Compiled from EIN Newsletters (7/07 – 12/07)

NEW BOOKS FOR LLI COURSES

The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore
The Reagan Diaries, by Ronald Reagan
Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens
Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989, by Michael Beschloss

Members of the McGill ILR in Montreal are, according to their most recent newsletter, reading the following books:

The Book of Longing, by Leonard Cohen - A delightful collection of previously unpublished poems and various other writings, enhanced by playful and provocative drawings by the author.

Empire, by Niall Ferguson. Ferguson, who is generally acknowledged to be the leader of the current crop of British historians, subtitles his book, The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power. He examines the costs and consequences, both good and bad, of British imperialism.

The Victorian House, by Judith Flanders – A fascinating upstairs downstairs, room by room guide to the typical upper middle class Victorian house. Wonderful insights into Victorian life.

London: A Short History, by A.N. Wilson. Not to be missed for those planning a trip to London. It has been said of Wilson that he’s incapable of writing a dull sentence.

Thanks to the OMNILORE program at California State University Dominquez Hills for these fiction suggestions that would make great reading for a LLI book club.

Q&A, by Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat who has served in Turkey, Great Britain, Ethiopia and the U.S. A beguiling blend of high comedy, drama and romance in which humanity is revealed in all of its squalor and glory.

One Last Look, by Susanna Moore is a story taken from an actual journal and diaries and tells of a man who is appointed Governor General of India in 1836, the beginning of the end of English imperialism.

Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks. Taking place in Tennessee during the Civil War Battle of Franklin, the novel centers on a bitter, reclusive woman who, because of the battle and its consequences, changes her outlook.

My Jim, by Nancy Rawles, is the story of the runaway slave in Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. The story is told from the perspective of Jim’s wife.

Thanks to the OMNILORE program at California State University Dominquez Hills for these fiction suggestions that would make great reading for a LLI book club.

The Prodigal Spy, by Joseph Kanon. Nine year old Nick Kotlar’s life is turned upside down when his father is accused of being a communist spy during the McCarthy hearings.

Travels in the Scriptorium, by Paul Auster is an offbeat fabulist story of a man who wakes up in a room with no memory of who he is or how he got there.

Last Days of Summer, by Steve Kluger, is a baseball story that begins in 1936 and tells the story of the correspondence between a 12 year-old boy and his baseball hero.

 

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