The House of Kennedy – James Patterson. A good history of the Kennedy’s through 2019. He touches on the bad things in their history along with the positive things. There are a lot of details that you will not have heard or read about before. ****
Revolution – K.T. McFarland. Author held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford, & Reagan administrations before serving in the Trump administration. She writes about what happens inside the political world in her specialty of foreign affairs. Interesting stories about names you will know – Kissinger, along with many others. ****
Shatner – Michael Seth Starr. Biography of William Shatner. Star Trek was his most famous show, but he did many other things, TV, Movies, and Stage. **
You Are Worth It – Kyle Carpenter. Carpenter was awarded the Medal of Honor for throwing himself on top of a grenade in Afghanistan. Most of this book is about the extensive time & treatment he spent recovering from his wounds. ***
Hunting The Unabomber – Lis Wiehl/Lisa Pulitzer. An in-depth look at how the FBI, postal service, and ATF investigated this case for 17 years. You will be amazed at the details of this operation from coast to coast and the many people and $$$ involved. ****
The American Story – David M. Rubenstien. A great synopsis of American History. He interviews authors who have written biographies of 12 presidents, Founding fathers & mothers, Charles Lindberg, Martin Luther King Jr., and chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. *****
Creative Care – Anne Basting. A revolutionary approach to elder care, especially dementia & Alzheimer’s. She gives many case histories of new methods of treating elders in different settings, including nursing homes & private homes.
Lou Gehrig-The Lost Memoir – Alan G. Gaff. The first part is columns that Gehrig wrote for an Oakland newspaper, almost entirely about baseball. The 2nd part is a biography written by Gaff. Strictly for baseball history fans. **
American Crusade – Pete Hegseth. A conservative’s view of what is wrong with all of the “isms” and how to combat and change them. A bible for hard right conservatives. *
The Splendid & the Vile – Erik Larson. An excellent written history of Winston Churchill in 1940 & 1941. These were intense war years with Germany attacking England. Many stories about inside the politics & military actions. Also, many human interest stories about personalities, and the various sex affairs which make good reading. *****
Blitz – David Horowitz. Strong Trump advocate tears apart most of the anti Trump accusations. He reviews many accusations & then discredits them with actual facts & situations. **
Wisdom In Action – Mary Oviatt. This book is written by my cousin, Rita Ulbrich Oviatt, about her aunt. Both were raised about 2 miles from the farm I was raised on in Iowa with very similar conditions. Marie Ulbirch always wanted to serve the “poorest of the poor.” Marie Ulbrich was one of 4 Sisters (nuns) that started the medical Mission Sisters. They now have missions all over the world. ***
KD -Marcus Thompson. About Kevin Durant’s basketball development & career. Probably only a good read for basketball fans as it is mostly about the actions in basketball games & the results. Very little about his personal life outside of basketball. *
What’s in Your Blood & Why You Should Care – Earl Mindell & Gene Bruno. This book is a detailed study of how blood functions in your body. The effects of of your diet, exercise, environment, DNA, supplements. Good reference book for doctors.
Successful Aging – Daniel Levitin. This 400 page small print book written by a neuroscientist is a challenge to read. Lots of medical terms covering nerves & brain function. Covers pain, perception, memory, exercise, diet, personality, sleep, emotions, social factors & motivation. ***
Boys & Sex – Peggy Orenstein. About what you would expect. Probably spent 100’s of thousands of $$$ to tell us about every kind of sexual deviation there is. Bottom line, boy’s want to get laid. *
The Body – Bill Bryson. Very interesting book about everything about our body. All the organs, diseases, nerves, muscles, genes, etc., & all explained in layman’s (common) language. *****
Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell. This one is about our ability to determine when someone is lying. This is true with CIA talking to spies, police & judges & criminals, con men with finance/swindles, etc. ****
Brother & Sister – Diane Keaton. This book is all about her mentally challenged brother. Mildly interesting, but definitely not a page turner. **
My Life in Four Quarters – Joe Namath w/Sean Mortimer & Don Yaeger. This is a story built around Joe watching a tape of Super Bowl III & describing all of the action & his feelings at the time. A little bit about his personal life, too. **
1. An Edible History of Humanity – Tom Standage. An interesting bit of history of food from hunter/gatherers to present. Many of the military battles throughout history have been decided by the available food for the soldiers. Also how the disastrous government policies have caused millions of people to starve to death & have other barbaric effects on people’s behaviors. ***
2. Blindsided – James L. Ferraro with Laura Morton. The story of the trial lawyer’s (author) court case against DuPont for a boy that was born without eyes caused by a chemical in a fungicide they produced. It took several years to get to trial & by the time appeals were settled the boy’s family collected the money after 10 years. Lot’s of trial & law details. ***
