ANTHEM is coming: chapter 4

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ANTHEM, Book 3 of the Sixties Trilogy, publishes on October 1. Each of the book's 47 chapters begins with a song from the Sixties to set the tone, mood, and scene. Every day between now and October 1, come have a listen and read a snippet from each chapter.

This is Chapter 4 (day 44):

"Bad Moon Rising"
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Recorded at Wally Heider/Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 1969
Drummer: Doug Clifford

"Molly throws her tote bag into the booth and flounces onto the seat after it. Her ponytail swishes wildly left, then right, as she faces off with me at Shakey's Pizza on Highway 17. She's wearing a yellow and orange paisley skirt, a solid orange top, and a whole lot of rage."

(Which we always heard "There's a bathroom on the right." :>)

Chapter 4: Negotiations begin. Or not.


  1. I have to tell you I loved the idea of including so many snippets of history in the two other books in this series. I thought that was so innovative. However, the idea of the songs is so forward thinking. The children of the future will be reading books digitally and interacting with them. You are seeing the future before the rest of the world is. We are so behind in thinking of the future. I love history and my home shows my love of holding on to treasures, but the world is ever changing and I think you are paving the way for future authors. Love this idea and of course the music is taking me back.

    1. Hi, Sandy. This is so lovely to hear. Thank you! There are playlists for COUNTDOWN and REVOLUTION as well (you can find them at my Pinterest page, and eventually we'll have Spotify playlists for them as well), but you are right, music is front-and-center in ANTHEM. For one thing, we finally HAVE music -- rock and roll, anyway. It was scarce for 1962 and 1964. Also, in ANTHEM, Norman is a budding drummer and he and Molly make stops at music studios along the way on their trip... so this was a way for me to highlight the music as well. Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I have long wanted to include music for auditory learners, just as the scrapbooks provided context and a place to engage for visual learners. Something like that. It's how we live, isn't it? All the messy glory, all together. Happy reading!


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