This morning’s book show on WCAI was a bit different than our usual book show, not least of all because it began with Mindy interviewing a Nantucket candidate for sheriff! On top of that, our guest book talker, Rosie Gray a political reporter for BuzzFeed News (as well as a Falmouth Academy graduate!) was on the road, not in the studio with us. Added to that confusion, we had not one call or e-mail this morning from our wonderful listeners! Feel free to add your comments to this post, with books on politics that you recommend.
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S. Thompson
David Foster Wallace’s essay Up Simba, which you can find in his book Consider the Lobster and other essays
Barack Obama: the story by David Maraniss
Run: your personal guide to winning public office by Marian Walsh
Counselor: a life at the edge of history by Ted Sorensen
Bobby Kennedy: the making of a liberal icon by Larry Tye
The Negotiator: a memoir by George Mitchell
What You Should Know About Politics But Don’t by Jessamyn Conrad
Presidential Campaigns by Paul F. Boller, Jr.
Campaigns: a century of presidential races from the photo archives of The New York Times
Molly for Mayor by Judy Delton
Kennedy Through the Lens by Martin W. Sandler
Lincoln Through the Lens by Martin W. Sandler
Lincoln Tells a Joke: how laughter saved the president (and the country) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Bringing Home the Dharma: awakening right where you are by Jack Kornfield (chapter five is on politics)
Healing the Heart of Democracy: the courage to create a politics worthy of the human spirit by Parker J. Palmer
Becoming Wise: an inquiry into the mystery and art of living by Krista Tippett
And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman
Whistlestop: my favorite stories from presidential campaign history by John Dickerson
America’s Founding Food: the story of New England Cooking by Keith Stavely & Kathleen Fitzgerald
VOTE! by Eileen Christelow
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
The Art of the Possible: an everyday guide to politics by Edward Keenan, Art by Julie McLaughlin
The Library is happy to host the photographic work of Falmouth resident, Michael Blair Brodhead.
Michael got his first camera in 1980 and quickly realized he was not getting the results he wanted from the photo lab. He bought a second-hand enlarger and for the next twenty years worked in his own darkroom to produce black and white photographs. “I still feel there is just something about a good black and white print, timeless.”
Resisting at first, he finally got his hands on a digital camera and more importantly, a copy of Photoshop. In his own words he had gone from a “film snob to embracing most of what’s digital.” These days he shoots in RAW format which captures most of the information. He then uses the Photomatix software to enhance the final photograph.
Brodhead’s work is fanciful, almost ethereal and represents how he sees things a little bit differently. The show includes a few multiple prints of the same shot making one think of a strive for perfection but then valuing all the results equally. Michael’s work includes locations from Plymouth to Provincetown but with a number from Falmouth. The photographs will be on display in the Main Reading room throughout the month of October.
This morning Peter Abrahams joined Mindy Todd & Jill Erickson to talk about books about cats and dogs on WCAI. Thanks for the many, many suggestions you made during the show! We now have a plethora of cat and dog books on our reading lists, and we think that Peter might have come to better understand cats. Here are the titles mentioned on air.
E. B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Cat by B. Kliban
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Carbonel: the King of the Cats by Barbara Sleigh
“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe in Murder Short & Sweet edited by Paul D. Staudohar
Cat Wars: the devastating consequences of a cuddly killer by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella
A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen
Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
The Animals’ Who’s Who by Ruthven Tremain
Pets on the Couch by Nicholas Dodman
Flush: a biography by Virginia Woolf
Shaggy Muses by Maureen Adams
Dog Songs: Poems by Mary Oliver
The Rose Garden: short stories by Maeve Brennan
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs foreward by Malcolm Gladwell
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats foreward by Anthony Lane
The Cat Who … mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun
Cats of Martha’s Vineyard: 101 island tales by Lynn Christoffers
The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis
“A Man and His Dog” short story by Thomas Mann
The Fur Person by May Sarton
A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern
Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories by Cheryl & Jeffrey Katz
The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
Dogist: photographic encounters with 1,000 dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman
Anna Karenina, Levin’s dog Laska
Head of Technical Services, Kim DeWall, gives an update on the yearbooks project!
