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

July 29, 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

Gloomy Terrors and Hidden Fires: The Mystery of John Colter and Yellowstone by Ronald M. Anglin and Larry E. Morris

Who was John Colter? He was a companion of Lewis and Clark on their trek across the continent from 1803 to 1806 and is often credited with discovering what later … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger

Before our trip to Florence and Rome this winter, I perused several guidebooks and magazine articles. About a week before our departure, I started Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Why would anyone keep several lavish homes that they never visit? This is the question that Bill Dedman, an investigative reporter for NBC, sought to answer when he began an … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

China‚Äôs Empress Dowager Cixi, who reigned at the turn of the last century, has long been portrayed as a reactionary tyrant who usurped the power of youthful emperors and spent … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

These were my questions before I read My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead: Would I find a book about a woman’s relationship to a single book interesting? How much … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment