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The Bully Pulpit


Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, friends and later rivals, and on the activities of the muckraking press in her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.         Read More »

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Mrs. Poe

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife and her revenge . . . 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is all the rage ; the ... Read More »

From the Recommended Reading Shelf

Andalucian Friend

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Sōderberg Breaking her personal code to date a charming patient, Sophie Brinkmann discovers that he is the head of a powerful international crime organization warring against a ruthless German syndicate. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter ... Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman


I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place A most unusual memoir written by novelist Howard Norman, in five essays, he recalls his connection to “place” in relation to his own personal development and “place” at that particular period of his life. Reviews describe this book as both “luminous” and “strange”, but also, decidedly disquieting,  haunting, and lovely. Youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ... Read More »

Recommended Reading


The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window of the nursing home. So begins an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, an elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.   And the Mountains Echoed ... Read More »

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East by Scott Anderson A thrilling  narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history  - the Arab Revolt and the secret great game to control the Middle East. The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in ... Read More »

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

frozen in time

Frozen in Time : an epic story of survival and a modern quest for lost heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff In Nov. 1942 a U.S. cargo plane crashed into the Greenland ice cap, the B-17 sent on the search-and-rescue mission got caught in a storm and also crashed.  A second rescue operation was launched, but the plane flew into ... Read More »

Echoes of My Soul by Robert K. Tanenbaum

echoes of my soul

Echoes of My Soul by Robert K. Tanenbaum This riveting chronicle of the infamous Career Girls Murders, a case that led to the Supreme Court’s enactment of the Miranda Rights and the abolition of the death penalty in New York State, follows the murder of two young women, the innocent man convicted of the crime and the young D.A. who ... Read More »

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

detroit an american autopsy

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough ... Read More »