Here’s to Dear Old Falmouth: Good News for Falmouth Public School Alumni
Because of the overwhelmingly positive response to the Library’s Digital Archives, which hosts editions of the Falmouth Enterprise and the Town of Falmouth Annual Reports; we are quite excited to announce that our print collection of Falmouth Public School Yearbooks will also be digitized and hosted thanks to the Library for the Commonwealth program, a partnership between the Boston Public Library and the Digital Commonwealth. This free program, open to Massachusetts-based libraries, is a great opportunity for the Library to expand our digital services by creating greater access to our local collections.
The collection dates back to the 1931 edition of the Lawrencian, named after Lawrence High School, and continues on to present editions of Falmouth High School’s the Clipper Compact. The collection also includes several editions of The Broadcaster, the yearbook of the Henry W. Hall School. The collection is now at the Boston Public Library and will undergo the digitization process this fall. We do have some duplicate copies of yearbooks, so check in with us if you happen to be looking for a yearbook while they are being digitized, as we might still have a duplicate copy in the Reference Room.
So, here’s to dear old Falmouth, here’s strength to you!
We are delighted that the three workshops scheduled with Dr. Sang H. Kim in October on mindful movement and meditation are full, however, we know that many of you that wished to attend are now on a waiting list. So, we wanted to give you some other ways to connect with Dr. Kim. One of the ways is to check out one of his books, either Power Breathing or Mindful Movement. Another option is to go to his web page, One Mind One Breath, which is packed full of advice on mindful movement and meditation, including videos and instructions!
The FPL Art Walk is exhibiting the work of San Lyman, a Woods Hole resident and long time member of the Falmouth Artists Guild
. Her show is about diversity. She has painted her share of beaches and boats but has also started painting people doing things.
She is intrigued with people’s stances and how they approach places. And their interaction with each other. Her paintings feature people enjoying art, people in restaurants and in bars. San loves to make changes and has painted some very large canvases exploring color. “I can’t seem to curb my enthusiasm and am far from discreet with color – but there you are.”
Friends who know her work and her will expect to see beaches and boats and the sea or people doing things but now they will see abstract painting too – all painted with love!
If you missed The Point‘s book show this morning, not to worry, you will be able to listen online over at WCAI! Ken Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, joined Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson to talk about rare books and books about rare books. Thanks to all of you who called in with your comments and questions! Ken brought with him some Brattle Book Shop treasures, and below you’ll find the list of books Jill mentioned on the show. If you want to see pages from The Queen’s Royal Cookery, you can head over to the British Library!
ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter and Nicolas Barker
Rare Finds: a guide to book collecting by David and Natalie Bauman
Thieves of Book Row: New York’s most notorious rare book ring and the man who stopped it by Travis McDade
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: the true story of a thief, a detective, and a world of literary obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
Booked to Die by John Dunning
A Gentle Madness: bibliophiles, bibliomanes, and the eternal passion for books by Nicholas A. Basbanes
Local artist, Gary Boehk, has his work on exhibit this month in the Falmouth Public Library Art Walk. Gary has been painting scenes of West Falmouth and the Cape area for many years. He also makes excursions to Provence, France to study and paint. Boehk prefers painting outside because the elements of the environment play a major role in inspiring choices of composition, shapes, and color in his works. He explains that a beautiful landscape is presented by nature in saturated detail, it is up to the artist to make the choices of what to include and what to leave out in the final painting. As the morning or afternoon painting session progresses the dynamics of the scene are changing and the artist must anticipate and finish the painting in the best light, usually a painting takes 3-4 hours.
“Fresh brush strokes and sensitivity to place, color, and light and the harmonious interaction of human and natural elements characterize his plein-air paintings.”
Every summer we are eager to see what summer reading books President Obama might have brought with him to the Vineyard. Way back in 2009 we actually sent the President and his family CLAMS library cards, along with a copy of Cape Cod and the Islands : where beauty and history meet by Kathryn Kleekamp and a history of the Falmouth Public Library. We never heard back, but every summer we hope that he might actually visit one of the many lovely public libraries on the Vineyard.
His list this year is as follows:
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
We can’t help but notice that one of these titles was mentioned on the book radio show that I do the last Wednesday of every month with Mindy Todd on WCAI! Local author, Peter Abrahams just last month recommended Barbarian Days: a surfing life by William Finnegan. Do you think the President was listening?!