Library Lines

This period—late October through mid- November—is a publishing lull before the big rush of new releases for holiday shopping.

Going through catalogs, I see a lot of big-name, popular authors with books coming out – soon. So I had to order some in-between titles to tide everyone over. I opened the boxes on Friday and cataloged a few, and I have to say, I had to fight the urge not to bring everything home with me! Let me share some of our new non-fiction titles with you this week:

A. Scott Berg, best known for his wonderful biography on Lindbergh, has written a biography on Woodrow Wilson, simply titled Wilson. He was President during WWI, and so obviously lived during a fascinating time in not only American history, but world history. At 832 pages, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about our 28th President.

The Stories They Tell, edited by Alice Greenwald, is a collection of photographs showcasing artifacts from 9/11 which are on display at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. It’s a poignant collection of items that bear witness to the tragedy of the attacks, and honors the victims, the survivors and the heroes who risked their own lives to save others.

Poetry lovers, rejoice!

Haiku in English: the First Hundred Years is here. This is a wonderful collection of haiku poems, from Ezra Pound’s In a Station of the Metro which is considered the first fully formed haiku in English, to the modern day masters of the form.

Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation by Robert Wilson is not just a collection of Brady’s photographic work, this volume reveals the life of the man who brought the realities of war into public view, and became the founding father of modern photojournalism.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This means a plethora of books are being published about the incident that is seared into everyone’s memory. I chose to purchase November 22, 1963: Reflect- ions on the Life, Assassination and Legacy of John F. Kennedy by Dean R. Owen. Owen gathered a fascinating collection of interviews and commentaries from notable men and women, asking them to share their thoughts and recollections of that fateful day. Some of the contributors include the Rev. Billy Graham, Tom Brokaw, Walter Mondale and Bob Schieffer, to name just a few.

Catherine Steiner-Adair, a clinical psychologist and family therapist, offers advice and insight for parents who worry about how the digital age is affecting their children in The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Parenting in the Digital Age. More children have an online presence than ever before. The Internet and technology are here to stay, but how do parents manage their child’s time and personal connections as a result? Are children harmed by so much online access? The author offers some practical tips to help families reconnect with one another in this time of digital relationships.


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