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This month's selection is One Summer by Bill Bryson.
In One Summer Bill Bryson transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.
A glance at the summer of 1927:
- Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop
- Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record
- Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey
- The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin
- The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption
- The Jazz Singer, Hollywood’s first “talking picture,” was filmed and forever changed the movies
- The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.
But wait, there’s more…Bryson captures the outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.