Books & Ideas

FLYING SOLO  CRAIG COOK, ALICIA’S FATHER  When Alicia was fourteen, she sent me a letter. She said she didn’t want to have any part of me and that she wanted me to go away. I was living in Colorado with…Read more

‘Such Hope in My Heart’  The quest of the handsome prince was complete. He had found his fair maiden and the world had its fairytale. In her ivory tower, Cinderella was unhappy, locked away from her friends, her family and…Read more

THEODORE  “I rose like a rocket”  Theodore Roosevelt, like Abraham Lincoln, was twenty-three years old when he made his first foray into the political world—but there the similarities end. In Lincoln’s rural environment, anyone who wanted to be a candidate…Read more

A Promised Land
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A Promised Land

Barack Obama

OF ALL THE ROOMS and halls and landmarks that make up the White House and its grounds, it was the West Colonnade that I loved best.  For eight years that walkway would frame my day, a minute-long, open-air commute from…Read more

The Best of Me
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The Best of Me

David Sedaris

The Incomplete Quad  I spent my high-school years staring at the pine trees outside my classroom window and picturing myself on the campus of an Ivy League university, where my wealthy roommate Colgate would leave me notes reading, “Meet me…Read more

Orry George Kelly was born on December 31, 1897 in Kiama, New South Wales, a small coastal town seventy-three miles from Sydney. Kelly grew to love nightlife, art, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. The drinking was a paternal…Read more