Author Archive for Tom


Monday, Nov 5, 2018

If you’re a reader of nonfiction, there’s a good chance you’ve read something by Michael Lewis.   The Big Short , The Blind Side , and Moneyball are three of his books (all good reads) that have been made into movies.   His The Undoing...

Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the bus, New books were arranged on the shelves with much fuss; Shawna had placed them, oh with great care, In hopes they’d be borrowed, for they’re to share; Children’s books in the...

Friday, May 12, 2017

The stranger in the woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit is about a man named Christopher Knight who chose to live alone for twenty-seven years in the woods of Maine. His camp was isolated enough to go unnoticed but near enough...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

You've heard of Deepak Chopra, I'm sure.  Being healthy, wealthy, and spiritual - he covers it all.  You could spend the next year of your life reading and listening to his work at ICPL. Deepak’s brother, Sanjiv Chopra, is pretty special too. ...

Friday, Feb 17, 2017

One of my family’s Sunday evening rituals is watching a movie after supper.  Finding one we’re all likely to enjoy is a challenge.   The Princess Bride , The Karate Kid , and The Jungle Book are recent winners, so now my children know Mr....

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016

Still shopping for that special someone? Nothing says "I love you, and have a wonderful holiday!" quite like an Iowa City Downtown Gift Card. Purchase them here . Don't we get enough advertising this time of year without the Library blogging about...

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016

One of my favorite radio programs/podcasts is On Point with John Ashbrook .  A few weeks ago, Ashbrook had John McWhorter on his show to talk about his latest book, Words on the move: why English won’t – and can’t – sit still (like,...

Thursday, Sep 8, 2016

On August 16, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity departed from Anchorage on a voyage through the Northwest Passage.  The ship is along the west coast of Greenland this week, making stops in Sisimiut and Nuuk, and it will end up in New York City next...

Friday, Jun 24, 2016

Iowa Land Records is a website where you can search for and view Iowa real estate documents.  It’s put together by the Iowa County Recorders Association. In order to use the site you’ll need to register with a username and password.  After...

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Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

Chinese checkers is a game I like to play with my kids.  It’s simple, the rules are easy, and there’s no luck involved.  Alas, the divots on our playing board are too shallow, and a bumped board means marbles rolling where they shouldn’t. ...

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You might find me at the Help Desk or on the Bookmobile.  Here are some authors I like: Michael Lewis, Atul Gawande, Larry McMurtry, Hampton Sides, John McWhorter, Chuck Klosterman, Gary Paulsen, Deborah Tannen, Yann Martel, Jon Krakauer, Jon Ronson, David Mitchell, Alain de Botton, Jess Walter, David Foster Wallace, Laura Hillenbrand, Charles...