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The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, copyright 1998

When I got down to the last two books in my FOLP series, I couldn’t choose between them, so I started both. I finished Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation one day last week during my lunch break. This bestselling book about ordinary people who grew up during The Great Depression and came of age during […]

FOLP #7: The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman, copyright 2007

In a city torn apart by war and German occupation, a nearly destroyed zoo became a “Noah’s ark” to a steady stream of Jews and others attempting to escape the Nazi’s determination to cleanse the human race. Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the zookeeper and his wife, dedicated years of their lives to secretly serving in […]

FOLP #6: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, copyright 2006

Don’t you love falling into a well-crafted story, losing track of time and place, of everything but the book in your hands? For the past couple days I’ve been deep inside the world created by Diane Setterfield in The Thirteenth Tale. It is not the type of book I typically read — it’s a gothic […]

FOLP #4: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

If you need a bit of inspiration or encouragement coupled with a kick in the pants, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch will do the trick. Originally a filmed lecture that became a viral sensation, the book expands on theme he touched on in his speech at Carnegie Mellon in 2007: achieving your childhood dreams. […]

FOLP: Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey, copyright 2003

I finished my second “Friends of the Library Project” book June 28. It would be easy to say a lot has changed in the world since 2003, and even more since 1997, when Dave Ramsey first published his book about personal finance. But the principles of money management outlined here are timeless, which is one […]

FOLP: The Professor & The Madman, by Simon Winchester

The first completed book from my Friends of the Library Project is The Professor and The Madman, by Simon Winchester. Originally published in 1998, this title (known as The Surgeon of Crowthorne in Britain) was the first of Winchester’s books to hit the NYT bestsellers list and sell millions of copies. His experiences as a […]