Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Finds (Nov. 7)
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I'm so excited about my finds this week! A whole lotta great nonfiction.
First, three books that haven't been released yet...

A Royal Experiment is about England's King George III (from whom America won its independence) who decides to lead a different sort of life from his royal predecessors. No mistresses for him. And his 15 children will be raised to be happy and well-educated. It will be released Nov. 18.
Laura Hillenbrand has made her best-seller Unbroken into a YA book. I'm interested to see how the book "translates" to the younger crowd. It's set to release on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.
The masterful historian David McCullough is coming out with a new biography called The Wright Brothers. To be released May 5, 2015. I've not read any of McCullough's books, though I've definitely meant to. Where does one start? Maybe I'll start with this one.

I've been watching the Ken Burns PBS series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, and I'm enjoying it so much that I've added two more Roosevelt books to my TBR. First, the Pulitzer Prize-winning No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Second, Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough. Both authors appear in the documentary, and I have become fascinated with them. It's quite possible that Doris Kearns Goodwin is the most practical woman on earth--I love it.
Juliette Gordon Low is the founder of the Girl Scouts, and apparently she was quite a woman. I'm excited to add this biography, titled with her name, to my list. 

Glenn Beck. What to say about Glenn Beck? He's a little too Chicken Little extremist for me, but I think he's sincere in his kooky beliefs. At any rate, he writes a book about every eight days, and while I've never really been tempted to read one before, his newest, Dreamers and Deceivers sounds right up my alley. Each chapter is another little-known nugget of American history.
Gretchen Rubin often recommends books for her readers, and this week she recommended A River Runs through It. I still haven't figured out if this is fiction or memoir, because it's described as both. But I'm always looking for small "quiet" books, and I think this would fit the bill.

And there you have it, another great week of book trolling. What have you added to your list?


  1. I really Like Doris Kearns Goodwin--and No Ordinary Time was the first book of hers that I read! I also really enjoyed her memoir featuring her relationship with her father and baseball (the name is escaping me but it was really good!).
    The Juliette Gordon Low book sounds interesting!
    "...he writes a book about every eight days..." This made me laugh! :-)

  2. I read that baseball book, too! I think it was "Wait Til Next Year". I read it so long ago, I didn't know who she was. I should reread it now. But my heart is George Will's when it comes to baseball. (At least this year.)

  3. The Royal Experiment looks really good, I want a copy of that one. Here are my FFs

    1. The Amazon blurb of A Royal Experiment makes it sound very well written. Sometimes these English bios can be so dry and bland. Here's hoping it's more lively!