Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Three Great Books


This week’s blog post is about the books I have been reading and listening to.

Wisconsin public radio features a marvelous program called “Chapter-a-Day” aired Monday through Friday  at 12:30 p.m. and repeated at 11:00 p.m. Currently I am enjoying listening to Jim Fleming read from First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joe Ellis. http://www.wpr.org/chapter/ "The story of the premier husband and wife team in American history is part political history and part love story." 

If you miss a chapter, the five most recent chapters can be found online where you can listen at you leisure.  Having just been separated by John’s four years of service in Paris; Abigail and John Adams are about to be reunited in 1785 at the end of the chapter that I heard today. Thomas Jefferson also comes to Paris, while the Continental Congress labors back in America to provide the legal and governmental structure for the new country.

The other audio book I am enjoying is one that I borrowed from the public library. Mark Twain: A Life, written and read by Ron Powers. Read is too simple a word though, as the author takes on the persona of Samuel L. Clemens when he quotes from the writings of Mark Twain. On nine CD's, this audio book runs 11 hours. I find it a fascinating exploration of Mark Twain’s life and the times he lived in. In 1861 Sammy Clemens is about to going traveling with his older brother, Orion, who has just been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory. Sammy moves west to get away from the advancing civil war, He assumed it would be just a few months before the war was over, but it turns out to be a six year stay in the West.     http://books.simonandschuster.com/Mark-Twain/Ron-Powers/9780743249010 

My final recommendation is a book for young people called Louisa May and Mr. Thoreau's Flute, a picture book with woodcuts by Caldecott Medal winning artist, Mary Azarian.  Set in Concord, Massachusetts it tells the story of eight-year old Louy, as she was known to her family, and her friendship with local teacher Henry David Thoreau, also a young man at the time. It's a lovely story that ends with Louys' first poem; To the First Robin.  

Remember, both children and adults can participate in a summer reading program at the Spooner Memorial Public Library ~ Happy Reading!

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