A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey
The sad truth is that much of what James Comey has to say in this book has been drowned out by the voices of political pundits on both ends of the spectrum and by ongoing events. This is a very good book about ethical leadership. Throughout his many jobs as an attorney in both the public and private sectors, Comey rises through the ranks but always drifts back to law enforcement as his vocation. A very small portion of the book is devoted to his years at the FBI and his decisions about the investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and Donald Trump. Comey’s explanations provide insight into how and why he made the decisions affecting the 2016 presidential election. Read it for yourself, and make your own judgements.
Shoot First (Think Later) by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington is in trouble again (no surprise there). This time he travels to Key West with his friends Dino and Vivian for a meeting, playing a round of golf, when he finds himself in the midst of gunfire. This time the target is a beautiful tech billionaire, Meg, who becomes Stone’s new companion. A disgruntled former employee has it in for Meg, and Stone takes her to Maine and England to escape a hired killer. A typical Stuart Woods jet-setting jaunt; an entertaining, clever plot with amusing characters caught in interesting situations.
I just finished re-reading The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The play has many autobiographical ties to Mr. William’s life growing up. A powerful play that takes place in an apartment building during the 1940’s. The Glass Menageries refers to the mental fragility of the character, Laura Wingfield – a young girl with a slight limp that has caused her to retreat to a world of fantasy through her glass figures.
I just started Ghost by Jason Reynolds, one of our Battle of the Books selections. I have been reading about 7-8 so far. It seems like it is going to be really good one like the others I have finished in the last couple of weeks.
I am reading EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo. It is funny and bittersweet.
– Cheri S.
The Detective London McKenna mystery series by Alex Gates is dark. I’ve read a few of them, but they are not easy reads. The pace is very quick, though.
I am currently reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. For fans of Wonder, but 10 times a better read!
Out of My Mind is narrated by a girl with cerebral palsy who’s very intelligent but unable to express herself verbally or physically. Hoping for the ending I expect, but there have been some unexpected story lines.
2018-2019 Middle School Battle of the book list
I am reading Flat Broke with Two Goats which is a memoir by Jennifer McGahan. Her book was chosen for The Big Read. She was at Main St. Books in Davidson on Saturday evening. I enjoyed seeing her. The first part of the book is difficult to read as her first marriage was an abusive relationship. The second part of the book is about homesteading in North Carolina near Asheville.
I just read The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. I read it for pleasure. It was on the Battle of the Book reading list last year. This was an exciting fantasy book about young teens that run a ghost hunting agency. I would definitely recommend it, but it is probably not for everyone since it is can be bit dark and scary.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
It was really good, but definitely for teens. About two buddies trying to get scholarships. it’s racially balanced, coming of age book. A good way to get inside the mind of a teenager, especially a guy. #harshlanguage
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
In one of the most controversial political books of our time, Michael Wolff gives us his interpretation of the actions (and inactions) of those cohorts working inside the Trump campaign and White House during the past year. The closest analogy is a group of puppet masters fighting over which one is allowed to control Donald Trump at any given time. Most useful to the reader is a description of the various influential figures in the White House, their philosophies, and how they came to be there. Obviously, those with a left-leaning point-of-view will applaud Wolff’s description of the chaos, perhaps be troubled by the revelations; those on the right will justify and deny the possibility that Trump’s White House could be that bad. Certainly, this book only adds fire to the fury of the current political climate in Washington.
I just read The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian. It kept my interest although it was a difficult read as it was a novel about sex trafficking
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce. A feel-good tale that has the love of music ringing throughout without the snarkiness of High Fidelity. I like how the author takes her time unveiling the protagonist’s character, keeping you guessing about the plot until the end. For fans of British fiction, feel good stories, men and women relationships fiction. A light read.
Leonardo, da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson, is a masterpiece about a master artisan. I am listening to the CDBK read by Alfred Molino. It’s a large amount of information about the famous Leonardo yet flows easily from one life event to the next and you find yourself waiting for more. It’s interesting and fascinating just like Leonardo himself.
I’ve been savoring, At Peace, by Dr. Sam Harrington. It’s been a pick up/put down book, evoking strong emotion, but been very helpful for me. I lost both my parents, and can recommend this for anyone going through a similar situation.
This fall, our staff is branching out a little, reading books outside their usual genres. Some are oldies but goodies, and if you can’t find it on our shelves, ask us about an Interlibrary Loan!
After hearing an excerpt and interview with the author on Fresh Air, I picked up Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart– I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not reading a dark memoir, that these stories are fiction. Acerbic humor and a tiny bit of self-deprecation mark these short stories that flow together like a memoir. For fans of Amy Tan or Lisa See, those with interest in Chinese American historical fiction will enjoy branching out a little.
I am reading, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Bachman; not done yet, so far so good.
I just finished reading, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt; it was a long book and it kept my interest. In fact, I stayed up late last night to finish it.
I just finished Hunter/Prey by Sid Sisavath. It was quite a ride with thrills and action from start to finish; it was so exciting, I couldn’t put it down to sleep!