Staff Pick—John—ON HALLOWED GROUND: THE HISTORY OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, by Robert M. Poole, DB 71779

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer.  Filled with picnics, pool parties, and parades, it’s a time of laughter and leisure.  And yet . . .

Memorial Day is also a time for honoring and remembering those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.  Perhaps the most compelling Memorial Day observance is held at Arlington National Cemetery.  As Robert M. Poole notes in ON HALLOWED GROUND: THE HISTORY OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, “few images linger in the national imagination as vividly as this hallowed ground.”

The former executive editor of National Geographic, Poole explores the history and “age-old rituals” that make Arlington National Cemetery sacred, tracing its transformation from the plantation of a young U.S. Army Colonel named Robert E. Lee to national shrine. We travel from the Civil War’s “stench of death” and the horrific trenches of “The War to End All Wars,” through the “nastiest little war” in Korea and the shock of 9/11.  Poole shows how and why “no other nation goes to the effort that the United States does to recover and pay respects to its war dead.”

Poole enlivens our walk through Arlington’s haunting landscape with rich kernels of military history.  He relates the origins of the soldier’s lullaby we know as “Taps,” unearths the evolution of “dog tags,” and reveals the role Arlington National Cemetery played in the construction of that oddball shaped, five-sided building next door.

We meet heroic citizen-soldiers like sharecropper’s son Audie Murphy, whose standard issue tombstone is too small to list all of his 28 decorations.  Pennsylvania pig farmer Alton W. Knappenberger, who was “scared the whole time I was over there,” but risked “his life above and beyond the call of duty” at Anzio.  We follow the ill-fated odyssey of Michael Blassie, the Unknown of the Vietnam War.  And we keep vigil with the sentinels who guard the soldiers, “known but to God,” who rest at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

We also revisit that bleak weekend in November 1963 when we mourned President Kennedy.  Poole describes behind-the-scenes preparations for the President’s funeral, including the frantic, last-minute quest for an “eternal flame,” and the antics of Black Jack, the riderless horse who captivated a nation and bedeviled its handler.  President Kennedy’s burial forever changed Arlington National Cemetery.

Remember the reason for the season.  Make Memorial Day more than a three-day weekend!  Pay homage to those who gave their lives while serving our country by visiting ON HALLOWED GROUND: THE HISTORY OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.

Cover of On Hallowed Ground by Robert M. Poole

NLS Annotation: Describes how the former plantation of Robert E. Lee’s family, which was confiscated during the Civil War, evolved into a national cemetery for veterans. Explains day-to-day operations and ceremonies. 2009.

For more about Arlington National Cemetery and “the saddest acre in America,” read Poole’s, SECTION 60: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY: WHERE WAR COMES HOME, DB 80705.

Meet author Richard M. Poole in this 2009 “Talk of the Nation” interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120318330

Happy Thanksgiving

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau

For many, Thanksgiving is a time to relish foods steeped in tradition and to reminisce as well as a time to give thanks. If you find reading about gratitude inspiring, you might enjoy the following titles.

Title: FOCUS ON THE GOOD STUFF: THE POWER OF APPRECIATION
Author: ROBBINS, MIKE, 1974-                             Original Date: 2007
Robbins, a motivational speaker and a former professional baseball player, offers strategies for overcoming negative influences to improve relationships, find success and fulfillment, and experience an overall gratitude for life. Discusses five principles of appreciation, the power of positive thinking, and the importance of acknowledging others. Includes exercises. 2007.
BR   17671    DB   66114   DX   66114

Title: GRATITUDE DIARIES: HOW A YEAR LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
Author: KAPLAN, JANICE                                   Original Date: 2015
Kaplan chronicles a year in which she vows to live gratefully. Researching positive thinking, and promising herself to focus on the good things in her life, the author discovers the importance of attitude. She believes gratitude can transform every aspect of your life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.    2015.
DB   82454

Title: GRATITUDE
Author: SACKS, OLIVER, 1933-2015                         Original Date: 2015
Collection of four essays from the author of On the Move (DB 81374), written after he was given a terminal cancer diagnosis and reflecting on the things and experiences in his life for which he was grateful. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2015.
DB   83149

