Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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

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

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Groundbreaking Reads: Ideas That Shook the World is the theme of the adult summer reading program at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library. Our intent is to inspire readers by emphasizing … Continue reading

June 9, 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

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

When I see articles about nonfiction readers’ advisory or attend a workshop on that topic, I invariably notice a plug for the now considered-classic title Salt: A World History by … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment