In case you missed it, we’ve started a history book club. The History Lovers Book Club is a virtual book discussion group offering readers a convenient way to connect with others who love history and books. It’s great for readers with busy lives and those who like to read at their own pace.
And we now have our own space on the LAPL web site. Just scroll down the right side of the home page until you reach the end of the Central Library Blog posts. Under “Our Blogs,” click on “History Book Club” and join the discussion.
Our initial selection is: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days and the first true "talking picture," The Jazz Singer, was filmed. All this and much more transpired in the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things.--Provided by the publisher
If you have not yet gotten your hands on a copy, never fear. It’s not too late to start. Place a hold online or at your local branch. We will be reading this title through the summer.
To encourage discussion, I will be posting comments, questions, and links to reviews, related books and relevant web sites. Now, a couple of interesting facts from the book to whet your curiosity:
While President, Calvin Coolidge only worked 4 ½ hours a day and spent much of the rest of his time napping.
The eye sockets of the presidents on Mount Rushmore are wide enough to accommodate a car lengthwise.
This is a public group—anyone can join. The discussion is available 24/7. Everyone is welcome to post a comment, but we reserve the right to delete. Any posts marketing to members will be deleted.