Fall has finally arrived and with it cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and American-style football. To me this is the perfect time of year to spend a lazy weekend afternoon or crisp early evening reading a good book along with an enjoyable adult beverage. To help usher in the season, I recently borrowed a half-dozen books from the library, all of which look promising.
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading to encourage bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write-up your post, steal the Library Loot pic and link your post using the Mr. Linky on Claire’s blog.
- Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon Bewes – Claire including this one in her Library Loot post back in December. Looks perfect for Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge.
- The Rise of Athens: The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilization by Anthony Everitt – Prominently displayed as a library staff favorite, another book for the European Reading Challenge.
- Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick – Another library staff favorite, Warrick’s 2015 critically-acclaimed book on the birth of ISIS was impossible to resist.
- To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw – I’m trying to read more books on 20th century European history. If this one is half as good as Kershaw’s superb The Global Age: Europe 1950-2017 I’ll be a happy camper.
- The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman – Until I read Paul French’s City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai I had no idea pre-World War II Shanghai was home to a vibrant and influential Jewish community. I wanna do another Trio of China Books post and this looks like an ideal candidate.
- The Lions’ Den: Zionism and the Left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky by Susie Linfield – A few months back my world affairs discussion group read and discussed Peter Beinart’s Guardian piece “A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return.” Linfield’s 2019 book looks like great follow-up reading to Beinart’s bold and arguably controversial article, as well as the perfect lead-in to the 1970 Michael Selzer- edited anthology Zionism Reconsidered: The Rejection of Jewish Normalcy, a copy of which I acquired two years ago.