The Sigma Tau Delta Book Club has selected Reading with Lincoln, by Professor Robert Bray, as this year’s book. The book club will meet twice next semester: once for an informal conversation about the book, and again for a talk by and conversation with Bray. Specific times and dates TBA.
If you would like to join the book club, you can purchase Reading with Lincoln at the IWU Bookstore or you may place an order for the book at the English House main office. Books ordered through the English House will receive a 40 percent discount. Orders must be placed by noon on November 23. Cash or check only. Ordered books will be available for pick-up during exams week.
From the dust jacket: “Through extensive reading and reflection, Abraham Lincoln fashioned a mind as powerfully intellectual and superlatively communicative as that of any other American political leader. Reading with Lincoln uncovers the how of Lincoln’s inspiring rise to greatness by connecting the content of his reading to the story of his life.
“At the core of Lincoln’s success was his self-education, centered on his love of and appreciation for learning through books. From his early studies of grammar school handbooks and children’s classics to his interest in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the Bible during his White House years, what Lincoln read helped to define who he was as a person and as a politician. This unique study delves into the books, pamphlets, poetry, plays, and essays that influenced Lincoln’s thoughts and actions.”