Helen Hamlin's 1945 bestseller Nine Mile Bridge: Three Years in the Maine Woods is a wonderful story of living in the north woods of Maine. Its descriptions of winter are delightful and will cool anyone off. Martha Barkley, Belgrade Lakes, Me.
I reread Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, then Geraldine Brooks's 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel March. This excellent book is the story of the March girls' father during the Civil War and is a thought-provoking read that covers that period and the moral dilemmas of every war. Marty Marsh, Fort Collins, Colo.
The Imperial Presidency by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, provides a stark awakening as to how vulnerable our constitutional system is to presidential decisions made without the benefit of an adequate execution of sufficient checks and balances. Reading this brilliantly written book for the first time this summer, I better understand what has led this country into costly conflicts that have proved to have been very much against the best interests of this country. It is well worth reading by all caring Americans. Gordon Blizard, Millsboro, Del.
Currently on my bedside table (and in my handbag as I travel through the day) is Alison Lurie's The Nowhere City. The "nowhere city" is '60s Los Angeles where Katherine and Paul Cattleman have moved from Boston. …