FSPL Reading List: January-08

Hello World,

The turn of a New Year is always an occasion for high hopes. Whether your resolutions are achievable or merely admirable (say, actually getting through that stack of books on your night stand before next year), we’ve been plowing through our reading lists with burning ambition, unfulfilled desires, and brilliant realizations. Below we share our booklist from this week’s Friends meeting –

roman.gif The Decline and Fall of the Holy Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
“Well, it’s been on my shelf for a number of years now and now I can see why. It’s the most convoluted, rambling tale I’ve ever read!”
snow1.gif The Palace of the Snow Queen by Barbara Sjoholm
“I like stories about snow and cold places. This is the story of a local Seattle writer who goes to Norway and writes a travelogue (of sorts) about what the fascination is behind ice, snow, and wanting to sleep in an ice palace.”
ronnie.gif Ronnie by Ronnie Wood
“Story of long-term Rolling Stone rhythm guitarist who describes his relationships with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts; his evolution as a musician at the height of the band’s success; and his perspectives on the music scene of the 1960s – really interesting!”
steve.gif Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
“Story of Steve Martin’s life and career. I don’t read much fiction, but his book was so pleasant, I’m looking forward to checking out his other work. He’s had an interesting life.”
spy.gif “So there are two men I could marry tomorrow if given the chance: George Smiley and J P Beaumont. The new York Times commented that the novel An Ordinary Spy, the hero within is the hero for the Enron set. The book has redactions (a la CIA) throughout – every page. I loved it!”
devil.gif Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
“A pick from my book club…there is a constant sense of foreboding, a prologue, aboard the Olympic (1912), which was crossing the Atlantic opposite the Titanic — Frozen music (Chicago, 1890-1891)…. I haven’t made it to the end yet, but it’s been a hard book to read right before bed. It should come with a warning to watch 30 minutes of cartoons (or news) before actually retiring.”

Just click on the links in this post and it will take you to the SPL site to reserve your copies today!


3 thoughts on “FSPL Reading List: January-08

  1. This is fabulous! I love how you displayed the covers of the books for quick reference and even quicker reference by clicking on the title I can find a copy within the library catalog. You just made my life easier! Thank you!

  2. this blog is seductive. i love it. how did you get such accurate quotes? recording? in particular i love what part of the review you used for The Decline And Fall Of The Holy Roman Empire. and wasn’t that first line from the review of The Palace Of The Snow Queen great? I was trying to remember it tonite and here it is.

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