WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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190 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 for this issue's book feature, we're departing from our usual format of author interviews. Instead, we've asked local authors, librarians, book club members, and bookstore owners for their reading recommendations. * * * WILLIAM MARTIN of Weston has been putting American history on The New York Times Best Sellers list for nearly four decades, ranging from the novels Back Bay (1980) to The Lincoln Letter (2012). He is now delving into the California Gold Rush for The Mother Lode, tentatively due out fall of next year. Reagan: The Life, by H.W. Brands (Doubleday, 2015) Every so often, I like to sink into a big, thick biography that reads like a novel. I'm also a fan of H.W. Brands, a serious historian who writes with clarity, purpose, and a fine sense of drama. So, when I saw that Brands (author of biographies on Franklin, Jackson, FDR, and Grant) had written "Reagan," I started reading. Love him or hate him, you can't deny it: Ronald Reagan was one of the most influential presidents of the 20th century. His ideas continue to frame the political debate, and his journey from Iowa to Hollywood to Washington makes for a fascinat- ing American tale. H.W. Brands, even-handed and thorough but always interesting, tells it as well as it's been told. * * * MADELEINE W. MULLIN is a reference librarian at Weston Public Library, where she leads its nonfiction book discussion group. P E T E R B A K E R library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors What Are You Reading? S T E V E M A A S writer books

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