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2017 Best Books

One can do a lot worse that perusing The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017. Other lists worth a gander include Best Books of 2017 (The Washington Post), Best Books 2017 (The Guardian), The 50 best books of 2017  (The Telegraph), Best Books 2017 (Publishers Weekly), Best Books 2017 (Library Journal), The Best Books of 2017 (Amazon), Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing  (New York Public Library), Ten Best Books About Food of 2017 (Smithsonian), and Best Fiction of 2017 By Category (Kirkus Reviews).

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Illustrated Book Covers

Those of us who enjoy books also enjoy the book covers that encompass them. Many of them are works of art in themselves and were created by artists of some renown. (Check out Edward Gorey’s book covers for other authors.) Almost 500 examples of illustrated book covers can be found here. And here is an extremely informative article of this subject accompanied by splendid reproductions of this special art form.

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Free Online Audiobooks

Thousands of books, chapters, and short stories are available for free listening and downloading from LibriVox. While the works are in the public domain, there are plenty of interesting pre-1923 works here: Henry James, Herman Melville, Frederick Marryat (if not the father of naval fiction, then at least the father of British naval fiction), Jules Verne, H.G. Wells among others. You can also search by title as well as genre.

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What Books Do Highly Ranked Military Officers Read?

Please look at this list from the new book, The Leader’s Bookshelf. You might be surprised to find Isaac Asimov (it certainly has been his week in this blog) is listed as well as Patrick O’Brian (Among my all-time favorite authors. He wrote like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and those are both authors of whom I just can’t get enough.) P.S. I have read 30 of the 50.

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ABC Books

Books developed to allow children to learn their alphabet have existed for years. This site from Princeton –  ABC Books – reproduces fifty-four of these primers, ranging from 1805 to 1987. “Far from simply ‘A is for Apple,’ these rare texts cover a diverse scope of subject matters and approaches such as a ‘fisherman’s’ alphabet from 1823 or a sign-language alphabet from 1974.” Of interest to many disciplines.

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National Academies Press Guide to President Trump’s Speech

The National Academies Press has issued its guide to President Trump’s recent speech to Congress; it presents his address along with links to relevant NAP volumes. This gives you a good idea of the scope and depth of the Press; almost 9000 volumes are freely available. And while technically, his appearance was not a State of the Union event, this FAQ from CRS is still relevant.

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What Books Meant to President Obama

If you want to read the transcript of the interview President Obama had with The New York Times, it is here

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