Bedside Table:  Irene Ziebarth

The books we take to bed.


All of the books on my bedside table were gifts of one kind or another: Christmas, birthdays, hostess gifts. The books I’ve bought myself are on my iPhone on Audible or iBooks.

“Rin Tin Tin” by Susan Orlean:  I’m not sure I remember the dog or the movies he was in, but was alive during much of his run. This is much more than a story about a dog.

“A Year on Martha’s Vineyard” by Adam Moore is the best book I read in 2017. Every month my husband reads one chapter aloud vastly enriching our enjoyment of the gifts that month brings to the Vineyard.  I have given almost twenty of these books as gifts over the last year.

Back to Martha’s Vineyard, I’ve been meaning to read more about the fishing tournament and I think “The Big One” by David Kinney is next.  Thank you, Helen Parker.

I purchased advance Audible copies of Madeline Albright’s “Fascism” and James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty” so “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff may slip off the stack.

How did I come by “Scalia Speaks” by Antonin Scalia and why am I enjoying it so much? Co-editor Ed Whelan clerked for Justice Scalia and remains on the far right advising republican presidents on Supreme Court nominees. Respecting his mother’s friendship with me, despite our polar political extremes, he acknowledges that he sees me as a potential convert. The book is a collection of Scalia’s speeches and, surprising to me, I have yet to disagree with anything said. There’s a lot of required reading here in “What Makes an American” and “Civic Education.” It’s with great pleasure that I turn off the news from Washington and return to long held values seemingly absent today. No wonder he and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were friends.


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