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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Non-fiction titles

When I write about what I'm reading I tend to concentrate on fiction because that's what I like. However, there are many wonderful non fiction titles at the Cherokee Public Library. Maybe one of the following new ones will catch your attention.

Biographies are always popular. Little Girl Blue by Randy Schmidt is a profile of Karen Carpenter and her struggle with anorexia. Paul and Me, by A. E. Hotchner is subtitled 53 Years of Adventures and Misadventures with my Pal Paul Newman. Lives Like Loaded Guns by Lyndall Gordon provides a portrait of Emily Dickinson which is very different from the normal historical view. Spoken from the Heart, a memoir by Laura Bush has had good comments and is on a waiting list so please call if it interests you.

Adventure books just added are Alone, Orphaned on the Ocean by Richard Logan, a story of a vacation gone horribly wrong and This Water Goes North by Dennis Weidemann, the tale of four young Iowans who set out to paddle 1,400 miles from Minnesota to Hudson Bay.

History buffs might like The Routes of Man by Ted Conover, a book about roads and the crucial role they have played in human life. The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson is another sweeping historical read as it centers on the story of Joseph Priestly and his discovery of oxygen. Also recent is The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose, a companion to the HBO series about the WW II struggles in the eastern theater.

If financial issues are your thing, check out the following. The Big Short by Michael Lewis takes on the stock market crash and the SEC. No One Would Listen by Harry Markopolos is about Bernie Madoff and NASDAQ. High Financier by Niall Ferguson is the story of Siegmund Warburg, a successful European banker who was a dominant figure in the years following WW II.

Two others I want to mention are War by Sebastian Junger which follows a single platoon based in Afghanistan for fifteen months and Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright, a beautiful book filled with colored pictures and the history of the brooches she's worn throughout her career.

Something for everyoneÖthat's what we strive to provide at the library. Take a moment to browse our new shelves!

Mary Jo Ruppert
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