A new century brimmed with possibility. In the nineteenth century, many citizens of the United States sought education and culture in the Old World to enhance their knowledge of the New.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin  is one of the most famous autobiographies in English, certainly in America. Benjamin Franklin was not only a prominent figure in the US War of Independence, but also one of the most accomplished men of his day, well versed in several fields, and a self-made man to boot (call Central Casting – we have ourselves a Renaissance American).
In Lisa Scottoline’s new novel, Don’t Go , Mike Scanlon is an Army surgeon only a month away from finishing a dangerous tour in Afghanistan. Even this close to the end of his deployment, he worries about the toll his absence is taking on his young wife, Chloe, their infant daughter, Emily, and about their future if he doesn’t come home alive.