August 5, 2014
The Coffee Cup Bunch of the Friends of the Library will hear a review of “One Summer: America 1927” presented by Mike Tucker, an English instructor at Western Oklahoma State College. The review will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Altus Public Library.
“I love history and sports, and initially, I was drawn to this book because I knew Babe Ruth hit 60 homeruns in 1927 for the Yankees,” explained Tucker. “While thumbing through the book, I found that all kinds of people were associated with the memorable summer of 1927. The book focuses on Charles Lindbergh and his flight to Paris, Calvin Coolidge’s presidency, the Franco and Vanzetti trial, and Babe Ruth’s exploits; however, there is literally a ‘cast of thousands.’ It is a fascinating book full of stories, facts, and history.”
Bill Bryson’s book has been characterized as “a glorious look at one summer in America.” The summer of 1927 has been characterized as the “pivot point when the United States began to dominate the world in virtually everything – military, culture, commerce, and technology.” Given the masterful writing skills of Bryson and the intriguing topics ranging from flag-pole setting to Henry Ford’s retooling of the Model T into the Model A, it is not surprising that the book quickly hit the best seller lists and stayed there.
“Mike’s choice of a book about the summer of 1927 is the perfect choice for a book to end our summer,” commented Program Director Jennie Buchanan. “Mike has been our August reviewer for six or seven years and always brings a good review.”
“Also, please note that we are beginning the program an hour earlier than the usual start time.
The Coffee Cup meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and are free and open to the public.