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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Posted by Sherry on 6/20/2017 in Biography/Memoir, Current Events |

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Former Marine and Yale Law School graduate J.D. Vance has an unconventional background for a man with such credentials: he grew up in poor, dysfunctional, hillbilly family from northern Kentucky, mostly living in the lower-class neighborhoods of Middletown, Ohio. His mother […]

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Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

Posted by Sherry on 5/23/2017 in Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction, South Africa |

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard. “I don’t like this fellow, but he’ll be Prime Minister of England one day.” ~Sir George White in reference to young Winston Churchill. “Winston has spent the best years of his life composing his impromptu speeches.” […]

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Rocks in his Head by Carol Otis Hurst

Posted by Sherry on 2/27/2017 in Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction, Nonfiction Monday |

I’ve seen this picture book biography recommended on several lists of “living books”, particularly living science books, and I agree that it’s a beautiful and inspiring story. The author’s father, who is never actually named in the text, was a collector of rocks. But more than a collector, he was a student and archivist who […]

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The Language of Angels by Richard Michelson

Posted by Sherry on 2/21/2017 in 2017, Biography/Memoir, General, Israel, Nonfiction |

The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Karla Gudeon. I love nonfiction picture books about overlooked and under-reported events and people in history. The Language of Angels is just such a picture book, about Itamar Ben-Avi (Ben-Zion) and his father, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who were instrumental in […]

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Two Books about Appreciating Differences

Posted by Sherry on 2/13/2017 in Adult Fiction, Biography/Memoir, General, Nonfiction |

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Nathan and Sally Clarkson. First I picked up The One-in-a-Million Boy, as recommended by Lisa Spence and by Shelia at Dodging Raindrops. It was a good read about a boy who befriends a centenarian, 104 […]

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The Poet and the Vampyre by Andrew McConnell Stott

Posted by Sherry on 2/4/2017 in Biography/Memoir, England, General, Poets and poetry |

The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters by Andrew McConnell Stott. What sad, dissipated, lost, and horrible people! This book is about the Shelleys, Percy Bysshe and Mary, Mary’s step-sister, Claire, Lord Byron, and for some reason, Byron’s erstwhile doctor, John Polidori. It’s mostly about the […]

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Jonathan Edwards by Simonetta Carr

I’m spending my Thursdays here on the blog in the eighteenth century, 1700’s. This picture book biography of the great preacher and theologian, Jonathan Edwards (b.1703, d.1758), is just beautiful. The book is hardcover, printed on lovely paper, large print, with both color illustrations and photographs of important documents and places in Edwards’ life. I […]

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Texas Yankee by Nina Brown Baker

Posted by Sherry on 1/24/2017 in Biography/Memoir, Texas Tuesday |

Texas Tuesday: Texas Yankee; The Story of Gail Borden by Nina Brown Baker. Benito Juarez, Peter the Great, Simon Bolivar, F.W. Woolworth, America Vespucci, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Nellie Bly are a few of the other celebrities and historical figures that Nina Brown Baker wrote about in her prolific career as a children’s biographer. Texas […]

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Christmas in New York City, 1835

Posted by Sherry on 12/5/2016 in Biography/Memoir, Celebrations, Christmas, Christmas gifts |

A Dutch Christmas on St. Nicholas Day from Mary Mapes Dodge: Jolly Girl by Miriam E. Mason, one of the many volumes in the Childhood of Famous Americans series: “First they all sang several songs. Then somebody told the story of the first trip good Saint Nicholas made across the ocean from Holland. Finally, there […]

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Christmas in Kentucky, 1809

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2016 in Biography/Memoir, Celebrations, Christmas, General |

From Kit Carson, Trailblazer and Scout by Shannon Garst: “The homemade crib in the snug log cabin of the Linsey Carsons was seldom empty. When on Christmas Eve of 1809 the thin wail of a newborn babe rose from the battered cradle, the little cabin was already fairly bulging with Carson offspring, and the birth […]

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