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Lunchtime at the Oswego Public Library

Join the Friends of the Library at noon every Tuesday in October to learn all about a fascinating book. Each week a speaker will review a different title, answer questions, and everyone can enjoy the refreshments.

October 5 @ noon
Italian Americans: Bridges to Italy, Bonds to America
edited by Luciano Iorizzo and Ernest E. Rossi
Reviewer: Luciano Iorizzo

In this volume attesting to the Italian American Influence on the United States, nine professors of Italian American studies and a curator of an ethnic museum provide original essays on the Italian American experience, using the theme bridges to Italy and bonds to America.

October 12 @ noon
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
by James Bradley
Reviewer: Michael Goldych

Bradley’s first books, Flags of Our Fathers (2000) and Flyboys (2003), were sensationally popular World War II combat stories. His new one, about U.S.-Japanese diplomacy in 1905, represents a departure. Asserting a causal connection between diplomatic understandings reached then and war 36 years later, Bradley dramatizes his case with a delegation Theodore Roosevelt dispatched to Japan in the summer of 1905. Led by Secretary of War William Taft and ornamented by the President’s quotable daughter Alice, it sailed while Teddy hosted the peace conference between victorious Japan and defeated Russia. As he recounts the itinerary of Taft’s cruise, Bradley discusses attitudes of social Darwinism and white superiority that were then prevalent and expressed by Teddy and Taft.

October 19 @ noon
Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
by Dava Sobel
Reviewer: Barbara McCormack

This is the story of the famous scientist and his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste. Sobel bases her book on 124 surviving letters to the scientist from the nun, whom Galileo described as “a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and tenderly attached to me.” Their loving correspondence revealed much about their world: the agonies of the bubonic plague, the hardships of monastic life, even Galileo’s occasional forgetfulness (“The little basket, which I sent you recently with several pastries, is not mine, and therefore I wish you to return it to me.”)

October 26 @ noon
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
Reviewer: Laura Suchnicki

Rev. Standage starts with a bold hypothesis — that each epoch, from the Stone Age to the present, has had its signature beverage — and takes readers on an extraordinary trip through world history. “It (grain) was a sort of edible money, and it was consumed in both liquid and solid forms, as bread and beer.” Beer is the first glass followed by wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coke.

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