I don’t normally read books with “A Natural History” in the title. For all that I love the natural world and history I have a hard time getting excited about the life and times of say a Western Albino Snow Toad (which I totally made up just now). However, I’ve always liked Cormorants.
I normally do four events for the Today in History reading list but I just couldn’t choose this time so I did five. Check out a day full of Emperors and presidents, Samurai and various kinds of rebels. We give you one non-fiction and one fictional work to go with each event.
Recently there has been a resurgence in interest in the character of George Smiley with the reboot of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Although Gary Oldman does a credible George Smiley for me he’ll always look like Alec Guinness from the BBC Mini-Series that follows the John le Carre novel very closely. I was thrilled to see Michael Jago’s The Man Who Was George Smiley: The Life of John Bingham
Sons of Liberty priemeres on History Channel on January 25th. Get caught up in the Revolution, and then stop by the library to check out our display of books dedicated to this rabble-rousing lot and other key Revolutionary figures; look for the display just beyond the new book room.
Buying comics for the library is a tricky thing. For one thing, we’re not buying for the collector. If you know Comics People, than I’m sure you have a friend who obsessively collects every Batman comic or possible X-Men tie-in. We don’t really buy for those readers as they bought the single issues, subscribed to the title, and have been pouring over the message boards to see what’s coming next. Instead, we buy comics for the casual reader. [Caption column by Drew]
I could go on ad nauseam about all the fantastic books I read last year, but for brevity’s sake, here are half a dozen of my 2014 favorites. (All but two of the following titles were published in 2014.)
Doing a Russian spy themed Jim Recommends today. All of the books I’m recomeneding are perspective on Cold War espionage from the persective of the Soviet Union.
If you like the gore of 16th century childbirth, rich historical descriptions and strong female characters, these are the books for you!