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Being President of the United States is a more than full time job, but our presidents still find time to sit back with a good book. Here are excellent reads recommended by presidents. 


Andrew Roberts, Winston Churchill
Call Number: 909.09 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Mary Oliver
Description: In A THOUSAND MORNINGS, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her lifes work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she is ever patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.
Call Number: 811 Oli
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Erich Maria Remarque, A. W. (Arthur Wesley) Wheen
Description: A testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of work, duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other, if only he can come out of the war alive.
Call Number: FIC Rem
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Adam Smith, Jonathan B Wight
Description: Adam Smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism.
Call Number: 330 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Maya Angelou
Call Number: 811 Ang
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Niccolò Machiavelli, Christopher Lynch
Call Number: 355.02 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Donna Leon
Description: "During an interrogation, Brunetti acts rashly, doing something he quickly comes to regret, and in the fallout, he realizes that he needs a break. Granted leave from the Questura, Brunetti's wife Paola ships him off to a villa owned by a wealthy relative on Sant'Erasmo, one of the largest islands in the laguna. There he intends to pass his days rowing, and his nights reading Pliny's Natural History. The recuperative stay goes according to plan until David Casati, the caretaker of the house, goes missing following a sudden storm. Now, Brunetti feels compelled to investigate, to set aside his leave of absence and understand what happened to the man who had become his friend."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Leo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Lauren Groff, Will Damron, Julia Whelan
Description: An examination of a marriage that is a portrait of one extraordinary union.
Call Number: FIC Gro
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Ian Fleming, Robert Whitfield
Description: A beautiful Russian girl is used as part of an international conspiracy to kill James Bond, Agent 007. The adventure leads him through Istanbul aboard the Orient Express.
Call Number: FIC Fle
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Jacqueline Winspear
Description: When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Fuhrer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead. But when she stumbles on the deaths of a group of refugees, Maisie suspects the enemy may be closer than anyone knows.
Call Number: FIC Win
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2017
Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
Description: Beginning in the 1950s Elena and Lila grow up in Naples, Italy, mirroring two different aspects of their nation.
Call Number: LP FIC Fer
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Horatio Alger, Carl Bode
Call Number: FIC Alg
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Toni Morrison
Description: Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Louise Penny
Description: As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village? A trail of astounding clues and treasures-from first editions of Charlotte's Web and Jane Eyre to a spider web with the word "Woe" woven in it-lead the Chief Inspector deep into the woods and across the continent in search of the truth, then back to Three Pines as the little village braces for the final, brutal telling.
Call Number: FIC Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
David Halberstam, Edward Herrmann
Description: Explores the lesser-known elements of heroism and pathos that marked the Korean War and evaluates political decisions and miscalculations on both sides of the conflict.
Call Number: 951.9042 Hal
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
William Shakespeare, Stanley. Wells, Gary Taylor
Call Number: 822.3 A1c
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Tom Clancy, J Charles
Description: The Soviets' most valuable ship -- a new ballistic-missile submarine with their most trusted and skilled naval officer at the helm -- is attempting to defect to the United States. It is high treason on an unprecedented scale, and the Soviets' mission is to seek and destroy her at any cost. If the U.S. fleet can locate the Red October and get her safely to port, it will be the intelligence coup of all time. But the submarine has a million square miles in which to hide and the deadly game of hide-and-seek is on.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Charles Todd, Rosalyn Landor, Inc Blackstone Audio, Harper Audio (Firm), Inc Recorded Books
Description: At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher-bearers find an exhausted officer, shivering with cold and a loss of blood from several wounds. The soldier is brought to battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's aid station, where she stabilizes him and treats his injuries before he is sent to a rear hospital. The odd thing is, the officer isn't British, he's French. But in a moment of anger and stress, he shouts at Bess in German. When the French officer disappears in Paris, it's up to Bess, a soldier's daughter as well as a nurse, to find out why, even at the risk of her own life.
Call Number: FIC Tod
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Mar 2, 2017
Cixin Liu, Ken Liu
Description: Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Edward Klein
Description: Presents a critical assessment of Hillary Clinton to consider why she may not be a popular choice for the American presidency.
Call Number: 327.73 Kle
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Leo Tolstoy, Lawrence Jordan
Call Number: FIC Tol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
Thomas Wolfe
Call Number: FIC Wol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 3, 2017
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A History Of The English-speaking Peoples Since 1900
Andrew Roberts, Winston Churchill
909.09 Rob
Ragged Dick, And Struggling Upward
Horatio Alger, Carl Bode
FIC Alg
A Thousand Mornings : [Poems]
Mary Oliver
811 Oli
Song Of Solomon
Toni Morrison
FIC Mor
All Quiet On The Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque, A. W. (Arthur Wesley) Wheen
FIC Rem
The Brutal Telling
Louise Penny
FIC Pen
An Inquiry Into The Nature And Causes Of The Wealth Of Nations
Adam Smith, Jonathan B Wight
330 Smi
The Coldest Winter : America And The Korean War [Audiobook]
David Halberstam, Edward Herrmann
951.9042 Hal
And Still I Rise
Maya Angelou
811 Ang
The Complete Works
William Shakespeare, Stanley. Wells, Gary Taylor
822.3 A1c
Art Of War
Niccolò Machiavelli, Christopher Lynch
355.02 Mac
The Hunt For Red October [Audiobook]
Tom Clancy, J Charles
FIC Cla
Earthly Remains
Donna Leon
FIC Leo
The Shattered Tree [Audiobook]
Charles Todd, Rosalyn Landor, Inc Blackstone Audio, Harper Audio (Firm), Inc Recorded Books
FIC Tod
Fates And Furies: A Novel [Audiobook]
Lauren Groff, Will Damron, Julia Whelan
FIC Gro
The Three-Body Problem [E-book]
Cixin Liu, Ken Liu
From Russia With Love [Audiobook]
Ian Fleming, Robert Whitfield
FIC Fle
Unlikeable : The Problem With Hillary
Edward Klein
327.73 Kle
In This Grave Hour : A Novel
Jacqueline Winspear
FIC Win
Walk In The Light While There Is Light
Leo Tolstoy, Lawrence Jordan
FIC Tol
My Brilliant Friend [Large Print]
Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein
LP FIC Fer
You Can't Go Home Again
Thomas Wolfe
FIC Wol