3. Sudden Sea – R.A. Scott. A very descriptive story of the great hurricane of 1938 which hit Long Island NY., Connecticut, Massachusetts, & really demolished Rhode Island. Many personal stories of individuals & the damage done to homes, roads, electrical & telephone service, etc. ***
4. The Light Within Me – Ainsley Earhardt. Her memoir is an interesting read with a large emphasis on her religious beliefs & the influence it has in her daily life. She covers her childhood, college years, marriage, becoming a mother and then her career in radio & TV. Lots of Fox news stories. ****
5. Pinheads & Patriots – Bill O’reilly. Printedin 2010 but somehow I missed it. He rates different people in politics, past presidents, movie stars, & entertainers as pinheads or patriots. ***
6. Simple Government – Mike Huckabee. His views of government policies & what he thinks should be changed. A conservative’s opinions of applying common sense & fiscal constraints on congress. ***
7. Do The Right Thing – Mike Huckabee. He wrote this one when he was running for president in 2007. It contains many details of his philosophy on government, and the many tales about events throughout the country. Probably the most important one is the “fair tax” proposal which would put the IRS out of business. ****
8. It Is About Islam – Glenn Beck. A history of Islam from it’s beginning. Much of it is very negative about the basics of the religious teachings & the enforcement of Sharia Law, women’s rights and the general lack of any rights dictated by their religion. **
9. Billionaires at The Barricades – Laura Ingraham. A look at the political revolution from Reagan to Trump. She has inside experience Washington politics & very conservative political views. Lots of stories about the old guard working against both Reagan & Trump. ***
10. Profiles In Corruption – Peter Schweizer. This is about politicians Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, & Eric Garcetti. It goes into details of their abuse of power raising money for their political efforts, friends & family. Often bordering on illegal & almost always unethical. ****
More library patrons will be able to pick up on-hold materials as the Lee County Library System expands contactless, curbside pickup at four additional branch locations for materials already being held.
On Monday, locations doubled for curbside pickup, available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Bonita Springs Public Library, 10560 Reynolds St.; East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Road N., Lehigh Acres; Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St.; and Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral.
Curbside pickup also will continue at Cape Coral Lee County Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace; Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers; North Fort Myers Library, 2001 N. Tamiami Trail and South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero.
To use a contactless pickup, patrons with ‘holds’ available at one of the eight locations drive to the main entrance of the library, stay in their car, and call the telephone number provided on the signs at the location.
1. Defending Israel – Alan Dershowitz. A well-written book about his life. He tells amazing stories about his contacts with world leaders in politics, governments, universities. Easy to read because it is so interesting. *****
2. Triggered – Donald Trump Jr.A surprisingly good book about his life both inside & outside of politics. Many interesting stories of opposition to his father by various people inside & outside politics. ****
3. The Way I Heard It – Mike Rowe. A great read about Paul Harvey type stories – surprise endings to stories about famous people. Interspersed with them are interesting stories about his life you probably haven’t heard. He is best known for the TV series Dirty Jobs. *****
4. Deep State – James B. Stewart. A book defending the deep state and opposing President Trump. People who agree with his opinions will like this book. *
5. Alone At Dawn – Dan Schiking & Lori Chapman Longfritz. An amazing story about John Chapman, an Air Force combat controller. Mostly unknown, they receive training similar to Navy Seals and are assigned to combat units to direct all aircraft for close bombing control. He received the medal of honor after being left for dead by the Seals & fighting on after being badly wounded. ****
6. ME – Elton John. If you like reading about celebrities, this book has it all – lots of famous people’s names, exotic locations, weird sex, and lots of stories about his life. ****
7. A World Without Work – Daniel Susskind. Speculating that in a couple of generations most work will be done by machines, computers, automation, & robots, there will not be jobs for everyone. He explores guaranteed annual income & several other possibilities. ***
8. The Ride Of A Lifetime – Robert Iger. Well written, very interesting tale about his life & being CEO of Walt Disney for 15 years. An inside look at making multi-billion dollar decisions. *****
9. Exonerated – Dan Bongino. This is a “dry” read as he goes into many details of the “Russiagate-Mueller” investigation. You will be surprised by the many lies & the abuse of power that you never heard or read about before. **
10. With All Due Respect – Nikki R. Haley. Very good memoir of her life experience to date. She has been very active in politics as a South Carolina senator & governor, followed by her role as theUS Ambassador to the United Nations. *****