If you liked the BBC hit podcast, A History of the World in 100 Objects, you won't want to miss seeing the images in the new book featuring all 100 objects.
The series explores the microhistories of artifacts from Ife sculpture to the modern day credit card. Together, the objects weave a story of humankind. The podcasts are still available for download while you're on the hold list for the book.
The following titles are just a few of my favorite microhistories. The Library has many more titles to choose from so look for your favorite things too.
What makes a person successful? For Shannon Sharpe, his grandmother and the three Ds (determination, dedication, and discipline) are the foundation of his success.
My Dad recorded Sharpe's enshrinement speech into the NFL's Hall of Fame to share with me. I am so grateful because the speech is an inspirational testimony to the power of love and self knowledge. Sharpe asks people to separate the popular public persona from the person. He is passionate about the support he received from his community and family but especially the legacy left by his grandmother, Ms. Mary Potter. She sadly passed away a month before the awards ceremony.
The 24th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado is taking place August 13, 2011. Who will you walk for?
Parents all over the world have lost children of all ages to AIDS. Generations of families have been destroyed in Africa due to this disease. Newspapers report the statistics but children and those who care for them, are the most articulate about the impact of AIDS on their lives.
Nasdijj says it best when asked why anyone would adopt a child with AIDS in his memoir The Boy and the Dog are Sleeping: "Because one comes to you. Because you can."
Lynd Ward is known as a graphic innovator. A prolific artist, he has illustrated more than 200 books for children and adults.
In 2010, the Library of America published a two volume collection of six wordless woodcut novels by Lynd Ward. The first novel God's Man was originally published the week of the 1929 stock market crash and was considered the first woodcut novel published in the United States.
A good dance critic takes risks, teases out aesthetic questions, and faces each performance with anticipation. A great dance critic like Arlene Croce makes you believe dance is really all there is to talk about.
Arlene Croce wrote the dance column in the The New Yorker from 1973 until 1998. I first learned of her column when a high school teacher shared a photocopied review in preparation to see Judith Jamison dance. I was too young, too inexperienced and Croce's words were hollow.
And then I saw Judith Jamison dance.
And nothing was ever the same.
Sure hitting the blacktop with your bike is good for the environment but sometimes you have to answer the call of a souped up hot rod. Motor to the couch and jump behind the wheel of a custom ride adventure.
The Library has a variety of resources from hot rod flame painting to building your own but sometimes chillaxing with a good movie can be the best way to enjoy a hot rod. Interested only in NASCAR? Click here.