Friends of APL Book Talks in March

March 3, 2017 | Adult Services

Liven up your lunchtime in March by attending a book talk hosted by the Friends of Albany Public Library. The programs feature reviews of popular books by local speakers, as well as author talks and other special presentations. The talks are free and open to the public, and include light refreshments.

Author Talk | Joseph Cardillo on Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life
March 7 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.
Cardillo, an expert in holistic psychology, will discuss his latest book. According to Publishers Weekly, the book “gives readers reliable tools for addressing tough situations, including emptying one’s mind to eliminate stress, combining the energy of music and art with positive memories to improve one’s mood, and using what he terms power words to enhance memory and view stressful situations from a
detached perspective.”

*Special Friday book talk at Pine Hills Branch:
Book Review | America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History by Andrew J. Bacevich
March 10 (Fri) | 12:15 pm | Pine Hills Branch | 517 Western Ave.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the author presents “a deft and rhythmic polemic aimed at America’s failures in the Middle East from the end of Jimmy Carter’s presidency to the present.” The reviewer is Karl Barbir, a retired professor of history from Siena College.

Book Review | The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H.W. Brands
March 14 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.
Kirkus Reviews calls this book “an exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis.” Richard King, a retired attorney, reviews The General vs. the President.

Book Review | The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation by Mark Kurlansky
March 21 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.
“This wildly informative work is a marvel of clarity, glittering with unusual facts and marked by penetrating insights” of the Basque area, according to Publishers Weekly. The book is reviewed by Victor Asal, associate professor of political science and chair of public administration at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

Book Review | The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present by John Pomfret
March 28 (Tues) | 12:15 pm | Washington Ave. Branch | 161 Washington Ave.
The author “weaves a lively tale, peppered with a cast of adventurers, spies, preachers, communists and McCarthyites who have boosted and sabotaged the relationship [between the U.S. and China] in turn over the years,” according to The Economist. Kevin M. Shanley, a University at Albany professor emeritus of history, reviews the book.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is manager of APL's Communication and Creative Services Department, which provides content and information for the library's website, social media, publications, videos, podcasts, and other outlets. Stephanie also manages APL's public relations and marketing efforts.