Title: UNCOMMON GRATITUDE: ALLELUIA FOR ALL THAT IS
Author: CHITTISTER, JOAN                                 Original Date: 2010
Chittister, a Benedictine nun, and Williams, former archbishop of Canterbury, present ways to find gratitude in a variety of circumstances, many of which may cause pain and suffering. Topics addressed are separated into the broad areas of “Discovering What We  Are,” “Becoming Who We Are,” and “Growing into the Unknown.” 2010.
DB   84571

Title: CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS; 101 STORIES OF GRATITUDE, FORTITUDE, AND SILVER LININGS
Author: CANFIELD, JACK                                                Original Date: 2009
Inspirational accounts of overcoming adversity. Includes expressing gratitude, maintaining a positive attitude, and being grateful despite economic hardship, illness, and other misfortunes. Commercial         audiobook. 2009.
DB   75411

Thirteen Classic Tales of Terror

Looking for something scary to read this Halloween? Check out this list of classic horror stories to find something to make your heart race and your spine tingle.

Title: AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER NOVELS
Author: LOVECRAFT, H.P. (HOWARD PHILLIPS)
DB 62005

Title: DRACULA
Author: STOKER, BRAM
DB 31689

Title: EXORCIST
Author: BLATTY, WILLIAM PETER
BR 02230; BR 11946; DB 12688

Title: FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS
Author: SHELLEY, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, 1797-1851
DB 25835; LB 03683; LB 06283

Title: HELL HOUSE
Author: MATHESON, RICHARD, 1926-
BR 18208; DB 68106

Title: INVISIBLE MAN
Author: WELLS, H.G. (HERBERT GEORGE), 1866-1946
DB 09593 (BARD); DB 47064; LB 05997

Title: MONKEY’S PAW AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERY AND THE MACABRE
Author: JACOBS, W.W. (WILLIAM WYMARK), 1863-1943
DB 46641

Title: ROSEMARY’S BABY
Author: LEVIN, IRA
BR 00521; DB 61169; DB 17695 (BARD)

Title: SHINING
Author: KING, STEPHEN, 1947-
BR 13271; DB 51373; DB 10563 (BARD)

Title: SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Author: HARRIS, THOMAS, 1940-
BR 13149; DB 27020

Title: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Author: BRADBURY, RAY, 1920-2012
BR 12583; DB 50233; DB 09245 (BARD)

Title: TALES OF HORROR AND SUSPENSE
Author: POE, EDGAR ALLAN, 1809-1849
BR 18491; DB 69542

Title: TURN OF THE SCREW
Author: JAMES, HENRY, 1843-1916
BR 06763; DB 18129; LB 00333

In Honor of Native American Day 2016

Native American Day is a Federal holiday observed on the fourth Friday in September ( September 23, 2016) in the state of California and on the second Monday in October (October 10, 2016) in South Dakota, United States.

It is a day dedicated to honoring and celebrating Native Americans, the Native American culture and the contributions that Native Americans have made in the past and continue to make. Here are some great books to read in honor of Native American Day.

Title: NATIVE AMERICAN LIBRARY: APACHE HISTORY AND CULTURE, CHEYENNE HISTORY AND CULTURE, MOHAWK HISTORY AND CULTURE, NAVAJO HISTORY AND CULTURE, NEZ PERCE HISTORY AND CULTURE, SIOUX HISTORY AND CULTURE
Author: DWYER, HELEN, 2012
DB 75654
Annotation: Six books in a series. Overview of the Apache, Cheyenne, Mohawk,   Navajo, Nez Perce, and Sioux tribes. Covers their successes and  struggles in the past and present. Includes timelines, glossaries, and resources. For grades 4-7 and older readers.

Title: BUILDINGS, CLOTHING, AND ART: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
DB 71158
Annotation: Discusses the influences of climate and local materials on American Indian houses, clothes, and artwork. Covers igloos, wigwams, and adobe pueblos; tanned hide moccasins, fur-lined parkas, and woven cloth; and decorations, wall paintings, and sculpture. For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: FOOD, FARMING, AND HUNTING: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
BR 16678, DB 71159
Explains geographic variations on hunting and fishing techniques and weapons; on gathering fruits and nuts; and on domesticating plants such as corn, chilies, potatoes, cotton, tobacco, peanuts, and     tomatoes–crops now raised throughout the world. For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
BR 16453, DB 71161
Annotation: Explains that American Indian knowledge of natural processes led to inventing tools and ways to adapt the environment to their needs. Inventions included spear points, tobacco pipes, musical instruments, copper smithery, rubber, the base-twenty math system, and calendars.  For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: MEDICINE AND HEALTH: AMERICAN INDIAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD
Author: KEOKE, EMORY DEAN, 2005
BR 16237, DB 71160
Annotation: Topics include personal hygiene, medicinal plants, food values,   surgery, wound treatment, dentistry, and the mind/body connection as  evidenced throughout the Americas before Columbus. For grades 5-8 and older readers.

