Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton c. 2007 checked-in at SPL
This is a wonderful description of an idealistic US librarian who goes to Kenya to start a bookmobile serving semi-nomadic groups. There are serious issues of tradition vs the modern world and eager outsider bumping up against Kenyan bureaucracy. Lots for a book group to discuss.
The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America by David Domke and Kevin Koe c 2008 A few holds at SPL
The title give a good idea of the topic but does not convey how readible the book is. From FDR to Bush II this book chronicles how polititians have used religion to appeal to voters. This work is especially helpful as we hear from the current crop of candidates.
Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson c 2003 a few holds at SPL
Set in 17th c England, this novel involves three main characters: a conflicted Puritan, a street urchin who became an adventurer and a spy who was rescued from a Turkish harem. Sounds like a good one for the plane or the beach.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin c 2003 checked-in at SPL
This very readable history tells how Lincoln brought his opponants together to form the most unusual cabinet in the history of the US. By involving men who were not his cronies, Lincoln got a team that did much to win the Civil War.