Friday, July 8, 2016


Summertime and reading make for a great combination. What’s on the Monrovia Public Library shelves that might pique your interest? Let’s take a look at some of the latest, most riveting non-fiction books! There's something here for every reader!

Television watchers know journalist Anderson Cooper for his work on CNN, but may not know that his mother Gloria Vanderbilt was once one of America’s best known celebrities, an heiress to a famous family fortune. Long before O J Simpson, the divorce proceedings of her parents was called the trial of the century. In the touching The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss, the two correspond with each other about their past and present in a series of candid conversations. 

 If American history is your topic then look for Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution. Philbrick, known for his meticulous research and captivating storytelling skills, contrasts two iconic personalities, both generals during the tumultuous times prior to independence. This sweeping narrative reads like good fiction.

The Supreme Court is never far from the headlines when delivering its latest decisions. Then Comes Marriage: The United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA is written by Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued the cause of gay marriage before the court and won. The book not only presents the legal aspects of the landmark case, but also gives an intimate view into the lives of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, who wanted to recognize their relationship as a married couple. 

So much has been written about the intelligence of primates, but The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman reveals that our avian friends are not bird brains. Instead they are smart, tool-using creatures. The author wisely mixes science with fascinating tidbits to make this a marvelously readable book.

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