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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics
by Terry Golway (2014)

Rooted in Jeffersonian democracy and transformed by the massive Irish immigration of the mid-nineteenth century, Tammany Hall, New York City's Democratic organization, became synonymous with machine politics. Golway joins the revisionists in emphasizing Tammany's constructive contributions and its consequent impact on modern politics. An expert in Irish-American history, Golway unsurprisingly sees the origins of this form of political organization in Irish anti-institutional activism. In overcoming and battling nativism in America, reaching out, albeit not selflessly, to new immigrant groups and, after the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy of 1911, supporting progressive social programs both at the local level and legislatively, Tammany thrived well into the 1900s. After the strong leadership by "Silent Charlie" Murphy came the ascendancy of governor and presidential candidate Al Smith. The organization became, through Senator Robert F. Wagner, a major factor in the New Deal and, later, American liberalism. Not ignoring instances of corruption large and small, from Boss Tweed to Jimmy Walker (Tammany coined the concept of "honest graft"), Golway makes his case for Tammany's impact eloquently. In doing so, he has provided an essential addition to the historical literature of New York and urban America. (Booklist).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Readers' Advisory

By Its Cover
Donna Leon (2014)

Investigating the thefts of rare book pages from a prestigious Venetian library, Commissario Guido Brunetti is stymied by numerous possible suspects and the murder of a seemingly harmless theologian.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Race Underground: Boston, New York and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway
by Doug Most (2014)

In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America’s place in the world.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Shirley Temple Black
Actress / Diplomat

Shirley Temple, Hollywood's quintessential child star during the 1930s and 1940s, became a diplomat in later years, serving as Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under her married name, Shirley Temple Black.

For books and DVDs about  and featuring Shirley Temple, click here.

"Shirley Temple." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. Biography in Context. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Pete Seeger
Folk Singer
Pete Seeger became the most influential folk artist in America. He was instrumental in popularizing both the five-string banjo and the songs of populist America that could be played on it.  Seeger's songs such as "If I Had a Hammer," "We Shall Overcome," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" served as anthems in the protests of the late 1960s.

Monday, January 13, 2014


New Databases

The Freeport Memorial Library added three new databases to its collection.

Consumer Reports: Just like the print version, this online addition provides trusted, independent resource provides in-depth reviews of products ranging from vehicles to retirement accounts. Its ratings, side-by-side comparisons, and video-clips are updated frequently. 
Cypress Resume: Looking for a new job? You can create professional resumes, cover letters and reference sheets in minutes will this database. 
NoveList Plus: If you love to read or belong to a book club, this database is for you.  NoveList Plus offers information on more than 200,000 titles, including over 50,000 nonfiction titles. NoveList Plus also offers read-alike suggestions and book discussion guides for book clubs.
These databases can be used in the library or from home.  To access remotely, go to www.freeportlibrary.info; click “e-Resources”; choose “Research Databases” and click “Databases A-Z.”  You will need a Freeport Memorial Library card to use these resources

Monday, December 30, 2013

Readers' Advisory

Keeper of Lost Causes
Jussi Adler-Olsen (2011)

This is the first installment of the Department Q series, featuring the deeply flawed chief detective Carl Morck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.  So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects.

But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. (Publisher)