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California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu

California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu I heard this author speak at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago along with Guy Delisle and Jérémie Royer on a panel about graphic memoirs. Bagieu’s infectious enthusiasm for her subject, her creative process, and inspiration were compelling. She captures the essence and spirit of Cass Elliott and her life before the Mamas ... Read More »

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: the Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel An entertaining and sympathetic account of the famous Hollywood movie star’s life, career, and the sex scandal the author uncovered in old newspapers used as insulation in his house. A combination of the author’s own personal story, comic drawings, and commentary, this is a fascinating portrait of a ... Read More »

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky

  Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky Rum, cigars, bright classic cars, Castro, Varadero beach, Celia Cruz…these are just a few of the iconic images Americans have of the capital of Cuba. A mere 90 miles from the United States, recent political changes have opened our neighbor to the south for exciting exploration and education. In this brief, informative, and ... Read More »

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson A riveting, thoughtful, and engrossing true crime by a Southern professor. Along with the crime details, Tyson paints a picture of a Southern belief system that is shameful, provides a history of the early civil rights movement, and an intelligent commentary on where we go from here. Read More »

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard. Millard, an author who has distinguished herself with previous works on Theodore Roosevelt’s ill-fated Amazon journey and James A. Garfield’s doomed presidency, focuses her newest work on Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of England. From his upper class upbringing to his quest ... Read More »