Reviews and Blog Posts: history

Denver's Famous Dinosaurs

Reconstruction of Stegosaurus by O.C. Marsh

Have you ever heard of Triceratops? How about Stegosaurus? "Brontosaurus"? Of course you have--they're some of the superstars of prehistory; depicted in countless picture books, cartoons, and roadside statues. Many eight-year-olds could give you a scholarly lecture about them. But what many Denverites don't know--even some of the eight-year-olds--is that all three of these dinosaur celebrities were first discovered right in our back yard. They're actually local celebrities, and their discoveries make for some pretty interesting reading.

Stella by starlight

by Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper

Reviewer Rating:
4

  The cover of this book features some children walking in the woods at night in front of a burning cross and the story does not disappoint. Based in part on a journal her grandmother kept before being forced to leave school at a young age Stella by Starlight is...

The glass sentence

by S. E. Grove

Reviewer Rating:
4

What an interesting premise - a time disruption has caused the world to evolve into different eras and now Sophia, the niece of Shadrack a cartographer, has to save the world. And there are maps – lot’s of lovely different kinds of maps – water maps, glass maps, sand maps,...

Forget Mercury Retrograde. Solar Storms are the Real Deal

Coronal Mass Ejection from the Sun (NASA image)

Did you know Mercury is in retrograde right now? I didn't, until I saw people posting about it on social media sites. When I looked it up, I discovered that the planet Mercury sometimes appears to move backwards across the sky. People who believe in astrology think that when this happens, communications of all kinds--technological, interpersonal, you name it--go haywire (Mercury was the Roman god of messengers, after all, and he was a bit of a trickster).

Lawrence in Arabia : war, deceit, imperial folly and the making of the modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

Reviewer Rating:
5

Many, including David Lean in his now-classic film, have tried to nail down the mercurial T.E. Lawrence through focus on the man himself. I immensely enjoyed Scott Anderson's Lawrence In Arabia because of its wider approach, and Anderson's keen eye for the context in which Lawrence, and a handful of other European...

Wildlife photographer of the year : 50 years

Reviewer Rating:
5

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year or WPY, is an international competition co-sponsored by the United Kingdom's Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. WPY turned 50 this year and to mark the occasion, published this extraordinary book mapping the development of nature photography and highlighting award winning photos. Breathtaking and awe-inspiring, the...

Defining Documentaries

Girl Rising

As film festivals go, DOC NYC is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world.

Did You Miss This?

Did You Miss This?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

The printed square : vintage handkerchief patterns for fashion and design

by Nicky Albrechtsen

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Romans and Egyptians used handkerchiefs but it wasn't until the 20th century that every day folk were able to afford them. So popular was the concept that Kimberly-Clark launched disposable tissues in 1923. The War however limited the use of paper so traditional handkerchiefs made a come back and...

Wraith

by Joe Hill

Reviewer Rating:
3

Did you like NOS4A2? Like horror comics? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, give Wraith a shot. Joe Hill moves between the worlds of traditional books and graphic novels quite a lot, and here he connects them. Wraith tells the story of Charlie Manx, the ominous...

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