At the October 6 meeting we'll discuss a nonfiction book, Charlatan by Pope Brock. This fascinating social history set in the first half of the 20th century describes the career and downfall of John R. Brinkley, who at the peak of his career was the richest and most famous surgeon in the United States. Beyond medicine, his innovative influence was felt from modern political campaigning to the rise of country music. The jacket flap describes the book as a portrait of a "boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America that was ripe for the bamboozling."
Guest Author: Ioan Suciu, Georgetown University Press
The future of the university library is up in the air, literally in the cloud. At a time when cloud computing and digital distributions are on the rise, academic publishers and some of the nation’s biggest booksellers have been slow to adapt.
The library system has all sorts of books about dogs: training dogs, dog health and personal stories about dogs. Muttsby Brian Kilcommons and Michael Capuzzo [636.7009 K48] is the book about most American dogs. It is an appeal for adopting shelter animals and an explanation of why mutts make such good pets.
Both westerns and mysteries are properly crime fiction: sheriff's procedurals and police procedurals; the procedures vary, but there is usually some personal code of behavior, good and bad, and handguns. Quite a few authors who are best known for their mysteries started with, or also wrote, westerns. James Lee Burke wrote Two for Texas in 1982. We know Elmore Leonard primarily as mystery writer, but the first story he sold was "The Trail of the Apache." His best-known western is probably Hombre.