March is National Reading Month…

…And a great time to open a new book or old favorite story.

Last week my wife and I attended a REALTOR® Issues Conference in Scottsdale and one of our speakers, Doris Kearns Goodwin, amazed and captivated me. She is known as “America’s Historian-in Chief” for her books about our American presidents.  Ms. Goodwin wrote Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and Steven Spielberg acquired the rights to develop the feature film Lincoln based upon her book. She “lives” with the presidents in her stories as she researches and compiles notes about her subjects. Doris spoke, barely taking a breath, about her newest narrative, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. I can’t wait to read the book!

Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library sponsor a free author evening series, http://lib.colostate.edu/about/news/, and it is always a great experience. Last month my favorite youngest daughter and I had the privilege to hear William Ury, (The First Step in Any Negotiation, Conflict or Difficult Conversation) is Getting to YES with Yourself. Mr. Ury is cofounder of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

In my book club this year, I already have two favorites: Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked The Civil War by Tony Horwitz, and A Higher Call by Adam Makos. I received Adam Makos’ book as a Christmas gift from my favorite middle daughter and I couldn’t put the book down. The author now lives in Denver but grew up in PA, a WWII junky because of the stories told by his two grandfathers.  Side note: my wife’s father was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed and my father served in the army in Europe, so we both had similar experiences. Fast forward to college where Adam was interviewing veterans and publishing a magazine about WWII with a mission statement of “Preserving the sacrifices of America’s veteran’s”. However, the story does not focus on the conflict of WWII, but the human spirit that can draw together two souls on opposite sides of the war.

The National Education Association’s Read Across America always kicks off on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s birthdate. Although Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991, his widow has recently found new manuscripts of his works. On July 28, 2015, look for a new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? Happy reading!

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