Title: COMANCHE CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II (DX   59031)
Author: MEADOWS, WILLIAM C., 2003
Annotation: Chronicle of the Comanche Code Talkers’ European military service.   Follows the group through recruitment, training, active duty, and  postwar lives. Compares it with such other code-talking programs as those of the Navajo in WWII and the Oklahoma Choctaw in WWI. Discusses  cultural factors and American military attitudes.

 

This Halloween, get your monster on!

Do you adore scary stories? Are you addicted to Horror novels or alien-monster films? Do your friends look at you sideways when they catch you reading yet another paperback that features a serial killer or a case of demonic possession?
Actually, your spooky predilection is mostly normal. Mostly. The magazine Psychology Today once asked Horror film director Clive Barker why people love to get scared. His answer: “It empowers them… One of the ways you take hold of the things that frighten you is to grasp the nettle very tightly, so it doesn’t sting.” That explains a lot.
So; now you have Clive Barker’s blessing to read scary things to your cob-webby heart’s content. And while you’re at it, find out more about why you love dark tales so much. Spend this Halloween reading some of the following titles.

  • ON MONSTERS: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY OF OUR WORST FEARS by Stephen Asma.  DB 72161 / BR 19224.
  • MEDUSA’S GAZE AND VAMPIRE’S BITE: THE SCIENCE OF MONSTERS by Matt Kaplan.  DB 75865.
  • POE’S CHILDREN: THE NEW HORROR, AN ANTHOLOGY.  DB 68446.
  • BIG BOOK OF GHOST STORIES. DB 76004.
  • MONSTER’S CORNER: STORIES THROUGH INHUMAN EYES. DB 75497.

Listen to the William B. Travis Letter

On Friday, February 22, the famous letter written by William Travis during the battle of the Alamo was returned to the place where it was written for the first time.  Travis’ appeal for more troops will be on display at the Alamo February 23rd – March 7th  to celebrate the 177th anniversary of the siege and battle.  

You can listen to the Travis Letter read by Governor Rick Perry as part of our Voices of Texas History project. Go to http://www.tsl.texas.gov/voices/perry.html and click on “Listen (MP3 file).”

The return of the Travis Letter to the Alamo is a joint project between the Texas State Archives and Library Commission, the Texas General Land Office, and the Alamo.

For more information about the Battle of the Alamo read:

BLOOD OF HEROES: THE THIRTEEN-DAY STRUGGLE FOR THE ALAMO–AND THE SACRIFICE THAT FORGED A NATION

DONOVAN, JIM, 1954-                               Original Date: 2012

Chronicles Texas’s struggle for independence from Mexico. Describes the events that culminated in the March 1836 massacre, led by General Santa Anna, at the dilapidated mission called the Alamo. Discusses the aftermath and consequences of the attack. 2012.                          

DB   75152                                                  

For more information about the return of the Travis Letter see: http://www.travisletter.com/

Twentieth Century Presidents

Sharing a post from our friends at the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library in Missouri. Better late than never. Happy reading!!

Twentieth Century Presidents

 

As we prepare to celebrate President’s Day, you may want to listen to some of these books written about the twentieth century presidents. The books in some cases are edited or compiled by others, but are taken from the spoken words or writings of the presidents themselves.

 

Theodore Roosevelt (1901- 1909)

African Game Trails

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 19 hours, 54 minutes
Roosevelt describes his eleven month safari with his son, Kermit, in East Africa after leaving the presidency in 1909. In spite of the adventurous tone, the former president explains that he undertook the hunting expedition to obtain specimens to further scientific knowledge in the United States.

