Otis Library Asks:
What are you reading?

Book reviews and best sellers lists are all well and good, but sometimes the best books are those you hear about from word of mouth. With that in mind, the Otis Library asks “What are you reading?” Add their recommendations to your own reading list! Remember to ask at the Information Desk if you need help locating one of these books.

Our reader this month is:
Alice Plourchard Stelzer

Author of Female Adventurers: The Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut

She will be appearing at Otis Library on Monday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Connecticut Authors Trail for a book talk and signing. Free event; no registration required.

I am thrilled that I live in a timewhen there are so many excellent authors that love history as much as I do. I have set myself the goal of reading everything David McCullough, Nathaniel Philbrick and Doris Kearns Goodwin write.

I think everyone in the United States should read Philbrick’s Mayflower. Since my research is on the 17th century, I found Mayflower the most comprehensive and honest look at the settlement of New England.

Eleanor Roosevelt has always been a role model for me, which is why I enjoy reading about her. I thoroughly enjoyed Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time.

I recently watched a Charlie Rose interview of David McCullough and was awestruck by the man’s enthusiasm for history. I am presently reading his Pulitzer Prize biography John Adams. In this tome, McCullough shows how important research is in painting an honest and complete life journey biography, including his relationships with the other rebel patriots around him, as well as his every patient and ardent supporter wife Abigail.

McCullough’s storytelling style makes you feel you are living in this turbulent time and even though you know the ending, you cannot wait to turn the page and see what happens. This picture of our government in its development gives me hope we can fix what has gone wrong with our government today.

This book is very comprehensive, which, of course, makes it a large book that is not too easy to carry to the beach. Since my life is not all history and I have to have a book to take to the beach, I have a habit of reading two books at the same time. I am also currently reading Janet Evanovich’s Top Secret Twenty One. This continuing adventure of Stephanie Plum is a romp through the hilarious bounty-hunting world of Trenton, New Jersey and Stephanie’s penchant for attracting the weirdest and funniest people around her. Be careful where you read this because you will laugh out loud.


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