Books by History & Biography
Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller (2009)
3.76 of 5 Votes: 5
I didn't always enjoy the very detailed writing style but I was really fascinated by the life of Anne Sullivan. I learned that she was sent to an almshouse at ten years old by her father after her mother died. She lived a difficult life there until she was 14 when she managed to be sent to a sc...
I, Galileo (2012)
3.77 of 5 Votes: 1
This is a great book to learn about Galileo, one the greatest discoverers in history. The book is told in first person form, so it almost feels as if there is a connection to the man himself. He was the first person to use a spyglass to view the vastness of space. His interest in the universe got...
Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys (2012)
4.25 of 5 Votes: 1
Kitty Kelley's book includes some of the most memorable Kennedy photographs taken, including one of John Jr. hiding underneath his father's Oval Office desk. Kelley, a friend of photographer Stanley Tretick, includes interesting insights into Tretick's relationship with the Kennedy family, especi...
101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic . . . but Didn't! (2011)
3.75 of 5 Votes: 5
I've become quite the fan of Tim Maltin's work regarding the Titanic, and this book is no exception. It is well-researched and well-presented, and both debunks well-perpetuated legends and gives evidence for little-discussed fact. It is my opinion that any Titaniac interested in sorting the truth...
Brangelina: The Untold Story Of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (2009)
2.63 of 5 Votes: 5
I'm almost embarrassed to add this to my Goodreads list, but I did read it so I might as well 'fess up. This book is pretty much what I expected it to be with lots of extra filler (some interesting, some not). The author enjoys talking about himself and his exploits while "researching." I'm no...
ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color (2013)
3.12 of 5 Votes: 5
A very interesting book. I feel like I learned a lot of trivia, but I have two issues. One, it needed to be at least twice as long. While I was reading, I kept picking up my iPhone to consult Wikipedia and find out more about the shorter blurbs. I suppose you could view this as a good thing, as t...
Au Revoir Liverpool (2011)
3.9 of 5 Votes: 3
I've not read any of Maureen Lee's books for ages. I quite enjoyed this one and at times felt sorry for Jessica, as everything that happened to her seemed to be due to the fact that she'd a moment of passion with someone that she should never have been with. It just goes to show that the rash d...
The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob (2014)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 1
Do not mistake this book as either a Dylan biography or a critical assessment of his work. While these elements are occasional components of the text, Kinney's contribution to Dylan lore is more unique and potentially more rewarding. By examining a variety of hard-core, obsessive Dylan fans, Kinn...
If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the United States (2009)
3.91 of 5 Votes: 2
Theme: processing facts, awareness of the people and cultures around usI first heard about this book in EDR 624 and as soon as it was introduced I knew I needed to read it! What a cool book that presents a ton of information in a way that second graders can wrap their head around. I love all t...
Desmond and the Very Mean Word (2012)
4.12 of 5 Votes: 5
This book is a fantastic resource to use in the classroom when talking about forgiveness and the power of our words. Desmond receives a brand new bike. While he is out riding, a red haired boy yells a really mean word at Desmond. I love how the author does not say what the word is. It is left up ...
The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger (2009)
3.85 of 5 Votes: 5
I'd give this book more stars, but after catching an error in the first page, I can't do it. "In the late 1940s, Seeger belonged to a group called the Almanac Singers"-- it was the late 1930s to early 40s... which I guess is evident, because on the next page, it says "The Almanac Singers broke up...
To Mormons, With Love (2011)
3.5 of 5 Votes: 2
I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I really appreciated this view on what it's like for someone who is not a member of my church to move into an area that is pretty much all Mormons. I thought the author did a great job in describing her feelings in a real, yet hu...
Jimmy's Stars (2008)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 1
This book was okay. When I first saw the cover, and read the blurb, I thought that it'd be a really good book, but it wasn't that good as I thought it'd be. I've read a lot of books about the people IN the world war II, but not that much books about the people with loved ones IN world war II. I w...
The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach (2014)
4.28 of 5 Votes: 1
I learned a lot from this book, but it took me forever to get through. The work and research that went into it were very clear. I just had a hard time keeping track of all the people, places and details. It was not so much a story as it was a collection of numerous eyewitness accounts which col...
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos (2014)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 2
A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF SCIENCE, IMAGINATION, AND INSPIRATIONCarl Sagan was a professor at my alma mater, and was always rather larger than life, just like the stars themselves seem to be. This book is an absolutely beautiful blend of science, imagination, and inspiration. Sagan changed the face of ...