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Friday Reads: “Low Mountains or High Tea” by Steve Sieberson

A few years ago, I read and enjoyed Steve Sieberson’s book, The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler (University of Nebraska Press). Sieberson renews his adventure writing with an equally delightful Low Mountains or High Tea: Misadventures in Britain’s National Parks. Sieberson explains how he and his wife – lovingly referred to throughout the book as the Italian Woman – found themselves spending a summer in Britain with intention for travel to Britain’s national parks. A rental car, road maps and guidebooks were among the tools for their adventure.

Sieberson grew up in northwest Iowa. A family trip one summer from his rural home in northwest Iowa to Colorado began his lifetime fascination with travel and with high elevations. From there he read books on mountaineering, books that he found at his local library. His boyhood fascination has endured through his adult years. His summer adventure in Britain included mountain experiences, visits to far-flung places, pubs, teahouses, B&Bs, and much, much more.

What I found admirable and especially enjoyable about Sieberson’s book is his wonderful humor. Here’s an example: in conversation with a local about nearby trails, he writes “I said that I wasn’t much interested in the three-peak circuit, but that I just wanted to get to the high point and back in the most direct way possible. The tilt of her head and the lift of an eyebrow suggested that perhaps my slam-bam approach to her magnificent hills did not meet her approval.” Throughout, he pokes fun at British ways and novelties. His characterizations of the many people encountered and interactions are especially memorable.

Sieberson’s book is keenly descriptive and rich in detail. His descriptions of hiking and climbing are nearly photographic in detail. I’d like to know how he captured those many impressions and recorded them with such precision. Sieberson’s commentary on the people, places, customs, and food are more than travel guide worthy.  

Sieberson’s law career provided opportunities for travel throughout the world. In recent years, he has added professor to his resume as a Creighton University Law School faculty member.

Sieberson, Steve. Low Mountains or High Tea. University of Nebraska Press, 2019.

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#BookFaceFriday “Black Cherries”

This #BookFace seemed ripe for the picking…

Black Cherries by Grace Stone Coates (Bison Books, 2003) is a reprint of the original 1931 title. “In this series of linked stories the child narrator, Veve, cannot fathom all the mysteries of her family’s life together, but by watching and listening she pieces together a painful past.” This title is published by Bison Books, an imprint of University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state documents program.

Black Cherries is a work of genius, written in vital fluids, illuminated by lightening, quivering with truth.”—Statesman Journal, Salem, OK

This week’s #BookFace model is Tina Walker, director of the Keene Memorial Library in Fremont. She was visiting the Library Commission to present on our weekly NCompass Live webinar series. Check out her episode, Growing Partnerships Where Least Expected.

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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#BookFaceFriday “The Ordinary Spaceman”

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. this #BookFace has returned to it’s home planet.

"The Ordinary Spaceman" BookFace

May the Fourth be with you! It’s #BookFaceFriday and it’s also Star Wars Day!

“I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.” — Jango Fett. We’re sure Nebraska-born Clayton Anderson would agree with Jango, as he shares his story of growing up to become an astronaut. Anderson’s memoir, “The Ordinary Spaceman” (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) was the winner of the 2016 Nebraska Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.  As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state document program.

“Clayton Anderson is no ordinary astronaut, and this is no ordinary book. It is an uncompromisingly honest rendering of a challenging and fulfilling life by someone with a singular dream and the moxie to pursue it to success.”

—Roger Lemkpe, Lincoln Journal Star

This week’s #BookFace model is Computer Service’s Information Systems Specialist, Dennis Klebe!

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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#BookFaceFriday “The Enigma Woman”

This week’s #BookFaceFriday is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma…

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In the spirit of Women’s History Month we’ll be highlighting the women in our collection. So this week’s #BookFace takes a look at Kathleen A. Cairns’ “The Enigma Woman: The Death Sentence of Nellie May Madison” (Bison Books, 2009). In this intriguing cultural history, Cairns tells the tale of Nellie May Madison, the first woman on Death Row in California. As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press imprint Bison Books, which we collect from for our state document program.

“Cairns offers critical insight on the deeds and misdeeds of one remarkable woman, who in many regards was a victim herself. By framing events the way she does, Cairns gives Madison’s story the context it needs and deserves.”

— Christina Eng “San Francisco Chronicle”

This week’s #BookFace model is Talking Book & Braille Service’s new Reader’s Advisor, Justine Carmer! This new hire is also something of an enigma, although not the murderous kind (as far as we know), she’s been at the Commission for just a week. As a Reader’s Advisor, Justine will assist TBBS customers, recommend books and help catalog our TBBS collection. She’s a long-term vegetarian, who loves riding the 1970’s Peugeot (that’s a bike to the rest of us) that she built herself to work everyday. More importantly for our TBBS customers, she has a very soothing phone voice. Keep an eye out for her staff bio coming soon! We might even include a picture with her face.

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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#BookFaceFriday “The Incompleat Folksinger”

This week’s #BookFaceFriday is an oldie, but a goodie…

"The Incompleat Folksinger" by Pete Seeger

… in that mellow, folksy sort of way. Today’s #BookFace is of the musical persuasion with “The Incompleat Folksinger” by Pete Seeger and edited by Jo Metcalf Schwartz (University of Nebraska Press, 1992). As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state document program.

