A time of reflection

Curated by: Kayla Thompson, Adult Services, Cape Girardeau Public Library

November is always a time of reflection for me. Whether that be about myself, the past, or our nation’s history – I find toward the end of the year I begin to look back (I’m sure I am not the only one). Here are a few books to take a brief look through history before we move along into the new year!

Blood & Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America On True Crime by Joe PompeoFor as long as crime has been around, there has been someone somewhere to obsess over it. It’s a tragedy you can’t help but stare at. Blood & Ink sets the stage for a crime that rattled America to its core. Full of scandal – this Jazz Age look into true crime history is sure to leave its mark on your mind.

Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous And Heroic Voyage Of The Karluk by Buddy Levy This one might be fun for anyone interested in exploration and expeditions. Considered the “last great voyage of the Heroic Age of Discovery”, this story follows two very different leaders with two very different tragic outcomes. 1913 the Karluk took off on an expedition only to get stuck in the ice weeks later. Does anyone make it out alive?

Black Rodeo: A History of the African American Western by Mia Mask – Any film buffs out there? This one might be for you! Mask’s book takes a look at the African-American western hero and its place within film history. Full of rich and well-researched facts, this one takes a look at how black westerns evolved into the modern-day plots of movies like Django Unchained.

Nero: Matricide, Music, and Murder in Imperial Rome by Anthony Everitt and Roddy Ashworth: It seems like whenever Rome was involved there was always some sort of drama and scandal. Where Nero was concerned, this was probably more true than others. Though one of the bloodiest leaders of the empire, it appears that by some he was loved. There are always two sides to every story, including Nero’s.