Monday Reads

Rainy Day out there… Winter is a-comin’ I know no one else wants to say it -but, come tomorrow: when °39 is going to be your high temp? Brr!

Anyway – here’s a few lingering book-bytes of note, trickling in from over the weekend:

Many were dismayed over news of decorated/accomplished former Commander of the U.S. Central Command General David Petraeus’ resignation as C.I.A. Director self-citing an extramarital affair ~ L.A. Times’ Book site dovetailed the headline grabbing event into reviews for a recently published extensive study written by military beat reporter Thomas E. Ricks: Army leaders are reviewed in ‘The Generals’



With the Presidential Election behind us – everyone’s asking “What’s next?” -regarding a range of policies – both foreign and domestic. NPR’s Weekend Edition interviewed author Gregory Johnsen about his new book: The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia… and explores the issue: “…The war in Iraq is officially over. The war in Afghanistan is winding down. But that doesn’t mean President Obama is set to become a peacetime president in his second term… ~ Johnsen, having worked in Yemen, elucidates the issue of Drone strikes.


Here’s a new Library Advocacy Campaign to prop – (in the spirit of FPL’s most recent run of Geeking The Library) – IndieReader drew attention to Fill The Shelves -a non-profit organization aiming to do just as its name implies – specifically for School Libraries! – Easy/intuitive “Wish Lists” are set up through Amazon for the preferences of big-hearted philanthropists who spot specific titles they deem worthy of facilitating the dreams (and expanding the minds) of school-aged readers.

BTW~~ Here’s the Latest Geek the Library Case Study

P.S. – Did you know that sixty percent of Americans under the age of 30 visited the library in the past year? has links to a recent Pew Research Center’s recent report on reading-and-Library habits.


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham LincolnAnyhow… Holiday movie season is upon us (whether we’re ready or not…) And it starts with Lincoln – Steven Spielberg’s filmic realization (in a sense) of Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals. Regarding said-film: I’d highly recommend this article by Roy Blount Jr. from Smithsonian. 

But where was I? Oh, a quick Lincoln-related note, -the HuffPo has the latest  on yet-the-latest Lincoln book: — “Lincoln’s Battle with God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What it Meant for America” (Thomas Nelson), by Stephen Mansfield

But while you’re perusing the literary-fare at the movies this season – you’ll inevitably come across what must be the 20-some-odd re-adaptation / re-imagining of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina -staring Pirates of the Carribean’s Keira Knightly in the title role. She spoke with HuffPo’s book site recently on what moved her to take on this project: “I want to see women who are complex and strange and people who I can relate to and be terrified of and want to be and all the rest of it. So, I guess, as an actor, that’s what I’m looking for…” Karenina, for her, fit that bill.

Thoughts? That’s one of those immortal / iconic classics that seem to be revered or sorta-shurgged off by contemporary audiences. Darlene and I tried to read it a little while ago but didn’t even make it to the halfway point… Ah well.

Oh…and Philip Roth is DONE. 

Until next time~ ~thanks for reading.

Any local bakers dropping off goodies to sell can stop by the Circulation Desk in the afternoon -this Friday.

And then come buy (and quickly enjoy/devour) said-delicious treats …


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