“I Call Them All Love Songs.

They tell of love of man and woman, and parents and children, love of country, freedom, mankind, the world, love of searching for the truth and other unknowns. But, of course, love alone is not enough.”               – Pete Seeger

This week’s #BookFace model is our Talking Book & Braille Service Director, Scott Scholz! In case you were wondering, no, we don’t generally have a guitar just laying around the Commission. Scott brought this beauty, a Yamaha AEX500, from home. He says it’s a weird experiment of sorts that Yamaha tried to make in the late 90s, it has a piezo pickup that can get faux-acoustic guitar sounds, and a regular electric guitar pickup, whose output can be blended together (whatever that might mean).

Scott also used this particular guitar when he put together this little demo using the Library Innovation Studios makerspace equipment —it’s a demo for a TBBS advertisement idea that would parody “These Boots Are Made for Walking). Check it out!

 

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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#BookFaceFriday “Abraham Lincoln”

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth a new #BookFaceFriday!

"Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting For" BookFace Image

Wait, that’s not how that one goes… my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Golka, would be aghast! Looks like I should be boning up on my presidential knowledge, and just in time for Presidents’ Day. A good place to start would be with James A. Rawley’s “Abraham Lincoln and a Nation Worth Fighting For” (University of Nebraska Press, 2003).  It’s described as a vividly descriptive, concise, and fresh look at Lincoln’s presidential years. As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state document program.

“Complementing his impressive rendition of Lincoln’s bold and increasingly competent administration of the government, Rawley offers a brief background and succinct opinions on virtually every significant incident and issue in Lincoln’s public and private life. . . . Rawley has written a valuable study.”
Civil War History

James A. Rawley is Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska. He is the author of numerous books, including Turning Points of the Civil War (Nebraska 1989), The Politics of Union: Northern Politics during the Civil War (Nebraska 1974), and Secession: The Disruption of the American Republic, 1844–1861.

This week’s #BookFace model is our Planning and Data Services Coordinator, Sam Shaw!

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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#BookFaceFriday “Letters of Mari Sandoz”

We like to celebrate the end of the week with #BookFaceFriday!

"Letters of Mari Sandoz" Bookface

Today we also get to celebrate the beloved Nebraska author Mari Sandoz with “Letters of Mari Sandoz” edited by Helen Winter Stauffer (University of Nebraska Press, 1992). Included in the book are over nearly forty years—from 1928 to 1966—of letters. Dive in to Sandoz’s world as she documents her own experiences, struggles, and successes. As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state document program.

From the Back Cover:
“Mari Sandoz came out of the Sandhills of Nebraska to write at least three enduring books: Old Jules, Cheyenne Autumn, and Crazy Horse, the Strange man of the Oglalas. She was a tireless researcher, a true story-teller, an artist passionately dedicated to a place little know and a people largely misunderstood.”

This week’s #BookFace model is TBBS Volunteer Services Coordinator, Annette Hall!

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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#BookFaceFriday “Feathering Custer”

Hey, book lovers! Happy #BookFaceFriday!

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As we dive in to our permanent collection, which dates back to 1972, we’re bound to find some gems. One such book is “Feathering Custer” by William S. Penn (University of Nebraska Press, 2001). As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state document program.

Feathering Custer points to the need for critical understanding of the literatures of Native America. Penn’s volume offers a challenge to all those interested in meaningful insights into these literary works to search the indigenous storytelling traditions, lives, and literatures of Native Americans.”—World Literature Today

This week’s #BookFace model is Tom Rolfes, Education I.T. Manager at the Nebraska Office of the CIO/NITC. He’s been at the Commission a lot lately working on the grant project “Nebraska Schools and Libraries—Breaking the Ice and Igniting Internet Relationships.” You can learn all about it on the January 24th episode of NCompass Live.

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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#BookFaceFriday “Cora Du Bois”

Relax everyone, it’s time for #BookFaceFriday!

"Cora Du Bois" BookFace Image

We decided to change it up a bit this week and choose a book from our permanent collection. We absolutely loved the cover on Susan C. Seymour’s “Cora Du Bois: Anthropologist, Diplomat, Agent (Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology)” (University of Nebraska Press, 2015). As part of our permanent collection it’s available for check out to anyone. Just ask our amazing Information Services staff! This title is published by the University of Nebraska Press, which we collect from for our state document program. In 1972, the Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, and provide access to all public information published by Nebraska state agencies.

“Seymour’s meticulously researched biography on Cora Du Bois skillfully weaves together threads from a myriad of often obscure, intensely personal documents, to produce a magnificent reconstruction of the life and personality of this major anthropological figure.”—Carol Mukhopadhyay, Association for Feminist Anthropology (Carol Mukhopadhyay Association for Feminist Anthropology 2015-09-09)

This week’s #BookFace model is Kay Goehring, NLC’s Talking Book & Braille Service Library Readers Advisor/Senior.

Love this #BookFace & reading? We suggest checking out all the titles available for book clubs at http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ref/bookclub. Check out our past #BookFaceFriday photos on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Facebook page!

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