ELLINWOOD — There are new books on CD at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” by Jon Meacham. In this biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable time, bringing us the man, the politician, and the president. Jefferson was a great and complex founder whose understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men, marshal ideas, and to prevail.
“The Black County” by Tom Reiss. General Alex Dumas rose to command vast armies, and in his triumph and ultimate betrayal we see how dangerous one individual can be to an entire way of life. His swashbuckling exploits appear in “The Three Musketeers” and his triumphs and trials inspired the “Count of Monte Cristo,” both books written by his famous son. Born to a black slave mother and fugitive white French nobleman, Alex Dumas was sold into bondage, but eventually rose to enormous power, and became a threat to Napoleon himself.
“Shatner Rules” by William Shatner. To be William Shatner, you must follow a lively set of rules, outlined in this entertaining, yet thoughtful book. Illustrated with stories from Shatner’s life and career, he will show you how he became the iconic figure he is, larger than any character he ever played.
“The Murder of the Century” by Paul Collins. Clues to a horrifying crime are turning up all over New York, but the police are stymied. There are no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds begin in June of 1897, and plunged the city into a mystery chaos, and a media circus. As everyone wants to help solve the crime of the century, a sensational love triangle, and an even more sensational trial emerge.
“The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world.
“Seriously...I’m Kidding” by Ellen Degeneres. Beloved comedienne and television personality shares some of her best observations about life and family in this memoir and will make you smile and laugh, and appreciate the blessings in your life.
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.