From February 2007 through September 2012, two LAPL librarians, Sheryn Morris and Mary McCoy, presented a series of book reviews as part of the Thursdays@Central lunch program.
This biography of Astaire pays tribute to his talent as a dancing musician. A readable analysis of Astaire's style, technique, perfectionism, and constant quest to improve and change his dancing.
She was an unofficial, unpaid promoter of jazz musicians, in particular Thelonius Monk. Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild Later Koenigswarter was a decorated WWII hero, a mother and the wife of a diplomat, but left it all for the world of American jazz in the 1950s. Charlie Parker died in her elegant Stanhope Hotel apartment. Other musicians referred to her simply as the Baroness.
What happens when two Smith graduates decide to set off in 1916 for, what was then, the wild west of Colorado? Well, adventure, and a good deal more of it than either they or their families could imagine. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood wrote to their families back in New York, and it is from those letters that Woodruff's granddaughter has created this hearty tale.
Shattered at age 26 by her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Strayed did something way out of the realm of her experience--she took a solo 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.