Download African Game Trails, DB53704

 

River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Read by Paul Michael. Reading time 12 hours, 17 minutes
Former writer with National Geographic recounts the adventurous travels of Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit through South America in 1913-1914. Relates the expedition’s threats from cannibals, flesh-eating bacteria, wildlife, and rapids. Journey was first described by Roosevelt in Through the Brazilian Wilderness (DB 53848). Commercial audiobook. 2005.
Download River of Doubt, DB60664

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 -1945)

 

For the Survival of Democracy: Franklin Roosevelt and the World Crisis of the 1930s by Alonzo L. Hamby

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 21 hours, 33 minutes
History professor recounts U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s handling of the economic disaster of the Great Depression while totalitarian governments rose in Europe. Compares the American response to the crisis with those of Great Britain and Germany and credits FDR with the survival of democracy. 2004.
Download For the Survival of Democracy, DB61774

 

Through the Brazilian Wilderness

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 11 hours, 17 minutes
Former president and avid naturalist Roosevelt records observations and reflections of his adventurous expedition to the Amazon basin in 1913-1914, accompanied by his son Kermit. Describes his arduous exploration of the Rio da Dçvida, later renamed in his honor, and the insects, wildlife, and jungle environment he encountered.
Download Through the Brazilian Wilderness, DB53848

 

Woodrow Wilson (1913 -1921)

The Presidency of Woodrow Wilson by Kendrick A. Clements

Read by K.D. Henry. Reading time: 13 hours, 9 minutes
A professor of history examined both primary and secondary sources in the United States and abroad to research this study of the principal issues and events of the Wilson administration. Clements traces the evolution of Wilson’s political thought after he was elected president in 1912. He writes about Wilson’s dealings with Congress; his support of agricultural, industrial, and foreign policy reforms; and his controversial role in World War I.

Download The Presidency of Woodrow Wilson, DB35613

 

Harry S Truman (1945 – 1953)

A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel by Allis Radosh

Read by Madelyn Buzzard. Reading time: 16 hours, 41 minutes
Based on archival research, professors assert that President Truman had both personal and political reasons for recognizing the nation of Israel on its first day of sovereignty. They discuss objections from the U.S. State Department, the Arab world, and Britain as well as support from Christian Zionists and others. 2009.
Download A Safe Haven, DB70687

 

Memoirs of Harry S. Truman, Volume Two: Years of Trial and Hope

Read by Randy Atcher. Reading time 24 hours, 11 minutes
Truman wrote of his time in the White House shortly after leaving office. In the final volume of a two volume work, he covers the years 1946-1952, including such topics as the Berlin airlift and the Chinese revolution; and such personalities as Marshall, MacArthur, Chiang Kai-Shek, and Dewey.

Download Memoirs of Harry S. Truman, DB30021

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends

Read by Lou Harpenau. Reading time 14 hours, 28 minutes
Presidential reminiscences and anecdotes as well as autobiographical recollections covering Eisenhower’s Kansas boyhood, West Point career, and courtship of Mamie.
Download At Ease, DB29223

 

Crusade in Europe

Read by Roy Avers. Reading time: 19 hours, 1 minute
Military memoirs of the five star general who led the Allied forces during America’s involvement in World War 2. Eisenhower’s story begins with the planning, continues with accounts of the actual campaigns, and ends with his strategy for peace. In nontechnical language, the author documents his personal service, explains his differences with British and French leaders, and describes the role of the enlisted man on the battlefront.
Download Crusade in Europe, DB38189

 

John F. Kennedy (1961- 1963)

 

Profiles in Courage

Read by Don Hagen. Reading time 8 hours, 17 minutes
Biographical sketches of historic statesmen who demonstrated great political courage at crucial moments in U.S. history. Includes John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, and others. Written by then-senator Kennedy while convalescing from the effects of war wounds. 2003 introduction by Caroline Kennedy; 1964 foreword by Robert F. Kennedy. Pulitzer Prize. 1955.

Download Profiles in Courage, DB58855

 

Richard M. Nixon (1969-74)

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Read by Bob Butz. Reading time 47 hours, 22 minutes
This autobiography of the thirty-seventh president of the United States includes recollections of a rural California boyhood and continues through his resignation and departure from the White House. Provides insight into the complexities of the modern presidency. Some strong language.

