Category Archives: Current Table Reading

Getting Religion

A few weeks back we started reading Kenneth Woodward’s Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama.  Woodward was the longtime religion editor for Newsweek magazine.  The book makes for excellent table … Continue reading

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The Invisibles

A couple of weeks ago, we finished our immersion into the gilded age of the Vanderbilts, and our table reading has now turned to the early republic and the slave-owning practices of the first presidents.  This new book is The … Continue reading

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Updating 2016

If you faithfully read every new entry you may be wondering if we have cut down on table reading in the abbey.  We have not, but alas I have not been keeping up with my entries of some good and … Continue reading

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Moscow Nights

Earlier this week we finished reading at table the fascinating Moscow Nights:  The Van Cliburn Story – How One Man and His Piano Transformed the Cold War by Nigel Cliff.

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When Books Went to War

Last week we finished reading When Books Went to War:  The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning.

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Alice Roosevelt Longworth

In a chapter on the descendants of presidents in Brady Carlson’s Dead Presidents, there are these priceless quips from Alice Roosevelt Longworth, T.R.’s daughter: “As for Herbert Hoover, she said, the Hoover vacuum cleaner is more exciting than the president.  … Continue reading

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Dead Presidents

Having finished the pope’s The Name of God is Mercy, we are currently making our way through the surprisingly fascinating Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson.  While … Continue reading

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