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Monday, March 16, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Dead Wake: The Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson (2015)
 
 

Freeport's own Erik Larson (Freeport High School class of 1972) has written a book that tells the riveting story of the final voyage of the top-of-the-line British passenger ship the Lusitania.  After leaving New York  on May 1, 1915, the Lusitania was torpedoed six days later off the coast of Ireland. The ship sank in 18 minutes leaving only 764 survivors from a total of 1,959 passengers. This event eventually pushed the United States into World War I.

Like all of Larson's books, Dead Wake has been thoroughly researched and tells the story through the individuals involved.  As we honor the 100 anniversary of World War I, this narrative history is a must read.


More about Erik Larson from the Library's March/April Newsletter


Erik Larson
by Regina G. Feeney and Cynthia J. Krieg

Erik Larson grew up in Freeport and graduated from Freeport High School in 1972. He earned his B.A. in Russian history and culture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and went on to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and graduated in 1978 with an M.S. He has been a feature writer for the Wall Street Journal and Time and has written articles for Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New Yorker. He taught nonfiction writing at San Francisco State, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Oregon. He now lives with his family in Seattle, Washington. Larson has fond memories of living in Freeport.  According to his biography he had “three main pursuits: climbing tall trees, riding my bike to the far reaches of the island (typically without my parents’ knowledge) and body-surfing at Jones Beach (field no. 9).”
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When asked recently about the Freeport Memorial Library, Larson said, “I remember going to the library quite a bit. As a young kid I participated in the summer reading competitions, where each kid was represented by a fish on a large sea-like poster. I never won. Later, as a teen, the library was where I went to study with friends...and, um, make out. So, a multi-purpose institution. There you go.” Some of Erik Larson’s books owned by the Library are:
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (March 2015): This nonfiction narrative about the sinking of the Lusitania tells the harrowing tale of wartime travel in 1915. While Captain William Thomas Turner placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare hat kept civilian ships safe from U-boats, Captain Walther Schwieger decided to change the rules of the game.
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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (2011): The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.(call number: B Dodd L)
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Thunderstruck (2007): A true story about two men--Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication--whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. (call number: 364.152 L)
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (2003): Set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, this book combines the true story of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair’s construction, and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. (call number: 364.1523 L)

 

 

 
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Sir Terry Pratchett
Fantasy Author
1948-2015
 
 
Called the "master of humorous fantasy" by a critic for Publishers Weekly, British author Terry Pratchett won the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2002 for his novel The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, Pratchett was known primarily for his Discworld series and his Bromeliad trilogy for children.  Discworld  offered humorous parodies of other famous science fiction and fantasy writers, such as J. R. R. Tolkien or Larry Niven, and spoofs such modern trends as New Age philosophy and universal concerns like death.  Pratchett was knighted in 2009.
 
Sir Terry Pratchett died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  His final tweet was "The end."
 
 
Sources:
 
Terry Pratchett." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 54. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.
 
"Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66," BBC, http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31858156

Friday, March 6, 2015

Readers' Advisory

50th Anniversary of Selma to Montgomery 
March 7, 1965
 
 
About the march:
 
In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. chose Selma, Alabama as the site of a renewed voting rights campaign. The growing militancy of the civil rights movement made it essential that he score a quick victory in order to restore confidence in his non-violent approach. When segregationist police attacked the peaceful marchers, King had his victory. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed through Congress shortly thereafter.
 
Selma was home to 14,400 whites and 15,100 blacks, but the city's voting rolls were ninety-nine percent white. Every time that an African American attempted to register to vote, Sheriff Jim Clark and his deputies, many of whom were Ku Klux Klan members, turned the would-be voter away. During one week, more than three thousand black protesters were arrested for protesting this voting ban. In February 1965, a mob of state troopers assaulted a group of blacks, fatally shooting a young man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, as he tried to protect his mother and grandmother.
 
Jackson's death inspired black leaders to organize a fifty-four-mile (eighty-seven-kilometer) march from Selma to Montgomery to petition Governor George Wallace for protection of blacks registering to vote. On March 7, the march began. King was absent, having returned to Atlanta because of pressure from White House officials. He missed the sixty helmeted state troopers and local police with gas masks who lined up opposite the six hundred marchers at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. While white spectators cheered and Sheriff Clark ordered them to attack, the troopers moved on the protesters, swinging bullwhips and rubber tubing wrapped in barbed wire. The marchers stumbled over each other in retreat and seventeen went to the hospital with injuries. That evening, horrified viewers throughout the nation watched the images from the Pettus Bridge on television.

This incident, known as Bloody Sunday, pushed the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson into action to protect the voting rights of African Americans. To keep the pressure on, King led a second march on March 9th. A federal injunction had forbidden the marchers to proceed to Montgomery while their case was investigated, but as a comrpomise King and his marchers were allowed to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge, pray and demonstrate, and then return to Selma voluntarily. Later, the federal courts ruled that the protest should be allowed to take place, and King led a third and final march from Selma to Montgomery, starting on March 21 and ending March 25th in front of the state capitol. 

Source: Anonymous. "March from Selma." Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 77-79. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 6 Mar. 2015.


Other resources:

60 Minutes on Selma
New-York Historical Society Exhibit
Smithsonian Institute
History Channel

Library Databases (for Freeport Library cardholders)


Friday, February 27, 2015

New Database

Lynda.com

The Freeport Memorial Library is pleased to offer its cardholders access to Linda.com's library of instructional videos. Normally, using lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a Freeport library cardholder you can access Lynda.com content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit BPL library card barcode.

What is lynda.com?
Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Readers' Advisory

Farewell Colleen McCullough 
Author
1937-2015
 


      McCullough was born in the late 1930s in Wellington, a large city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Her father was a relatively recent Irish immigrant to the continent, while her mother came from neighboring New Zealand. As a child, McCullough lived with her family for a time in the Outback, Australia's rough, arid region, but spent most of her formative years in the large city of Sydney. A voracious reader from an early age, she excelled in academic pursuits, especially the sciences, and pinned her hopes upon becoming a doctor.

      The Thorn Birds, became an international publishing sensation as its sales climbed past the seven-million mark. This saga of three generations in an Irish Catholic family in Australia seemed to pique interest in the history and culture of the continent, as witnessed by a spate of books and films set "Down Under" that entered into the annals of pop culture in the years following The Thorn Birds success.

Source: "Colleen McCullough." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 36. Detroit: Gale, 2000. Biography in Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.

Click here her books by Colleen McCullough.
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Readers' Advisory

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr (2014)


Blind since six, Marie-Laure flees Paris with her father during World War II; they end up in Brittany's Saint-Malo. Meanwhile, orphaned German boy Werner proves to be a whiz with radios, which leads him to military school and, eventually, to tracking the Resistance. Soon he's in Saint-Malo, too. (Library Journal)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Readers' Advisory

Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York
By Kenneth Ackerman (2005)



A lively account of the life of a New York legend traces the rise of Boss Tweed, the corrupt party boss who controlled New York politics through a combination of corruption, bribery, and coercion until his own over-reaching destroyed him. (Publisher)