Written by an architect, this book has great pictures of the inside and outside of 49 distinctive libraries. I greatly enjoyed looking at the pictures...moreWritten by an architect, this book has great pictures of the inside and outside of 49 distinctive libraries. I greatly enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading about these libraries, BUT, was very frustrated by the lack of an index and the non-apparent order of the contents. I would have loved to have had a map featuring all of these locations or at least a geographical index. The libraries are listed in the contents by the name of the library followed by the name of the architect/firm. For instance Robertson Branch Library (Los Angeles) or Auburn Library (Washington) give no clue in advance about where they might be located.
Still, because of the subject matter and the interesting articles/pictures, I'll give this book four stars. I was glad to see two libraries featured that are in my general vicinity and a few more that I have visited.
The dust jacket is missing from the copy which I borrowed from the Arizona State University Library which makes the book look very boring compared to the nice picture featured on the jacket I've seen elsewhere, but that is typical of college libraries.(less)
A hospice type book with 60 illustrated vignettes about death – variously aimed at the dying, caregivers, survivors, and family and friends of any of...moreA hospice type book with 60 illustrated vignettes about death – variously aimed at the dying, caregivers, survivors, and family and friends of any of those. A quick and poignant,though shallow look at various aspects of death and dying.
My father shared this with me during and after the recent death of my mother. Made me wonder about the expression "good grief."(less)
I greatly enjoyed this historical look at the development of the US federal highway system which begins with a short history of road building in the U...moreI greatly enjoyed this historical look at the development of the US federal highway system which begins with a short history of road building in the United States, which stalled in the mid 1800s due to the railroads and canals. The bicycle movement of the late 1800s brought increased pressure for better roads and then of course came the automobile. Focusing primarily on the men, and a couple of assisting women, who were involved in the push for and development of the highways in the 1900s for the first half of the book, I was surprised at the amount of information included on the anti-highway movement, beginning with Lewis Mumford.
A few historical photos of men and roads are included but the only maps are on the front and back endpapers and with a library book are impossible to see in one view. Quite disappointed that there weren't more maps. I especially liked the information about the development of the number system and some of the other sometimes wacky suggestions for identifying the roads.
Limited information included on the "trails" or promotional roads that preceded the federal system. Several pages on the Lincoln Highway.
Other trails mentioned include: Dixie Highway eastern branch from Detroit through Cincinnati and Knoxville and a western branch from Chicago through Indianapolis and Nashville connected by perpendicular rungs in every state. Yellowstone Trail from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound. Jefferson Davis Highway from D.C. to San Francisco via New Orleans. Lakes to Gulf Highway linking Duluth, Minnesota to Galveston, Texas with headquarters in Chillicothe, Missouri.
By the early 1920s there were at least 250 named trails including the ones mentioned above being among the best known. Others included the Victory Highway, the Jefferson, the Roosevelt, the Apache Trail and the Bee Line, the Red Star, Red Ball, and Red X. More than 40 crossed Indiana and 64 were registered in Iowa.
No bibliography but 30 pages of notes and references. I'll be adding some titles to my TBR list.
A rehash of The Ultimate Gift with a few more details thrown in as the relatives of the young man, who got control of the largest share of the inherit...moreA rehash of The Ultimate Gift with a few more details thrown in as the relatives of the young man, who got control of the largest share of the inheritance, dispute the will and hire a high-powered lawyer to get their "rightful inheritance." Not necessary to read both books unless a longer period of time between the readings.
Still a great summary of what is truly important in life and recommended for anyone who needs an inspiration or boost.(less)
Although simplified and overdone this is a great summary of what is truly important in life told in a short novel, a parable of a young man whose inhe...moreAlthough simplified and overdone this is a great summary of what is truly important in life told in a short novel, a parable of a young man whose inheritance is dependent on satisfying a year's worth of challenges designed to test his ability to appreciate the assets through a series of gifts including the gifts of work, money, friends, learning, problems, family, laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude, a day, and love.
In a Wall Street Journal article entitled A Novel Idea about personal finance and literature, Gary Pinkerton of Pinkerton Wealth Management LLC is quoted, "the book often spurs family conversations about how to be good stewards of an inheritance, and gives clients some training tools."