Category Archives: Current Table Reading

American Moonshot

At the beginning of Advent we finished reading American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley. The book closely tracks Kennedy’s career and involvement with the race for space.  With his death the book effectively … Continue reading

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If

Two weeks ago we finished If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years by Christopher Benfey.  One surprising feature of this biography is that Rudyard Kipling was actually in New England for a good portion of this time, not so … Continue reading

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Hawthorne & Franklin Pierce

At the end of Why Read Moby Dick, Nathanael Philbrick recounts the story of how Herman Melville’s friend, Nathanael Hawthorne, had written a campaign biography for the presidential candidate Franklin Pierce.  Hawthorne and Pierce had been friends since their college … Continue reading

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Why Read Moby Dick

Two weeks ago we finished reading Nathanael Philbrick’s Why Read Moby Dick.  We have read Philbrick before at table, notably, Mayflower.  This new book, a short quick read even at table, is an encouragement for you the reader, yes you, … Continue reading

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One Goal

Two weeks ago we finished Amy Bass’s One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together.  Bass tells the story of the Somali refugees who moved to Lewiston, Maine and how the Lewiston High … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Seton: American Saint

Over Lent and well into the Easter Season we read Elizabeth Seton: American Saint by Catherine O’Donnell.  St. Elizabeth Seton lived in the Baltimore area in the years of the early American republic.  In her early adult life, once her … Continue reading

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Dead Wake

Just as we broke for the Lenten season, we were reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.  Perhaps the most significant fact to learn from this narrative is that the sinking of the Lusitania (May … Continue reading

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