ASSOCIATES (2019, November, v. 26, no. 2)

What are you currently reading or listening to? If you are reading a book is it a traditional ‘book format’ or is it on an electronic device? Also, without providing any spoilers, what is the story about?

I am currently reading “The Promised One” authored by Nancy Guthrie. I am reading the hard copy. I first tried to read this on my Kindle but it didn’t work well for the study so I ended up getting the actual book. Have to admit I much prefer holding a book in my hands!

I am reading this with a group. We are doing a 10 week bible study using this title which provides a fresh look at the book of Genesis, leading readers in discovering how its stories, symbols, people, and promises point to Christ.

Hilary J. Lane
W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

I am currently reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, the sequel to The Handmaids Tale, enough said! And I am reading it in physical hard-cover good old book form.

Beth Williams
North Hall Library
Mansfield University

I just finished reading An Argumentation of Historians, by Jodi Taylor. It’s book #9 of The Chronicles of St. Mary’s. In print. I’ve taken the description directly from the Goodreads site, since my attempts all read like an incoherent hodge-podge. There’s enough recurring material that you will need to start at #1, but the entire series is so entertaining that it shouldn’t be a problem. These books never fail to make me laugh out loud, & – heaven forbid! – I may be learning a little bit of history along the way, too.

“Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”―these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis, from a medieval St. Mary’s under siege to Victorian Rushford and a very nasty case of gaol (jail) fever, Max is struggling to keep her private life intact. There’s an ambitious programme hindered by giant teapots, plus Mrs. Midgely’s objection to dead hamsters in her airing cupboard, and Mr. Markham’s stubborn refusal to reveal his exact marital status.

And as if that’s not enough – the unfortunately not leprosy-laden Malcolm Halcombe is back. Admittedly, none of this is the most secure platform from which to launch an initiative to bring down the renegade Clive Ronan, but hey – what’s the worst that could happen?”

Erica Mayhew
Richmond Hill Public Library
Ontario, Canada

I just finished The Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt, another “untold story” of women who contributed to our history and culture, yet were undervalued and overlooked for years. These women worked as artists, animators, story developers, etc. of practically all of the Disney cartoons and movies that we still enjoy today. They created our familiar characters, influenced the story lines, developed huge portfolios of artwork and concepts that are still being used 60+ years later — yet were harassed and bullied, paid far less than men in similar positions, and received no screen credit for their work. Read this book, then watch all of your Disney favorites again and see the stories in a whole new light!

I read everything in “traditional” book format….if I had no other options, I might have to learn to use audio books or electronic devices, but for me there is nothing better than a nice solid book in my hands.

Diane Hollendonner
Jacksonville Public Library
Jacksonville IL USA

I’m currently reading:
The nocturnal brain: nightmares, neuroscience, and the secret world of sleep, by Guy Leschziner.

Each chapter is about a different sleep disorder or issue. The book mainly consists of describing extreme cases of each, and how they were each treated/managed. Some details on the physiology involved are included, but I don’t think (?) any special knowledge is needed to understand it.

Cyndi MacCluggage
University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT

Currently the hard copy book I’m reading is: The Day The World Came To Town, by Jim DeFede: about the 38 jet planes that were diverted to land in Gander, Newfoundland when the USA closed airspace during the 911 terrorism attack.

I’m listening to: The Fireman, by Joe Hill (Steven King’s son): a post apocalyptic version of America and the world as a “dragon spore” virus infects everyone (almost) and people burst into flame, or learn how not to. And how society reacts emotionally to its sudden downfall.

Allison Sloan
Reading Public Library
Reading, MA

I am reading “Learning Python” by Mark Lutz (O’Reilly, 2013, 5th edition). It’s an introductory textbook about the Python computer programming language. It’s about 1400 pages and I’m on around page 630. It’s one of the best computer textbooks I’ve ever read, and I’ve read quite a few, being an autodidact computer geek. :) I am reading it on my kindle app on my desktop. The features are clearly explained. Yes, the language is named after Monty Python, not the snake. Most of the examples have to do with spam or the Spanish Inquisition. If you’re interested in computer programming, Python is a good place to start. It’s very easy to use and understand. If you are a complete beginner, I would actually start with “Think Python” by Allen B. Downey, but if you have some background already, “Learning Python” is wonderful and very thorough.

Jennifer James
IUPUI University Library
Indianapolis, IN