A Slow, Glorious Trip Down the Mississippi

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sat, 05/24/2008 - 12:01

I first read Old Glory, by Jonathan Raban, in the early 1980s, as a restless cub reporter in Indiana. Right away, I knew this was the kind of trip I wanted to take.

Old Glory is a travel classic without Himalayan ascents, exotic foods or dangerous encounters in distant lands. Instead, it's a meander through the middle of America, by a bookish man who loiters at shabby taverns in has-been towns.

Teens: Don't Be Lazy

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 17:24

On NPR: Twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris are on a mission to inspire ambition among their peers. The two political prodigies have released the new book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. Alex and Brett Harris explain their mission to encourage teens to act responsibly, become leaders and change the world.

Full story at NPR.

From 'Love Kitten' to child literacy

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 10:04

At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever. Born in rural Ethiopia to an illiterate cattle merchant who insisted upon his son's education, Gebregeorgis had seen a few books in school. But it was the experience of having a book of his own that sparked a lifelong commitment.

Today, at 56, Gebregeorgis is establishing libraries and literacy programs to connect Ethiopian children with books.