Book Genre: History

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Matthew Goodman
Hope H
3

In November of 1889, two women left New York in opposite directions, each hoping to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional record for the fastest trip around the world. Nellie Bly was a moderately famous undercover "girl reporter", one of the first women to break into the actual news aspects of newspaper...

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Jim Ottaviani
Adelina
4

This book is read for Young Adults. It is a good basic accessible introduction to three of the greatest primatologists of the 20th century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey & Birute Galdikas. It looks at each woman's life and contributions to their field. The different personalities and passions of...

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Andrés Vera Martínez
Bobby
4

This graphic memoir gives a glimpse into post-Mao Chinese society through the eyes of a child.  The stories are well told by appealing to a child's sense of curiosity and introduce readers to the cultural climate of the period such as nationalism, mythology, and rural/urban divides .  ...

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Joe Sacco
ShellyB
3

Palestine is a compilation of a comic book series chronicling the author's time spent in Israel and Palestine during the winter of 1991-1992.  Sacco does a great job of listening to the many people he meets and relaying their personal stories and experiences, and his art work...

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Malala Yousafzai
ShellyB
3

Malala does a wonderful job telling her story of growing up in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan, daughter of a very forward thinking and education advocating father.  Her mother is quite traditional, yet supports both her husband and Malala in their efforts to speak against those who...

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Melissa Sweet
lisab
4

Tony Sarg. a puppeteer of renown, was approached by the Macy Department Store to decorate their Christmas windows. Tony was then asked to help with the employee’s holiday parade and by using his creativity with puppets; the balloons we see today in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade are the final...

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Tony Perrottet
Shanna
4

This nonfiction book explores the seamy side of history, covering topics from Napoleon's stolen penis to Casanova's pick-up lines.  Packed with historical facts and tongue-in-cheek humor, this book will keep you laughing.  Sex isn't the only thing that Tony Perrottet covers, though;...

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Gayle Corbett Shirley
Lily
3

Remarkable Colorado Women is a intriguing little volume in which you will learn about women's crucial role in creating the Colorado we know and love today. This collection acts as a history of Colorado at the turn of the century and features the first women to climb Pike's Peak, the...

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Annick Cojean
Liz S
4

French journalist Annick Cojean writes an important but difficult-to-read account of the extensive system of sexual violence that existed in Libya under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. She uncovered this very secretive world of abuse while investigating women's role in Libya's revolution, a topic...

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Tara Conklin
dfields
5

The House Girl is a masterful debut novel, weaving the lives of Lina Sparrow, a present-day attorney and Josephine, a seventeen-year-old house slave in an unforgettable tapestry. As Lina researches documents to uncover a "face" for a class-action lawsuit to which she's been assigned, she begins...

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Jen Lin-Liu
Becker
4

An enjoyable journey from China to Italy, with many stops in between, to look at food history and traditions. The author's original goal was to try to figure out if noodles had really come to Italy from China or vice versa, or something in between. Of course, food, culture, and history are more...

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Gene Luen Yang
Bobby
4

The Boxer Rebellion is something I'd heard of but didn't have a clue what it was (other than a funny term that might refer to underwear).  I didn't even know it happened in China.  This book not only gave me a basic understanding of the event, but gives a fictional first-hand story...

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Deborah Heiligman
Laurie.
3

This book was a first for me. A picture book about a mathematician? Yes! Paul Erdös was a mathematical prodigy born in Hungry and spent his life playing with math. The author's use of rebus, numbers and images to represent words, and interesting mathematical illustrations is delightfully...

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Bob Greene
Jennifer B.
3

Journalist Bob Greene tells the little-known story of the North Platte Canteen, the railroad depot in North Platte, Nebraska, where over six million servicemen and women were fed, thanked, and entertained during their cross-country train journeys during World War II.  The book consists...

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Slavomir Rawicz
Bobby
4

The Long Walk recounts an epic story of survival by a group of escapees from a Soviet gulag.  Fleeing the camp during a blizzard in 1941 with six others, Rawicz and the group equipped only with their camp-issued clothes, a small store of food, and a few other stolen goods set out...

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Julia Fox
ShellyB
3

Sister Queens is a fascinating side-by-side recounting of the lives of two women, sisters, who were both destined to be queens.  Though they both rise to extraordinary levels of power, especially for women during this time in history, and experience periods of happiness and satisfaction,...

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Elaine McCarthy
Laurie.
1

I never know what I'll find when browsing the book stacks at the Central Library. The trivia for the celebrities is fun but you can't beat the online resource, Find A Grave.

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H. M. 1970- Castor
Jennifer H
3

Hal is the weak son. Son of the reigning king, and little brother to the next king, Hal is treated as an annoyance and a child of no importance.Time and time again, he tries to make his father proud but fails. Overhearing a forbidden prophecy, he mistakenly believes that he is chosen by God to...

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Adina Hoffman
Laurie.
4

Solomon Schechter is working away at Oxford when a couple of wealthy, widowed sisters share a snippet of a manuscript picked up on their latest journey to Egypt. Schechter, a Jewish scholar, immediately recognizes the importance of the manuscript and embarks on sifting through 900 years of...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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Chanrithy Him
Laurie.
4

Chanrithy Him quotes the lines from a familiar song "Chivith choun reang, choun pleang, Life sometimes has drought and sometimes has rain." Her story of surviving Cambodian death camps is told with simple, sharp imagery and a heightened sense of the physical world around her from the earth where...

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Nina Burleigh
Laurie.
4

Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great...

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Jason Roberts
Laurie.
4

Blind and unable to walk without aid by the age of 25, James Holman (1786-1857) traveled the world and entered into seemingly unbelievable adventures. His knack for getting into crazy predicaments reminds me of Henry Fielding's fictional character Tom Jones. But unlike Jones, Holman's...

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Alysia Abbott
Laurie.
5

Steve Abbott was a leading figure in the 1980s poetry scene, creating publications and organizing a community of poets including my personal favorites Judy Grahn and Robert Gluck. His passion for writing, building a community, and search for love meant he was not always present for his daughter...

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Alisa Statman
Liberty
5

Written by Sharon Tate's niece, Restless Souls shifts the focus of the infamous 1969 Manson murders from the notorious Manson Family, to the family of the victims.  Riveting and sad, this book provides an insider's view of the murders' aftermath and  tells...