Between the Lines Book Club: Biographies

between the lines book club logoHey Book Clubbers! This 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 (TOMORROW!)

David McCullough did not win a Pulitzer for The Wright Brothers, but he has won for two other biographies: Truman and John Adams. If you enjoyed The Wright Brothers, here three very different Pulitzer Prize winning biographies to explore. A complete list can be found at wikipedia.

In 1999, A. Scott Berg won the Pulitzer for Lindberg, a biography that ties in quite neatly with the Wright Brothers.

2013 saw the publication of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss. I’ve read this one, and it’s amazing – entertaining, exciting, and fascinating and horrifying look at the erasure of people of color from history.

Looking for a beach read? William Finnegan won in 2016 for a memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Finnegan is a longtime writer for the New Yorker. His passion for surfing took him all over the world and eventually led to a career in journalism.

 

 

 

 

Nighty Night

Logo of SDCCNo blog post today because mayhem. Yesterday was the last day of Comic-Con. Because there might be, like, three people in all of Southern California who I didn’t see yesterday, we are going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter the day after tomorrow. Today: sleeeeep. So much sleeeeep.

Night night. Dream happy cosplay dreams!

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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

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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.