“The aspect of our politics has wonderfully changed since you left us”, wrote Thomas Jefferson about George Washington after America’s first president chose to retire at the end of his second term. Jefferson did not stop with comments like that. During Washington’s second term in office, Jefferson had insinuated that America’s first and only unanimously-elected president was lucky and over-rated. The political intrigue between these two very different founding fathers is just one of many interesting facets of this compelling biography of George Washington. The reader will learn about Washington’s ability to command undisciplined troops against a powerful British military, his influence in molding a new government, and all this against a backdrop of an on-going turbulent relationship with his mother. The nurturing of this new government was no easy task. During Washington’s second term, two political paradigms started taking shape. Washington pushed for a strong federal government while Jefferson led supporters for more states’ rights. Sounds like 2015!
Washington: A Life By Ron Chernow
Ice Pops!: 50 delicious, fresh and fabulous icy treats
Don’t be fooled by this book’s run-of-the-mill title. These are no ordinary ice pops. Nope, these are “gourmet artisan ice pops,” and just reading through their tasty names is enough to make your mouth water.
Put together by an aunt and nephew who have sold their pops on the streets of New York and London, the book is bursting with flavorful creativity. The recipes include all kinds of pops from the easy-to-make and delicious-to-eat Milk & Honey, to the classic Sweet Pear & Ginger, to the unique Pistachio & Rose, inspired by an Egyptian milk dessert.
So, if you’re looking for something cool and delicious to get you through the last few hot weeks of summer, or need a fancy dessert to serve for your Labor Day party, Ice Pops is the book for you!
The Martian : a novel by Andy Weir
Engineer-botanist Mark Watney is presumed dead and left by his crew mates on Mars as a dust storm forces them to abort their mission. Logbook style narratives describe Watney's efforts to extend his life until the next scheduled mission arrives in 4 years. Watney exemplifies the “never say die” attitude we associate with heroes but he is facing tough odds while trying to stay alive on Mars. Part astronaut primer and deep space survival guide, The Martian is an interesting sci-fi yarn!