Download The Memoirs of Richard Nixon, DB11756

 

The Presidency of Richard Nixon by Melvin Small

Read by Kerry Cundiff. Reading time 17 hours, 8 minutes
Review and analysis of the domestic and foreign policies of the thirty-seventh American president. Traces Nixon’s political rise and resignation from office. Posits that his main achievement remains his domestic social legislation on such topics as desegregation of southern schools, women’s rights, and the environment. 1999.
Download The Presidency of Richard Nixon, DB58696

 

Gerald R. Ford (1974-77)

A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford

Read by Bob Butz. Reading time: 17 hours, 5 minutes
Former President Ford discusses his early years and family life, his climb to the presidency, and the import of his controversial decision to pardon Richard Nixon.

Download A Time to Heal, DB13829

 

Write it when I’m Gone: Remarkable off-the-record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford by Thomas M. DeFrank, Gerald R. Ford

Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 9 hours, 0 minutes
Former White House reporter DeFrank presents “an anecdotal memoir” of U.S. president Gerald Ford’s life in politics, which Ford asked to remain unpublished until after his death. Using interviews from 1991 to 2006, DeFrank highlights Ford’s character and his candid assessments of contemporaries, including Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. 2007.
Download Write it when I’m Gone, DB66303

 

Jimmy Carter (1977-81)

The Blood of Abraham

Read by Peter Johnson. Reading time 7 hours, 53 minutes
Carter’s experiences negotiating the Camp David Accords, his visits to the Middle East, and portraits of Arab and Israeli leaders. The former president maintains that peace in the Middle East must be based on Israeli recognition of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination and Arab recognition of Israel’s right to exist.
Download The Blood of Abraham, DB23146

 

Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President

Read by Hal Tenny. Reading time 24 hours, 57 minutes
The thirty-ninth President of the United States offers his impressions of life in the White House, the crises that confronted him, and the people who worked intimately with or against him. He also tells, with feeling, of his relationship with his wife, Rosalynn.
Download Keeping Faith, DB18686

 

Ronald W. Reagan (1981-89)

 

Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan

Read by Michael Scherer. Reading time 32 hours, 32 minutes

Biographer Morris interjects himself as a fictional contemporary of Ronald Reagan in this authorized account of the fortieth president of the United States. He covers Reagan’s life from his birth in Tampico, Illinois, through his college days, his movie career, his governorship of California, his presidency, and final public appearance. Bestseller.
Download Dutch, DB48814

 

Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 10 hours, 48 minutes
Chronicles the March 30, 1981, assassination attempt on seventy-year-old president Ronald Reagan by mentally ill gunman John Hinckley Jr. Discusses the heroism of Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr and the wounding of D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty, press secretary James Brady, and Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy. 2011.

Download Rawhide Down, DB73178

 

George Bush (1989-93)

A Charge to Keep

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time: 8 hours, 42 minutes
DB 51903

Autobiography of George W. Bush written during his campaign for president. Recalls his childhood in Texas, education, military service, business career, and political life. Describes his philosophy of “compassionate conservatism” and his hopes for the future.
Download A Charge to Keep, DB51903

 

A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush by Ronald Kessler

Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 11 hours, 26 minutes
Award-winning ex-reporter and author of The Bureau (DB 55193) presents an inside look at President Bush’s management style, decision-making process, and personal qualities that are often criticized by his opponents and the media. Includes comments of senior officials, secret service agents, former presidential aides, and career White House employees. 2004.

Download A Matter of Character, DB59201

 

William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

Bill Clinton: An American Journey by Nigel Hamilton

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time 31 hours, 32 minutes
A chronicle of the life of Bill Clinton from family background and childhood to his terms as president. Hamilton examines the highlights of Clinton’s political career as well as the character flaws that undermined his successes. 2003.
Download Bill Clinton, DB57118

 

Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency by Nigel Hamilton

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time: 28 hours, 3 minutes
Author of Bill Clinton: An American Journey (DB 57118) details the forty-second president’s first term. Chronicles early setbacks–such as catastrophes in Somalia and Haiti and failed attempts at healthcare reform–and later successes in establishing peace in the Balkans, achieving a balanced budget, and winning reelection in 1996. Some strong language. 2007.
Download Bill Clinton, DB65586

 

George W. Bush 2001 – 2009

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America by Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose

Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 11 hours, 13 minutes
Examines the impact and legacy of Bush administration policy. Critically dissects the two tax cuts, environmental issues, financial scandals, education and foreign policy, civil and workers’ rights, and workplace standards. Offers suggestions for economic and political reform. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2003.
Download Bishwhacked, DB57075

 

