Welcome to my Virtual Reading Room. In my second issue of the VRR, I will share with you the titles & other details on a few new & old books found in the J. Ardis Bell Library’s circulating book collections. I truly enjoyed reading this group of books and trust you will too.
June 5, 2012 marked the death of a notable author, Ray Bradbury, and the release on DVD of a 2011 movie based on a John Le Carre novel, brought to mind stories I enjoyed reading in the past and prompted me to read them again. I wasn’t disappointed. These two events got me started on the path that led to Issue 2 of the VRR. I encourage you to follow me down this path and add these books to your own reading list.
It was not my intent to have subject theme in any issue of the VRR but that is exactly what I unknowingly did. As I began to write the brief descriptions of these five books, I noticed that these books are all about sneaking around, spying & betrayal in one form or another on both the professional and personal levels. I hope that you enjoy that kind of stuff as much as I do- vicariously, of course!
In anticipation of stimulating your interest enough that you will browse the books featured below, I have once again gathered some relevant links (notice how I occasionally toss in library jargon to desensitize you J ?) which will facilitate your browsing experience.
I have included a link that will take you to the TCCD Libraries’ Catalog, for virtual browsing of each title. For those folks who prefer to browse content with the book in hand, I have included the Library of Congress subject heading call number ( i.e. the book’s home address in the stacks) aka LC#, and the International Standard Book Number aka ISBN # or in some cases the International Standard Serial Number aka ISNN #.
Death in the city of light: the serial killer of Nazi-occupied Paris written by David King published in 2011. This is a riveting biography of a heartless serial killer, Marcel Petiot, who murdered people who were trying to flee to a safe haven during the Nazi occupation of Paris France from the late 1930’s to the mid 1040’s. This true story is both amazing & unbelievable. If brutal injustice and/or violence disturb you, this book is not for you.
TCCD Libraries Catalog Link: – http://library.tccd.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=467528
LC#:HV6248.P43 K56 2011
Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury and first published in 1951and republished many times afterward.
This classic contains all of those “hot button triggers” that motivate librarians to unite, take stands and get on soap-boxes to speak out. You know the ones: against book burning, censorship and jacket booted bureaucrats who send fireman to burn your house down, if you own a book or read one.
TCCD Libraries Catalog Link: http://library.tccd.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=212389
LC#: PS3503.R167 F3 2003
Our man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the hidden history of the CIA written by Jefferson Morley, published in 2008 with the foreword written by Michael Scott son of Winston Scott. This is a well written, entertaining biography of a CIA Mexico City station chief, Winston Scott. It is about spies, spies and more spies all around the world and covers a lot of ground including his life during the Cold War with Russia, the Bay of Pigs Cuban Missile crisis and uncovers one more link between the CIA and the JFK assassination. It is a thriller and gives cause to speculate in some ‘what if” scenarios.
TCCD Libraries Catalog Link: http://library.tccd.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=376276
LC#: JK468.I6 S376
Tinker, Tailor, soldier, spy written by John Le Carre, first edition published 1974 and has been made into a public television mini-series, and at least one movie version, Le Carre is a master of suspense and a true craftsman of a spy novel. If you have seen the movie, then the book is “must read” as it explains in great detail the intelligence service and the world of espionage. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book first. However, if you read the book before the movie, you may be disappointed in the movie because you will know all that the screenplay left out.
TCCD Libraries Catalog Link: http://library.tccd.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=10933
LC#: PR6062.E33 T5 1974
Worm: the first digital world war written by Mark Bowden, published 2011. In this book we make jump from the cold war both fictional and not right into a new type of warfare in the digital age where words like computer crime, computer viruses and cyber-terrorism is a part of our everyday vocabulary. The story is of the page turner variety and real head shaker, as in shaking your head and saying things out loud like “how did this happen? And Why weren’t we informed?” It is also the kind of book that you want to be fiction but isn’t.
TCCD Libraries Catalog Link: http://library.tccd.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=458873
LC#: HV6773. 15 C97 B68 2011
To all those faculty member out there returning to the campus for the Fall 2012 semester, if any of you are interested in being a “Guest Reviewer” for issues of my Virtual Reading Room , please contact me @ 817-515-6625 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be quite honored to publish your views.
Until next time …. happy reading!
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