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BOOK NOTES: 'American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why' ... 'Flanders' ... 'My Brother’s Book'

“American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why”1 / 2
“Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit”2 / 2

Grand Forks Public Library

  • “Hell Before Breakfast: America’s First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, From the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire” by Robert H. Patton. Between 1850 and 1914, adventurers, soldiers, and artists-turned-correspondents – including Mark Twain – brought the world within reach with their first-person dispatches chronicling history in the making.
  • “Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True?” by Charles Seife. The internet enables people to do many things, including finding new ways to deceive and manipulate others into doing their bidding. Learn how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world.
  • “American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why” by Mark Stein. What causes us, as a nation, to overreact to political change? The author traces the history and consequences of political panics through the years, from the Salem witch trials to current affairs, and finds many similarities between the past and the present.
  • “Flanders” by Patricia Anthony. In the trenches of World War I, an American sharpshooter serving in an English military unit battles more than enemy soldiers. Told through letters written to his brother back home, Travis Lee Stanhope details the soul-draining effects of war, his alcoholism, and his visits with the dead in his dreams.
  • East Grand Forks Campbell Library

    • “Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit” by Charles W. Calomiris is a revealing exploration of the ways that politics inevitably intrudes into bank regulation. Combining political history and economics, it examines how coalitions of politicians, bankers, and other interest groups form and how they generate such powerful policies.
    • “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers” by David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.
    • “The Story of Chester Fritz: Ever Westward and to the Far East” by Chester Fritz and Dan Rylance tells the story of the Fritz’s long, exciting journey from Buxton, N.D., to Monte Carlo.
    • “My Brother’s Book” by Maurice Sendak is the last book Sendak completed before his death in May 2012. With influences from Shakespeare and William Blake, Sendak pays homage to his late brother, Jack, whom he credited for his passion for writing and drawing. Pairing poetry with his exquisite artwork, this book redefines what mature readers expect from Sendak while continuing the lasting legacy he created over his long, illustrious career.