Lisa’s July Suggestions – a celebration of words & images

Gustav Klimt: Complete Paintings by Tobias Natter

A book so beautiful, it’s almost a work of art unto itself! Dive into Klimt, in both word and image.

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The Weird World of Words: A Guided Tour by Mitchell Symons

weird world of words coverA fun collection of English-language trivia facts about words and language usage — from “almost” being the longest English word with its letters in alphabetical order, to “stewardesses” being the longest word typed with the left hand. Or that fireflies aren’t actually flies — they’re beetles?

From information about words and their uses, to useful lists of things you never knew had names, palindromes, famous lines from literature and film, bizarre test answers and more, The Weird World of Words is bursting with oddball facts — and will have you hooked from the very first page.

 

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Dana’s July Suggestion

Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams

ambition coverTheir love was legendary, their ambition flagrant and unashamed. Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife, Josephine, came to power during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of France. The story of the Corsican soldier’s incredible rise has been well documented. Now, in this spellbinding, luminous account, Kate Williams draws back the curtain on the woman who beguiled him: her humble origins, her exorbitant appetites, and the tragic turn of events that led to her undoing.

read a sample from the ebook by clicking here

Related Reads:

Napolean: A Life – by Andrew Roberts

England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton – also by Kate Williams

Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirsten Downey

Victoria’s May Recommendation

Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin

life from scratchRead a sample here!

It was a culinary journey like no other: Over the course of 195 weeks, food writer and blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook–and eat–a meal from every country in the world. As cooking unlocked the memories of her rough-and-tumble childhood and the loss and heartbreak that came with it, Martin became more determined than ever to find peace and elevate her life through the prism of food and world cultures. From the tiny, makeshift kitchen of her eccentric, creative mother, to a string of foster homes, to the house from which she launches her own cooking adventure, Marin’s heartfelt, brutally honest memoir reveals the power of cooking to bond, to empower, and to heal–and celebrates the simple truth that happiness is created from within. – from publisher

Genna’s April Recommendation

It’s What I Do:  A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario

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Genna says:  “Woah, this girl is a rock star!  Addario is an award-winning photojournalist (Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow) who covered much of the war, conflict, and injustices in Iran, Afghanistan, Haiti, the Congo, and Darfur.  Addario was kidnapped for six days in Libya along with other New York Times photographers.  Even after the incident she still got back into the field.  Addario’s passion for photographing the world is apparent, and her unflinching strength and courage is inspiring.  Her memoir recounts the struggles trying to stay in touch with family while living across the world, her difficult romantic relationships, and the discrimination she faced in other countries being a woman.

This memoir is very well-written and straightforward.  Her story is very inspiring, plus the book itself has photo-quality pages so turning the book is a treat.  Tucked away on some of the pages are her amazing photographs.  A great read!
Fun fact:  Steven Spielberg bought the rights to produce this memoir into a movie and Jennifer Lawrence will play the lead.”
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Dana’s April Recommendation

Destiny of the Republic:  A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

destiny of the republic“Millard (The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey) presents a dual biography of the 20th U.S. President and his assassin. James A. Garfield and Charles Guiteau were both born into hardscrabble Midwestern circumstances. While Garfield made himself into a teacher, Union army general, congressman, and President, Guiteau, who was most likely insane, remained at the margins of life, convinced he was intended for greatness. When he failed to receive a position in Garfield’s administration, he became convinced that God meant him to kill the President. At a railway station in the capital, Guiteau shot Garfield barely four months into his term. Garfield lingered through the summer of 1881, with the country hanging on the news of his condition. In September he died of infection, apparently due to inadequate medical care. Millard gives readers a sense of the political and social life of those times and provides more detail on Guiteau’s life than is given in Ira Rutkow’s James A. Garfield. The format is similar to that in The President and the Assassin, Scott Miller’s book on President McKinley and Leon Czolgosz. VERDICT Recommended for presidential history buffs and students of Gilded Age America.” – Library Journal

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Dark Horse:  The Surprise Election and Political Murder of James A. Garfield by Kenneth Ackerman

The First American:  The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by H. W. Brands

Rebbe:  The Life and Teachings of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History by Joseph Telushkin

Karen’s April Recommendation

Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

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Karen says:  “I would recommend Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.  Wow.  Written with Erik Larson’s usual meticulous attention to detail.  A gripping history lesson, focusing on the Lusitania, the German U-boat that launched the fatal torpedo, top secret Room 40 and the many lives affected by the sinking of the ship.  Riveting to the end.”

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Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage:  The Titanic’s First-Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster – “This work unabashedly focuses on Titanic’s first-class passengers, the best-known on the ship, whose lives were the most carefully documented.” – Library Journal

Lusitania:  Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King – “Unlike the fate of the Titanic, sunk three years earlier when it crashed into an iceberg, the deliberate sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915 has been shrouded in mystery and intrigue that continue even as the 100th anniversary of the tragedy approaches.  Was the British ocean liner carrying munitions that exploded after it was torpedoed?  Was it part of a deliberate plot by the British government to lure the U.S. into WWI?” – Booklist

Lusitania:  An Epic Tragedy by Diana Preston – “The destruction of the liner Lusitania in 1915 is two stories rolled into one:  a Titanic-type tale of personal catastrophes and a still murky diplomatic incident of the first order.” – Booklist

Mary Ann’s March Recommendation

Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes:  Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mack

dog whistlesMary Ann says:  “This book explains many current political terms used by those in government and by news pundits.  Each term is illustrated with a quote and/or an incident, most from recent years.  Examples:  wing nut, high-class problem, red meat, Chicago-style politics, slicing the salami, Sister Souljah moment.”

Please note:  this book is not available at River Forest Public Library.  It may be ordered through the SWAN network.

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All the Truth Is Out:  The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai – “The former chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine brilliantly revisits the Gary Hart affair and looks at how it changed forever the intersection of American media and politics. In 1987, Gary Hart–articulate, dashing, refreshingly progressive–seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination for president and led George H.W. Bush comfortably in the polls. And then: rumors of marital infidelity, an indelible photo of Hart and a model snapped near a fatefully named yacht (Monkey Business), and it all came crashing down in a blaze of flashbulbs, the birth of 24-hour news cycles, tabloid speculation, and late-night farce.” – Summary from catalog

Dog Whistle Politics:  How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López – “López (White by Law) examines the intersections of declining economic opportunities and race affiliation as expressed by political parties.” – Library Journal (note:  this book is not available at River Forest Public Library.  It may be ordered through the SWAN network.)

The Way We Talk Now:  Commentaries on Language and Culture from NPR’s Fresh Air by Geoffrey Nunberg – “Compiling humorous commentaries about language in the United States, Nunberg, a language and computer technology researcher and a consulting linguistics professor at Stanford, here offers essays prepared for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. Some of the many topics covered are the long-lasting linguistic impact of movies, software that checks grammar, and word histories.” – Library Journal (note:  this book is not available at River Forest Public Library.  It may be ordered through the SWAN network.)