Friday, January 14, 2011

About Books, January 15, 2011

William W. Starr takes readers on a romp around Scotland in Whiskey, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson. Although he reverses the direction taken by Boswell and Johnson and detours to places they didn't go, you'll learn a lot about them and about current Scotland. The book is perfect for someone who has been there and wants to remember or for the person going there who wants an overview. It's funny and fulfilling.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

About Books, January 6, 2011

J. Harley McIlrath is a native Iowan, a bookstore manager and a writer. Possum Trot is his book of short stories published by Ice Cube Books. I loved each one. They evoke an earlier time, are about love, familes and farm life. You'll find tears and smiles in the McIlrath's work.

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Friday, December 31, 2010

About Books, January 1, 2010

Keith Jeffrey, a professor of Bristish History at Queen's University in Belfast, was commissioned by the Secret Intelligence Service to write its history. The result is The Secret History of MI6, 1909-1949. The SIS's purpose was to increase public understanding without endangering national security. Therefore, although he had complete access to the archives, Jeffrey had to agree to a few restrictions (not revealing agent's names, for example). The book is a treasure to anyone interested in how clandestine services work and their effect on history.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

About Books, December 18, 2010

Tim Slover believes in Christmas and his book, "The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus," may just have you believing too. It's a delightful story that begins when Klaus is a young man in the Black Forest in 1343. You'll learn about his first delivery of presents to children. You'll learn about his laugh, his red suit, the reindeer and how he can deliver around the world in one night. It's a fascinating story, one you may want to read as a family each year.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

About Books, December 11, 2010

Ammon Shea explores the history of the telephone and the telephone book in The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads. In it you'll learn about the first telephone company in New Haven that had their switchboard in someone's kitchen as well the development of telephone etiquette, early numberless phone books, telephone operators and the yellow pages.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

About Books, December 4, 2010

Geoffrey O'Brien, editor in chief of the Library of America, wrote "The Fall of the House of Walworth: a Tale of Madness and Murder in Gilded Age America" after visiting an exhibit about the Walworth family in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The book begins with the murder of the novelist Mansfield Walworth by his son Frank. This crime leads the author in an exploration of generations of the Walworth family and their fall from prominence.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

About Books, November 27, 2010

Gary Stuart is the author of Innocent Until Interrogated: The True Story of the Buddist Temple Massacre and the Tucson Four. This is an eye-opening book revealing how police interrogations can lead to false confessions...even false confessions of murder. Stuart is an attorney and this University of Arizona Press book shows how sloppy police work and severe interrogations can undermine justice.

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