Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont’s Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondack by Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is a well-known environmental activist and author. While inventorying our library’s travel collection, I came across his 2005 title Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful … Continue reading

September 9, 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

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

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

July 22, 2015 · 1 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

I Was a Child by Bruce Erik Kaplan

Our job as children growing up is to accept and reject. Accept our parents for who they are. Reject some of their ways. Be close if possible in loyalty, but … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

At a time when memoirs are fashionable, Sonia Sotomayor has published an autobiography. My Beloved World is not her full life story, for she ends the book with becoming a … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment