Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Finds (Nov. 14)
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I thought I had this post all ready and waiting for link up Friday morning, but I guess I skipped the whole "writing of the post" step. So I'll have to be quick here. Though quick, for me, seldom means brief.
Because of all the Nonfiction November action this month, I've stumbled upon some great books--which led to other great books. You know how it is, that whole TBR snowball effect.
(And speaking of snow, we have a great big pile of it, and it's COLD here, which makes me want to do nothing more than hibernate with one of these books.)
On Musings from a Bookmammal this week, I was reminded of America's Queen, called the "definitive" biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I just bought Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis last week, so I'll likely read that first, but I'll be reading this one someday too. "Definitive" will get me every time.
Elizabeth is by the same author as America's Queen, Sarah Bradford. I so enjoyed Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith last year that I'm up for another book about the Queen. (And I'm still looking for something to name Lilibet [the Queen's childhood nickname]. I think a Boston Terrier named Lilibet would be hilarious!)
And speaking of queens, a Nonfiction November post by Andi at Estella's Revenge reminded me of Serving Victoria, which tells what it was like working for Queen Victoria.

I recently saw Tavis Smiley on a news program, and he talked briefly about his new book, Death of a King. While I don't always agree with Smiley's political views, I've read the intro to his book and he seems to have a deep love and respect for Martin Luther King Jr. Though I'm always a bit leery of books subtitled "The Real Story..."
Isaac's Storm is another book by Erik Larson, one that wasn't on my radar at all. I tend to like storm movies and books.
I admire Dr. Ben Carson for many reasons, and I'm told he's soon to announce his candidacy for 2016, so it's time I read his newest book, One Nation. He really is a remarkable man, rising from abject poverty to be one of the best (the best?) pediatric neurosurgeons in the world. What was the beginning for him? His illiterate mother forcing him to read books and write her book reports. Stories were his way out.

I was looking at my long, long book list the other day and was reminded of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure. I'm sort of a sucker for Truman--he's my kind of people. This is the story of his road trip with Bess after he left office in the early 50s.
Last week I scored a number of great books at a used book store. In the bargain basement, I found a copy of David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning tome Truman for $2.00. I could not pass it up!
Lastly, set to release Dec. 2, When Books Went to War is the story of books being sent to soldiers during World War II. I'm intrigued as to which titles were chosen for the program and all the other nerdy logistics. 
And that's this week's list.
What's on your list?


  1. I read a Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis years ago and loved it! She's my favorite first lady. I'll have to checkout America's Queen!!

    Here is my Friday Finds post:

    1. I had to look this up. There are two books out titled "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis." You must have read the Donald Spoto one. The one I bought is by Barbara Leaming, released 10/28. That means there's ANOTHER Jackie book I need to read!

      I'll check out your list now.

  2. Serving VIctoria looks excellent--I love behind-the-scenes books! When Books Went To War is already on my TBR list and I can't wait until it's released next month!

    1. I'm really looking forward to both. Think I'll buy Serving Victoria today as a Monday treat!