Archive for May, 2016

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan

May 28th, 2016

immortal irishmanThis is a biography of Thomas Meagher: Irish revolutionary, convict, Civil War general.  The book also offers a broad portrait of the experiences of the Irish during the period, both at home and abroad.

Meagher was born into a prominent & wealthy Catholic family.  Even though he had the advantages of education and standing, Catholics on Ireland were brutally oppressed.  Meagher was an outspoken opponent of British oppression and British rule, and he became known for his stirring and fiery oratory.  Meagher became even more radicalized by the Irish Potato Famine that began in 1845.  Thomas Meagher led a failed uprising for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony—from which he escaped and six months later was in the streets of New York.

The last chapter of Thomas Meagher as a terratorial governor of Montana was a quest for a true home in the far frontier.  His death has long been a mysteryto which Timothy Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.

The subtitle of this book: the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero.

GPL call number: 92 Meagher

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man by William Shatner

May 18th, 2016

leonardThis book is a great testament to friendship that lasts a lifetime.  A look into a “sibling” rivalry that supported each man through divorces, career issues, and health woes.  No matter what you think of the individuals—this book covers a long span of Hollywood and political issues.

It was fascinating to discover the similarities between the upbringing of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.  These paths crossed a few times before a friendship was forged and they could challenge the world in both art and real life.  This book may not win any awards for the writing, but it is truly a heartfelt look into a deep friendship.

GPL Book: 791.4502 Shatner

GPL audio book: BCD 791.4502 Shatner

Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCAnn

May 11th, 2016

51jkI9h7e1L._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_Colum McCann is an internationally best selling author and has received many honors for his fiction, story collections, short film.  He is also a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and The Paris Review. 

Thirteen Ways of Looking is a collection of three of McCann’s short stories. A retired judge reflects on his life’s work, unaware as he goes about his daily routines that this particular morning will be his last; a mother is spending Christmas alone with her son who then becomes missing; a writer constructs a story about a Marine in Afghanistan calling home on New Year’s Eve.

McCann charts the territory of chance and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments.  Deeply personal, subtly subversive, at times harrowing and indeed funny yet also full of comfort.

This excellent writer has a wonderful use of vocabulary—and characters with interesting perspectives.

GPL: F McCann

Memories of Heaven by Dr. Wayne Dyer & Dee Garnes

May 4th, 2016

memories of heavenDr Wayne Dyer and Dee Garnes received overwhelming responses to their requests for stories that young children related about their rememberances of their lives before they were born.  They tell of talking with & being with God;  talking of their past lives on Earth; how they chose who their parents would be; and much more.

A reader writes: “ Memories of Heaven opened my eyes to other possibilities in living.  I believe in angels and that some young children (whose lives are innocent and more clear than many of us) can see and communicate with angels.  It seems they can sometimes hear departed spirits of family members, too.  This was such an interesting, thought-provoking book which I could not put down once I started reading.”

This is a very interesting book of stories that tells us there is far more to this earthly experience than what we perceive with our own senses.