Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep

What forces shaped the culture, politics, and economy of the American South? The factors were many – it was not one man’s doing – but NPR correspondent and author Steve … Continue reading

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“The Tiger’s Bride” by Angela Carter

A great, feline, tawny shape whose pelt was barred with a savage geometry of bars the colour of burned wood. His domed, heavy head, so terrible he must hide it. … Continue reading

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How About Never – Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons by Bob Mankoff

I seldom pick up The New Yorker now, but there was a time when once a week I would take the latest copy from the library’s magazine room to our … Continue reading

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“The Crewel Needle” by Gerald Kersh

Many is the good man I’ve known who has ruined himself by expecting too much justice. Now, I ask you, what sane man in this world really expects to get … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar

Newspaper, magazine, and podcast reviews proclaimed the book. Other readers whose opinions I trust recommended it. I remember the story from 2010 as amazing and compelling. The probability that I … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

“The Discovery of Telenapota” by Premendra Mitra

Slowly you will drown in the depths of the blackness around you. From your familiar world you will enter another. An unknown mist-clad universe, bereft of all feeling. Time will … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Florence Gordon: A Novel by Brian Morton

Florence Gordon is 75, a cantankerous and blunt woman who earned a reputation for her feminist writings beginning in the 1960s. Now she just wants to be left alone so … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment
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