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

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

The Goshawk by T. H. White

In the 1930s, before he became famous for writing The Sword in the Stone and The Once and Future King, T. H. White was an impoverished young writer with an … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

The World of the Shorebirds by Harry Thurston

I have been devoting much of my free time to birding this spring, visiting various DuPage County Forest Preserves to see what I might see. My reading, however, is geographically … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson

Having enjoyed The Dead Beat and This Book is Overdue, books about obituary writers and librarians, I am a Marilyn Johnson fan. She is making her mark investigating professions that … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl by Martin Windrow

Martin Windrow considered writing a book about his owl Mumble for over twenty years. Grief among other factors held him back. He needed a bit of distance and perspective before … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley

The campaign to educate the public about the ethical treatment of animals has been long and difficult. Humankind has not been kind to the rest of the animal world. Many … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment