Twilight of Democracy

Authoritarianism appeals, simply, to people who cannot tolerate complexity I would have never known about this book if I wasn’t in a book bingo challenge that asks us to read one of Barack Obama’s recommended reads of 2020. I spent […]

West of the Revolution

American history gets all excited about 1776 without ever considering that for most of the continent the fight with the English wasn’t the main news. Alaska The Russians were running the fur trade.  I was interested in the description of […]

Hidden Figures

“Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now. Before […]

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

“Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign — Desforges Pianos — he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop’s […]

Brazillionaires

“When Bloomberg News invited the young American journalist Alex Cuadros to report on Brazil’s emerging class of billionaires at the height of the historic Brazilian boom, he was poised to cover two of the biggest business stories of our time: […]

The Girls of Atomic City

“The incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One […]

Mighty Be Our Powers

“In a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia’s women together–and together they led a nation to peace. As a young woman, Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life […]

67 Shots

When I moved here four years ago the words Kent State only brought to mind the historical event of the shooting in 1970.  Suddenly I was working with several people who went to school there and didn’t cringe every time […]

Ada’s Algorithm

Ada Lovelace’s life sounds like it was made just for the tabloids. Her father was the poet Lord Byron.  He was famous in England for his legendary affairs as well as for his poetry.  He decided to marry when he […]

Meet Me In Atlantis

First line – We had just met the previous week in Bonn, my new German acquaintance and I, and here we were on the west coast of Africa on a hot Thursday morning, looking for an underwater city in the […]

Sisters in Law

I went into this book having read Sandra Day O’Conner’s book but I didn’t know much about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. O’Conner is from Arizona. She grew up on a ranch. She went to Stanford Law School where she didn’t experience […]

The Wright Brothers

Everybody sort of knows the story of the Wright Brothers but in listening to this book I realized that I didn’t know much about them as people. They were the youngest sons of a preacher who traveled widely.  They were […]

The Residence

The Residence is an interesting look into the life of The White House. It is a subject that has always interested me. I’ve read books about the lives of the First Ladies by Margaret Truman and watched an old mini-series […]