Books by History & Biography
Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty (2010)
3.62 of 5 Votes: 1
This biography gets bogged down by the portraits of all the people in Neel’s life and feels like it focuses too little on her art (perhaps there is not that much to say about it?). I also wanted more social history, more art history, and there is certainly some of that, but maybe because Neel was...
Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood (2014)
4.02 of 5 Votes: 2
Great book to connect kids to so many great artists (musical, literary, and so on) and activist thinkers who they may know of but not know this common denominator. Art is engaging and truly illustrative of the persons. Author's notes and Who's who in the back are simple and informative. IB PYP: i...
Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2001)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 5
Really good book, makes me want to teach through a "Why the Reformation Matters" class and use this as a primary text. Maybe I will. Trueman hits the nail on the head and challenges the reforming to embrace the heart of the Reformation. Covers and applies to the church from three main topics in...
Little Author in the Big Woods: A Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2014)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 1
Fans of the Little House books will be fascinated with this illustrated, kid-friendly description of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life, and how she turned her experiences and the family and friends that surrounded her into the famous series of books. There really was a kindhearted, blue-eyed Pa who pl...
Women of Character: Profiles of 100 Prominent LDS Women (2000)
3.77 of 5 Votes: 3
I really enjoyed this book. The vignettes were very short and easy to read, making it a great book for taking with you when you may only have a few spare minutes to read. ( some if them were almost too short and left me wanting to know more about them) I was also impressed with the variety of w...
Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob (2008)
3.65 of 5 Votes: 1
I admit I was taken for a loop with the continuing saga of Sonny Murray and the Hillside Resort but quickly grasped to the importance of the mention in this gripping tale of the 'Altovise Davis Syndrome' so to speak. Many emotions arise inside me enduring the fact of my love and admiration for Sa...
Let's Talk About Pep (2008)
3.27 of 5 Votes: 1
First of all, anyone who has sexual assault or domestic violence triggers should not read this book. It is extremely graphic, which I think is one of it's strengths but could also be really awful if you can't stomach such content. There are a lot of flaws with this book: it's name-droppy, it does...
Checkered Crime (2014)
4.48 of 5 Votes: 4
Bravo Tonya. I was hooked with this book. It was totally hilarious and the plot kept on twisting. I loved the orphan/taxi driver/mob grand-daughter. As I read I kept on trying to figure out who else was part of the mob and the least expected person ended up being part of the mob. I loved how Tony...
Harper Lee (2009)
4.15 of 5 Votes: 1
I've always admired Nelle Harper Lee simply because of her masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. But now I have a bunch of more reasons to call this woman truly exceptional. She grew up in a family that prized education (her 98 year old sister still practices law), and went to college at a time whe...
Forgiving Ourselves: Getting Back Up When We Let Ourselves Down (2008)
4.38 of 5 Votes: 5
I had seen this book at several conventions and thought to myself, "I am pretty good at forgiving myself so I don't think I need to get it." I'm not sure what prompted me to finally purchase this book, but I am so glad I did! So glad!!Wendy Ulrich is one of my all-time favorite authors. I love th...
Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose: Growing Up On Mount Rushmore (2012)
3.71 of 5 Votes: 3
"Hanging Off Of Jefferson's Nose" tells the story of the son of sculptor Gorzon Borglum who carved the faces in Mount Rushmore. Lincoln's interesting story informs readers of a part of American history not know to many American citizens. Lincoln learns the skills of his father and when his father...
Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents (2013)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 1
Genre: PoetryCopyright date: 2013This book was very unique! Marilyn Singer used a variety of poetry styles to write a poem about each of the presidents. Not only is this a great book to teach different types of poetry, it also was a way to pique interest in the presidents. I found as I was rea...
The New Deal: A Modern History (2011)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 1
A balanced history of the New Deal and issues and personalities involved, this work brings to life one of the most important eras in American - even world - history. This book also dispels myths about the project and demonstrates to the non-American reader the successes and flaws of this massive ...
Dream Something Big (2011)
3.68 of 5 Votes: 1
I was so excited to find this book during my volunteer shift at the library. It was perfect for storytime at work. It is a kid's version of the amazing story behind the Watts Towers. The illustrations are colorful but I found the chaotic nature of the collage form off putting. I would have prefer...
Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges (2009)
4.03 of 5 Votes: 3
And I thought all 60 Minutes anchors were required to be die-hard skeptics. Byron Pitts indeed steps out on untraveled territory in a soul stirring, heart wrenching autobiography of his personal struggles to a coveted anchor position on 60 Minutes.An illiterate, skinny stutterer from a broken hom...