed or not. Anyway, a lot of people are familiar with Ernie Pyle's war reporting. What is less well known is the writing he did for the Scripps-Howard newspaper syndicate in the years prior to WWII. In about 1934, he was working for the Washington Star. He made a deal with his editor to go out on the road at the paper's expense. He was on the road for seven years. The deal was he had to submit 6 1,000 word columns every week. The result was a huge number of slice-of-life type essays that are absolutely wonderful. I have three books that are collections of these columns. Home Country was released in 1947, two years after Pyle's Death. Ernie's America was published about fifteen years ago. The third volume I have a third, rather thin, book called Ernie Pyle's Southwest. It duplicates some essays from the other books but it's still worth having. Anyway, I suspect a lot of people here would find these appealing. Pyle wrote about ordinary people doing ordinary things and the result is a sort of window on the times. Also, it comes in small, easily digestible chunks making these books perfect for dipping into without feeling like you're embarking on a major project. They are readily available on ebay or the usual used book sites. Highly recommended!