Between the Lines Book Club: Wright Brothers on Film.

between the lines book club logoThis month the Between the Lines Book Club is reading The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. You can leave comments about the book here, or better yet meet up in person at Arden Dimick Library  at 10:30AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Here’s some amazing footage of the Wright Brothers in action! It includes still photography, film footage of both brothers, film footage of the flights in Le Mans and Fort Meyer, and the first motion picture footage shot from an airplane. It also shows how the catapult system got the plane into the air. Enjoy!

Between the Lines Book Club: McCullough Speaks!

between the lines book club logoThis month the Between the Lines Book Club is reading The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. You can leave comments about the book here, or better yet meet up in person at Arden Dimick Library  at 10:30AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

David McCullogh is a highly acclaimed author who has won two Pulitzer Prizes (for Truman and for John Adams) and a National Book Award (for The Path Between the Seas). He was born in Pennsylvania in 1933, and studied at Yale where Thornton Wilder became his mentor. He met his wife, Rosalee, when he was seventeen. They have five children and currently live in Boston.

McCullogh’s first book was The Jonestown Flood. Although he was approached to write about other disasters, he didn’t want to be labeled “Bad News McCullough” so he turned to a more cheery story, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. He is probably best well known for John Adams and for 1776.

McCullough did a number of interviews about The Wright Brothers. Here are links to a few:

airspace.com

Saturday Evening Post – this interview has content about the book but also about McCullough’s life

And here’s a lengthy interview with McCullough and Ken Burns. McCullough narrated several of Burn’s documentaries.

 

 

 

 

 

In Which I Talk About Spies For a Long Time

Close up of Mata Hari's face.A few weeks ago I gave a presentation on women who were spies in WWI, called “Mata Hari and her sisters.” Librarian James Scott taped it, so here it is! Warning – the talk was about 75 minutes long, not for the quick casual viewer.

 

Thank you Sacramento Public Library for setting up this event!

Between the Lines Book Club: The Wright Brothers

between the lines book club logoThis month the Between the Lines Book Club is reading The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. You can leave comments about the book here, or better yet meet up in person at Arden Dimick Library  at 10:30AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

The Wright Brothers touches briefly on the early and late lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright, but it gives most of it’s attention to the development of the first airplane and how the brothers death with subsequent fame and business troubles.

If this book piqued your curiosity, here are some links to more about the Wright Brothers, as well as the early history of flight:

The History of Flight

The Wright Brothers were admirers of glider Otte Lilienthal. You can read more about his glider and see a picture at the Air and Space Museum webpage.

The Wright Brothers  talks about the brothers’ sister, Katherine. For more about her amazing life, check out wrightstories.com.

Like trivia? Check out Wright Trivia! Under “pets, it says that Wilbur adopted a stray dog named ‘Flyer’, and Orville kept a picture of his St. Bernard, ‘Scorpio’, in his wallet.

 

Flyer, sitting on a chair

Flyer

 

 

Happy Independence Day

illustration of children holding hands around the worldFrom Eleanor Roosevelt:

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

Between the Lines Book Club: Announcing July!

between the lines book club logoAnnouncing our July Book Club selection: The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough! We will be meeting in person at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento, CA, at 10:30AM on July 30, 2016 to discuss the book in person, and we’ll also discuss it right here every Friday in July.

The Wright Brothers is a non-fiction book that describes how the Wright Brothers and their sister, Katherine, built the first heavier than air, manned, flying machine. David McCullough is something of a celebrity in the world of biographies: he won the Pulitzer Prize for Truman and another of John Adams. He’s also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He’s written eleven books and narrated many films and documentaries.

If you live in the Sacramento area, you can get a copy of The Wright Brothers at Arden Dimick Library’s circulation desk – just tell them it’s for book club!

cover of The Wright Brothers

 

And they’re off: The Great Bike Trip Begins

IMG_1128My husband and daughter are off on the epic bike trip – they plan to spend the end of June through July biking form the California/Oregon border down the coast all the way to Mexico, wrapping things up just in time for San Diego Comic-Con. I know they will take some showers in campgrounds but still – can you imagine what those two are going to smell like by the end of the trip? And how many bike tires they will go through? The mind reels.

I’m driving the back-up car for parts of the trip so will be posting sporadically. Wish us all luck!

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