Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

In her comments since writing The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, Rachel Joyce says that she resisted writing this companion book to her wildly popular The Unlikely Pilgrimage of … Continue reading

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“Going to Meet the Man” by James Baldwin

All that singing… They were singing to God. They were singing for mercy and they hoped to go to heaven, and he had even sometimes felt, when looking into the eyes … Continue reading

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“It is with the Deepest Sincerity that I Offer Prayers…” by Tatsuaki Ishiguro

Winged mouse research took off on a massive scale. Naturally, researchers must have hoped that any finding related to the winged mouse would make for a first-class paper… I’m not … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell

After their parents mysteriously disappeared on Florida’s Styx river, young Margaret and Jerry Larkin had to struggle to take over the family farm. Now, fifteen years later, the same fate that took her parents … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

Living in New Orleans has always been dangerous. Hurricanes, flooding, and tropical diseases were among the natural dangers present even before widespread settlement. As a busy port for French and … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates” by Pat Murphy

At this distance from the blast site of the bomb that took out San Jose, I figure I received a medium-sized dose of radiation. Not enough for instant death, but … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner

This was the most precious of all freedoms… Freedom to become the person you chose to be instead of the person remembered by the computers… It was the enchanted sword, … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · Leave a comment
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