Reviews and Blog Posts: history

Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

Reviewer Rating:
5

Many, including David Lean in his now-classic film, have tried to nail down the mercurial T.E. Lawrence through focus on the man himself. I immensely enjoyed Scott Anderson's Lawrence In Arabia because of its wider approach, and Anderson's keen eye for the context in which Lawrence, and a handful of other European...

Wildlife photographer of the year : 50 years

Reviewer Rating:
5

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year or WPY, is an international competition co-sponsored by the United Kingdom's Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. WPY turned 50 this year and to mark the occasion, published this extraordinary book mapping the development of nature photography and highlighting award winning photos. Breathtaking and awe-inspiring, the...

Defining Documentaries

Girl Rising

As film festivals go, DOC NYC is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world.

Did You Miss This?

Did You Miss This?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

The printed square : vintage handkerchief patterns for fashion and design

by Nicky Albrechtsen

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Romans and Egyptians used handkerchiefs but it wasn't until the 20th century that every day folk were able to afford them. So popular was the concept that Kimberly-Clark launched disposable tissues in 1923. The War however limited the use of paper so traditional handkerchiefs made a come back and...

Wraith

by Joe Hill

Reviewer Rating:
3

Did you like NOS4A2? Like horror comics? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, give Wraith a shot. Joe Hill moves between the worlds of traditional books and graphic novels quite a lot, and here he connects them. Wraith tells the story of Charlie Manx, the ominous...

Kilt Tease

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Planning an Outlander party to swoon with other fans? ​

Guid gear comes in sma' bulk!

Good things come in small packages and your wee library card connects you to the World. Checkout the following resources to create a party worthy of the Scottish Highlands, even if you haven't read all eight books in the series!

October is for (Biography) Lovers

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

What is it about biographies and memoirs? Is it the thrill of finding out intimate information about someone we only know through a public face? The inspiration we get from stories of overcoming obstacles? Learning more about someone when all you really know is that you respect their work? Biographies are perpetually popular at the library, and we are always getting new ones in, but it seems that October is the month that all biography lovers are waiting for.

Yesterday Today

cover image, The Harlem Hellfighters

Anytime is the right time to explore history. The 100th anniversary of “the greatest war” evokes cries from ghostly trenches. An assassination may have sparked World War I but a blueprint for conflict existed long before the first shot. This war gave us shell shock, machine guns, and "a lost generation."

Stamp of Approval

USPS Harvey Milk

If you are a philatelist or new to stamp collecting, the unveiling of a commemorative stamp by the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a major event! The latest stamp honoring Harvey Milk, the first openly Gay elected official, is no exception.

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