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper

Read by Jake Williams. Reading time 18 hours, 49 minutes
Author uses interviews with George W. Bush, his confidantes, and key players in his administration to chronicle Bush’s presidency from the 1999 campaign days through mid-2007. Scrutinizes Bush’s handling of the September 11, 2001, attacks; his 2004 reelection bid; hurricane Katrina; Social Security issues; and the Iraq War. 2007.
Download Dead Certain, DB64984

 

Barack Obama 2008-

Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage by Christopher P. Andersen

Read by Dion Graham. Reading time 11 hours, 0 minutes
The author of Bill and Hillary: The Marriage (DB 48856) chronicles the courtship and marriage of American president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Analyzes both the struggles and achievements of the biracial politician and his Chicago-born and -bred partner. Commercial audiobook. 2009.
Download Barack and Michelle, DB69408

 

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick Read by Bob Moore. Reading time 27 hours, 10 minutes
DB 70901
Pulitzer Prize-winning author examines President Barack Obama’s life through the prism of America’s racial history. Analyzes his upbringing, education, work as a community organizer, and rise in Illinois politics. Considers Obama’s civil rights heroes, mentors, and campaign strategies. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2010.
Download The Bridge, DB70901

 

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Celebrating Read Across America Day

108! That’s how old Theodore Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, would be this year. He was born on March 2nd, 1904. Since 1998, every March 2nd , Read Across America Day is celebrated in his honor. Read Across America Day is sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage sharing books with kids in the community and to celebrate reading.

In Texas, schools across Dallas will be celebrating Read Across Dallas ISD Day on March 1st. There will be a birthday party for Dr. Seuss at the Sienna Branch Library in Missouri City, TX at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a birthday picnic at the First Colony Branch Library in Sugar Land, TX at 2:00. Bee Caves Public Library will have its 8th Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the library which will include games, a Reader’s Oath with Caroline Murphy, the Mayor of Bee Caves and a concert with Joe McDermott.  

“It’s your day of all days… Today you don’t have to be tidy or neat. If you wish you may eat with both hands and both feet.” Let’s eat some “Green Eggs and Ham”, or say “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today” but please celebrate with a book by the good doctor.

For more information about Read Across America Day, check this website: http://www.readacrossamerica.org/

Print Braille books by Dr. Seuss available from TBP:

Butter Battle Book   BR 05904

The Cat in the Hat   BR 6724

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back   BR 04655   BR 13451

Dr. Seuss’s ABC   BR 08953   BR 15320   BR 16723

The Foot Book   BR 08949   BR 16722

Fox in Socks   BR 08948

Great Day for Up   BR 08941

Green Eggs and Ham   BR 08956   BR 13450   BR  16721

Happy Birthday to You!   BR 08943

Hop on Pop   BR 08912   BR 16725   BT 03174

Horton Hatches the Egg   BR 08950

Horton Hears a Who!   BR 08946

How the Grinch Stole Christmas   BR 04656   BR 12020   BR 16316

I Had Trouble In Getting to Solla Sollew   BR 08954

If I Ran the Circus   BR 16243                              

If I Ran the Zoo   BR 04661

McElligot’s Pool   BR 08952   BR 16216   BT 03350

My Many Colored Days   BR 10040

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish   BR 06106    BR 08990   BR 13073   BR 16379                                               

Scrambled Eggs Super!   BR 08944

Thidwick, the Big-Heartest Moose   BR 08942

Digital Books by Dr. Seuss available from TBP:

Bartholomew and the Oobleck   DB 34054

The Cat in the Hat   DB 33062

Como el Grinch Robo La Navidad   DB 72998

Daisy-Head Maizey (on BARD)   DB 40706

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book   DX 34055

Gerald McBoing Boing (on BARD)   DB 52933

Green Eggs and Ham   DB 34056

Happy Birthday to You   DB 35121

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (on BARD)   DB 47527  

Hop on Pop   DB 44160                     

Horton Hatches the Egg   DB 34057

Horton Hears a Who!   DB  34058                                                 

Huevos Verdes con Jamon   DB 72997         

How the Grinch Stole Christmas   DB 47536                                        

I am Not Going to Get Up Today (on BARD)   DB 34059 

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (on BARD)   DB 35123

If I Ran the Circus   DB 60939

If I Ran the Zoo   DB 34725

My Many Colored Days (on BARD)   DB 42897

The True Meaning of Valentine’s Day

Image of two read hearts with text, be my friend, on one of them.Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Are you the first in line to buy teddy bears and greeting cards, or do you hold your nose at the scent of flowers and heart-shaped candy? If you are the latter, and you cringe at hyperbolic celebrations of romantic love, you are in luck because the Feast of Saint Valentinus is also a day to celebrate friendship. So, unless you are sworn to absolute misanthropy, you can still allow yourself to share some delicious chocolate with your true pals. Curb your curmudgeonly ways and ponder the value of friendship by reading one of these inspiring titles:

