When I was a volunteer at the library's used book store, I used to joke that I was always my best customer. This is another one of those books that I purchased used.
I am not sure what made me take it off the biography shelf, other than that I enjoy reading biographies. I certainly was not all that familiar with Katharine Graham (1917 - 2001) before I read the book. I enjoyed it very much, enough that I decided to keep it in the bookcase. Maybe it is because I really admire strong women.
Born into a family of means, she eventually became the publisher of the Washington Post (1963), which had been purchased in 1933 by her father. How she got to the top is a fascinating story.
The attraction for me in Kalamazoo is the art museum. Several years ago they had a wonderful exhibition of Chihuly glass. If you are in the Seattle area, consider yourself lucky enough to be able to see his glass garden there.
Architecture lovers may want to try and get a glimpse of Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes in Parkwyn Village.
Kalamazoo also has a castle: Henderson Castle was established in 1895. At one time it was to be the home of the Art Center, but that did not come to pass. The home is open to the public.
For those of you more familiar with the Big Band sound, you might remember this: