10/1/14

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough



This book was the start of my study of Teddy Roosevelt.  It was the tale of his  father and siblings and how they all interacted in his early life.  With David McCullough as the storyteller, I couldn't go wrong.

 ★★★¼

GENRE: History
SUBJECT: Early family life of T Roosevelt
Setting: Washington DC, Oyster Bay, NY;
CHARACTERS: Theodore Roosevelt, Edith Carow Roosevelt, Roscoe Conkling, Cornelius Roosevelt, Elliott Roosevelt, Emein Roosevelt, FDR, Sara Delano Roosevelt
DATE READ: September 24 - September 30
NO. OF PAGES: 445
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, USPC
SOURCE: Public Library

9/29/14

The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller




Good book to cover both McKinley's life, administration, Spanish/American war and the assassination and aftermath.
I found it  remarkable that McKinley was originally  uninterested in anything related in any additional land acquisitions until he was forced into war with the Spanish and then he became very greedy trying to annex the Phillipines, Cuba, and other Pacific islands.  This book also brought to my attention anarchists that were working during McKinley's administration - I never knew.

 ★★★

GENRE: History
SUBJECT: Assassination, anarchists, war
Setting: Washington,DC; Buffalo, NY
CHARACTERS: William McKinley, Leon Czolgosz, Emma Goldman, Theodore Roosevelt
DATE READ: September 1 - September 28
NO. OF PAGES: 422
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, USPC
SOURCE: Public Library

9/24/14

The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley




This story was the start of the Arthurian tale - the marriage of Igraine  of Avalon to Uther Pendragon.  Igraine's daughter  by a Roman duke, Morgaine  is sent to Avalon while her son Arthur is guarded against injury so that he can grow to become the high king.  An interesting concept of the myth.

★★★½

GENRE: Fantasy
SUBJECT: Arthurian source
Setting: Avalon
CHARACTERS: Morgaine, Viviane, Arthur, Merlin, Uther Pendragon, Igraine
DATE READ: September 3 - September 23
NO. OF PAGES: 876
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI,
SOURCE: Audio stockpile

9/21/14

The Lies That Bind by Kate Carlisle




Brooklyn Wainwright has returned to her job at the Bay Area Book Arts to teach a class on bookbinding but during a class recess she discovers her boss dead.  BABA is hosting a fundraiser at the time and Brooklyn must keep things going while she helps(?) Inspector Derek Stone uncover the motive and murderer.

Loved it!

★★★¾

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
SUBJECT: bookbinding, business relationships
Setting: San Francisco, CA
CHARACTERS: Brooklyn Wainwright, Derek Stone, Layla Fontaine, Alice Fairchild
DATE READ: September 16 - September 20
NO. OF PAGES: 304
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, MYSTERYCAT
SOURCE: stockpile

9/10/14

Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett




In this third installment of the Booktown mysteries, Tricia Miles, the owner of the Haven't Got a Clue Mystery Bookstore, asks her college roommate, Pammy, after she wears out her welcome by stealing and forging a check as well as taking up more space than Tricia has to share.  Unfortunately,  at the end of the day Tricia finds Pammy dead and herself a prime suspect.  However, rather than the sheriff from Hell who dislikes Tricia because of her tendency to get involved in police matters, the investigation this time has a hunky Capt. Grant Baker in charge.

It was fun to see Tricia and her staff interact and the characters themselves evolve.

 ★★★½

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
SUBJECT: blackmail, Freegan, Food Bank
Setting: Stoneham, NH
CHARACTERS: Tricia Miles, Grant Baker, Pammy Fredericks, Libby Hirt
DATE READ: September 6 - September 8
NO. OF PAGES: 227
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, MYSTERYCAT
SOURCE: NOOK stockpile