 
PACT: THREE YOUNG MEN MAKE A PROMISE AND FULFILL A DREAM by SAMPSON DAVIS. (2002) DB 54458 DLD DX 54458 RC 54458

Three twenty-nine-year-old African American doctors–two physicians
and a dentist–describe how their friendship helped them to overcome
obstacles and to pursue their career goals. They share how they
motivated each other to leave problem neighborhoods of Newark, enroll
in college, and enter professions. For senior high and older readers.

FIVE SKIES by RON CARLSON (2007)
BR 17520 DB 65452 DLD RC 65452

Three men share their life stories while working on a construction
project in Idaho. Carpenter Arthur Key, who left California after a
betrayal, and Ronnie Panelli, charming but shiftless, are led by ranch
foreman Darwin Gallegos–angry at man, God, and life. Strong language.

JOY LUCK CLUB by AMY TAN (1989)
BR 07747 DB 29021 DLD RC 29021

In 1949 four Chinese women living in San Francisco founded the Joy
Luck Club where they met to play mah-jongg, tell stories, and “feast”
on scraps. Forty years later one of the women dies, her daughter
takes her place at the club, and a secret is revealed that unleashes
in each person the need to reach back and remember. Bestseller.

TRUTH AND BEAUTY: A FRIENDSHIP by ANN PATCHETT (2004)
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Author reminisces about her long-term friendship with Lucy Grealy,
whom she met in college at Sarah Lawrence and who wrote Autobiography of a Face (RC 40052) describing her battle with facial cancer. Patchett describes their relationship until Grealy’s 2002 death from a heroin overdose.

Romeo is Not Real

 

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, sometime between 1932 and 1934, when their exploits in Arkansas included murder, robbery, and kidnapping. Contrary to popular belief the two never married. They were in a long standing relationship. Posing in front of an early 1930s Ford V-8 automobile.

Bonnie and Clyde sometime between 1932 and 1934

February is the month for romance, and a great time to read about famous [some infamous] couples.   While the stories of these real-life romances are tempered by politics, tradition, and even the law, they reflect the reality of relationships in very extraordinary circumstances. From a king that abdicated his throne for love to the unconventional relationship of a president and his wife, you will enjoy these books on real romances throughout history.

Cleopatra and Antony : Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World by Diana Preston

Dual biography of Cleopatra, the fourth-decade-B.C. Egyptian queen, and Mark Antony, a Roman general, within the political, historical, and military context of the time. Details their love affair, their enemies, and their suicides, which led to the conquest of Alexandria and annexation of Egypt by Roman ruler Octavian. 2009.

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Go Down Together : The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn

Using two unpublished manuscripts and other sources, the author details the lives of outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker–a portrayal different from the glamorous depiction provided by movies and the press. Describes the lovers as inept, homeless crooks from the Dallas slums who both suffered from injuries. 2009.

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Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage  by Hazel Rowley

Portrays the marriage of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt as a radical partnership that helped both husband and wife achieve their ambitions and political goals. Discusses their extended family of close companions and lovers as well as Franklin’s polio and Eleanor’s social work. Some strong language. 2010.

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That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba.

Bestselling British biography of American-born socialite Wallis Simpson (1896-1986) interprets the character and motives of the woman for whom England’s King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936. Biographer Sebba researches Wallis’s background, the psychological and medical disorders of Edward and Wallis, and their affair’s threat to the monarchy. 2011.

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Love letters of Great Men & Women From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day by C.H. Charles

Anthology of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century correspondence between European politicians, poets, and musicians and their wives, mistresses, or intended lovers–from courtly aristocrats’ stilted phrases to Napoleon’s emotional outpourings to Josephine, Alfred de Musset’s declarations to George Sand, and Elizabeth Barrett’s replies to Robert Browning. 1924

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