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...
Book Genre: History
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...
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,...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
A quick read and soft handed exposé of a few popular English nursery rhymes. I especially enjoyed getting a glimpse of the world in which they were written and appreciate the glossary and source notes.
I enjoy reading Mark Forsyth's blog (http://blog.inkyfool.com/) and his fascinating histories behind words. His playful tone can sometimes border on pontificating, especially if you aren't cozy with the OED. Want to learn more about...
I've written about the Appalachian Trail here before, and this new book, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the AT, is a wonderful addition to the literature about the world's longest footpath. Filled with beautiful...
This is a very funny and really interesting look at what it was like to be a NASA space shuttle astronaut. Told by a man who admittedly suffers from "arrested development" and who happens to be in the first group to include females (Sally Ride was in this group), Mike Mullane recounts his...
This book is beautiful just beautiful. I like the strange old names of the vegetables, I really enjoyed the gardener's passion involved in both Jefferson and Peter Hatch. This book is filled with great pictures and really nice stories.
This is an excellent book for children and parents who are interested in learning the traditions of tea time in order to host their own. The images are beautiful paintings from various time periods, and the importance of tradition and ritual at teatime are emphasized in the text and the...
This book is packed full of information about the Boston Tea Party, the events that led to its occurrence, and those that took place after it. Although there is a good deal of information, it is presented in a zany fashion--there are snippets all over the pages that add to the main text....
This book is a retelling of the Boston Tea Party as a graphic novel. The pictures and text make it very accessible to children of a wide variety of ages. The information given in this book is accurate and clear without an extreme amount of text.
At the end of the book, there...
This is an excellent resource for children who are researching or learning more about the Boston Tea Party. There are many details about the events leading up to that day, John Adams and his role in it, and the event itself. The images serve to enhance the information and are...
This book includes a great deal of information about the Boston Tea Party. It goes into detail regarding the people involved, why the colonists felt the way they did, and why the British government taxed the colonists. It is a great book for an older child as it it somewhat long....
This is a beautifully illustrated history of the Boston Tea Party. The simplicity of the writing blended with the complexity and specificity of the content make this historical event easily accessible to all ages. I would highly recommend this book to share information on the history...
This book is a brief account of the Boston Tea Party in very simple language. Although not tremendously descriptive, the images are lovely and the bilingual aspect helps it to cater to a wide audience.
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