Welcome to the new Library Blog for The Community Library, serving Ketchum, Sun Valley, Triumph, and the world. Please excuse any disarray–we are still under construction.
Still, there is always time to talk about books! We welcome your comments, observations, and reviews about all the books, vids, sound recordings and services at the Community Library.
To kick off, the most recently finished book on my home shelf is The Big Burn, recounting a devastating outbreak of fires in the Idaho panhandle in 1910. The fire was so intense it burned border to border and well into the Montana prairie. Smoke carried beyond Newfoundland into the North Atlantic.
The descriptions of the fire are terrifying–the descriptions of the political maneuverings behind the scene are nearly as appalling. The author follows the careers of Theodore Roosevelt and Gilbert Pinchot and the creation of the fledgling Forest Service in the face of dire opposition from corporate interests and their Congressional supporters. The political tactics used at the turn of the 20th century sound very familiar to the 21st century ear.
Both book and talking book CD sound recording are available at the library, Dewey number 973.911.