Sheryn Morris


  • Book cover for On all fronts : the education of a journalist

    On all fronts : the education of a journalist

    by Ward, Clarissa, 1980-

    October 19, 2020

    Call Number: 809.295092 W257

    War is hell for those who fight and definitely for civilian populations caught in the crosshairs. War correspondents, who are embedded with troops, have their own versions of hell, which Clarissa Ward writes about in her autobiography and chronicle of what it is like to be a broadcast journalist reporting from the world’s nastiest streets. If you think of any wars, conflicts, natural disasters that have occurred over the past 19 years, Clarissa Ward has been there to report on them: in parts of Africa, Afghanistan, Burma, China, Egypt, Gaza, Greenland, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Russia,... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The well-gardened mind : the restorative power of nature

    The well-gardened mind : the restorative power of nature

    by Stuart-Smith, Sue

    October 8, 2020

    Call Number: 615.8515 S932

    For many years Sue Stuart-Smith regarded gardening as a form of “outdoor housework.” It was the life of the mind that she sought, and states, “ … I would no more have plucked a weed than baked a scone or washed the curtains.” She knew that gardening was a part of her family’s history, which she writes about. For her, it was not until some crises and interactions took place, that Stuart-Smith changed her attitude about gardening, which resulted in a profound refocus about her personal and professional life. There were gardening connections in her past, and there would be more in her future.... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Our riches

    Our riches

    by Adimi, Kaouther, 1986-

    September 29, 2020

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    Kaouther Adimi has based this historical novel on Les Vraies Richesses (Our True Wealth), a famous Algerian bookstore, which was a publishing house and a lending library. In 1935 Edmond Charlot established the store in the city of Algiers, with the motto “by the young, for the young.” The store was destroyed several times because of wars, revolutions, and changing economies. Charlot was from a French colonial family, and was born in Algeria. Those Europeans born in Algeria between 1830 and 1962 were known as Pied-Noirs, about and for whom there continues to be controversy.  He was a... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Zandra Rhodes : 50 fabulous years in fashion

    Zandra Rhodes : 50 fabulous years in fashion

    by Rhodes, Zandra, 1940-

    August 26, 2020

    Call Number: 746.52 R477-1 folio

    Who is that woman on the cover of the book? A holdover, punk rock fashion designer? The appearance, clothes and art are by design, but her name is not. For over 50 years, Dame Zandra Rhodes has been actively designing textiles, clothes and anything else that she has the creative impulse to work on. Friends, designers, artists, fashion designers and colleagues pay homage to her in this collection of essays. There are fond remembrances of this iconoclast, for whom originality is not a word, but a way of life.  As they tell it, she was always full of surprises, and she still is.Very much... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The year 1000 : when explorers connected the world -- and globalization began

    The year 1000 : when explorers connected the world -- and globalization began

    by Hansen, Valerie, 1958-

    July 29, 2020

    Call Number: 909 H249

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “globalization” is not that old a word and refers to:“The action, process, or fact of making global; esp. (in later use) the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale, widely considered to be at the expense of national identity.” When we speak about globalization today, it is usually about international trade and the legal documents that formalize it. The concept of globalization existed centuries ago, and Valerie Hansen, scholar, writer and professor... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The chiffon trenches : a memoir

    The chiffon trenches : a memoir

    by Talley, André Leon

    July 7, 2020

    Call Number: 746.52 T148-2

    Fashion journalist André Leon Talley’s autobiography could not be more prescient, and not just for fashion followers. Written before the pandemic and recent protest movements, the four and a half page introduction validates the concerns and issues which are playing out on the streets of the world: “For so long I was the only person of color in the upper echelons of fashion journalism,but I was too busy pushing forward, making it to the next day, to really think about the responsibility that came with this role. Memories linger in the mind … Now I realize it is my duty to tell the story... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Disturbance: surviving Charlie Hebdo

    Disturbance: surviving Charlie Hebdo

    by Lançon, Philippe

    May 26, 2020

    Call Number: 363.3259074436 L251

    On January 7, 2015, two gunmen forced their way into the Paris offices of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The newspaper was known for its criticism of individuals, organizations, governments and countries. The staff were egalitarian about whom and what they stridently satirized in images and writing, and because of this drew the attention and anger from many religious, political and ethnic groups. Their office had been attacked before, and was relocated to an unmarked building, with armed guards. With guns firing, the two male attackers... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

    by Didion, Joan.

    May 5, 2020

    Call Number: 973.92 D556 2008

    During this century, Joan Didion has become somewhat better known for personal tragedies, which she wrote about in The Year of Magical Thinking.  When it was published, I could not finish reading it, and still have not. Long ago, in the last century, the first book of hers that I read was Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of essays. It may have been assigned in a high school English class, or I found it in a small local... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The widow Clicquot : the story of a champagne empire and the woman who ruled it

    The widow Clicquot : the story of a champagne empire and the woman who ruled it

    by Mazzeo, Tilar J.

    March 16, 2020

    Call Number: 663.2092 C636Ma

    This biography of a woman and a wine, takes place in the early 1800s, in France, at a time when women did not conduct business, let alone take over their husband's business. However Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin was no oridnary woman. She had witnessed the French Revolution, lived through the Napoleonic Wars, national banking disasters, and the death of her husband, possibly from typhus or by suicide. Monsieur Clicquot had a dream of making a superior champagne, which his young widow was determined to make a reality. With determination, innate savviness, and advice from her own family... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Incidental inventions

    Incidental inventions

    by Ferrante, Elena,

    March 2, 2020

    Call Number: 858 F373

    Over the past few years Elena Ferrante has become very well known for her Neapolitan Novel Series, and for the recent television dramatization of the books, which LAPL owns:  part one.  Season two begins March 16 on HBO.  She has written other novels which can be found... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for The American story : conversations with master historians

    The American story : conversations with master historians

    by Rubenstein, David M.,

    February 24, 2020

    Call Number: 907 R895

    These conversations with master historians were the result of a “spur of the moment” idea that came to philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who is a major supporter of The Library of Congress and The National Book Festival, as well as supporting other projects which preserve our national heritage. This would be, “ A series of interviews with accomplished American historians about their books, in front of an audience principally comprising members of Congress."... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Anthony Bourdain remembered.

    Anthony Bourdain remembered.

    February 10, 2020

    Call Number: 641.092 B768An

    Anthony Bourdain was a charmer, armed with wit and brilliance, and a mischievous smile, and probably broke many female hearts with his passion for everything in life.  On television, his walk was a joy to watch, with long arms and legs striding along, venturing forth to get somewhere, to see, to experience, and enticing and encouraging us to come along. With his decision to cut out early (Anthony Bourdain died in early June, 2018, an apparent suicide), he has broken all of our hearts, for those of us who watched his television programs and read his books, and delighted in what he... Read Full Review