America

Today, I’m recommending Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder. This compelling, eye-opening tale describes the author’s experience immersing herself into the “workamper” community, a contemporary nomadic population largely made up of transient older Americans living on the road.

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Some may believe that standing, hand over heart, for "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a profoundly patriotic gesture, but as a measure of homage to homeland it out-and-out pales in comparison to the giddy excesses America--and the world--took when going off to war a hundred years ago. 

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Some may believe that standing, hand over heart, for "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a profoundly patriotic gesture, but as a measure of homage to homeland it out-and-out pales in comparison to the giddy excesses America--and the world--took when going off to war a hundred years ago. 

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Inspiration can strike from anywhere. Reading the obits one day, Kenneth Jones came across the story of Emily Wheelock Reed, a librarian who lived and worked in Alabama during the 1950's and 60's. Trouble began for her when she added illustrator Garth Williams' book The Rabbits' Wedding to her stacks, a book that portrays the marriage of a black rabbit and a white rabbit.

Check It Out: Destiny of the Republic

Sep 27, 2016

The Sioux City Public Library's Jessi Wakefield recommends Destiny of the Republic.

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Support for Check It Out comes from Avery Brothers.  

One Book One Siouxland will kick off the 2016 season at the Orpheum Theatre this Thursday. Built in 1927, the venue couldn't be more perfect for a party which will send everybody off reading One Summer, America 1927. The novel, written by Iowa native Bill Bryson, rebuilds vivid events from history, taking the reader into the time when Babe Ruth clobbered 60 homers in a season and Charles Lindbergh proved the Atlantic Ocean surmountable.