Seniors

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: E-lectrified and Keep It Real: E-lectrified badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor, and arrogance. His life and career were marked by power, scandal, and tragedy.

Born in 1838, Queen Lili'uokalani was a talented composer who took the throne after her brother's death in 1891. She dealt with the U.S. government revoking her position on the sugar market, was overtaken by U.S. Marines, and lost her throne.

Outlaw, soldier, general and politician, he led a life that ended in violence but left him a legend.

Recounts the life of a colonial silversmith who risked everything for the American Revolution.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Read one of these autobiographies by some of your favorite musicians.

Lady sings the blues by Billie Holiday
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your My Mitten: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

In 1958 Detroit, on Alder Avenue, neighbors struggle to care for neighbors amid a city ripe with conflicts that threaten their peaceful street. Grace, Alder's only expectant mother, eagerly awaits her first born. Best friend Julia prepares to welcome twin nieces. And Malina sets the tone with her stylish dresses, tasteful home, and ironfisted stewardship of St. Alban's bake sale. Life erupts when childlike Elizabeth disappears while in the care of Grace and Julia.

Don't look for me by Loren D Estleman

Amos Walker doesn't mean to walk into trouble. But sometimes it finds him, regardless. The missing woman has left a handwritten note that said, "Don't look for me." Any P.I. would take that as a challenge, especially when he found out that she'd left the same message once before, when having an illicit affair. But this time it's different. The trail leads Walker to an herbal remedies store, where the beautiful young clerk knows nothing about the dead body in the basement . . . or about any illegal activity that might be connected to the corpse.

Mr. Paradise : a novel by Elmore Leonard
Broken monsters by Lauren Beukes

Detective Gabriella Versado investigates after disturbing displays that fuse the bodies of murder victims with those of animals are uncovered in abandoned Detroit buildings.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: Super Bookworm and Keep It Real: Super Bookworm badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Enjoy these short but fascinating biographies which come in under 200 pages.

Abraham Lincoln by George S. McGovern
Virginia Woolf by Nigel Nicolson
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Hit the Road: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

The inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved two great goals that others had told him were impossible - first by setting a record for the longest automobile journey ever made around the world -- in the course of which he blasted his way out of minefields, survived a breakdown atop the Peak of Death, and came within seconds of being lynched in Pakistan. After that - although it took him 47 more years - he set another record by going to every country on Earth. He achieved this by surviving riots, revolutions, voodoo priests, pickpockets, and Cape buffalo. He survived  every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that Nature threw at him  - and overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, giant leeches, and flying crabs.

Exploring  the most extraordinary, off-grid, offbeat places on the planet, Alastair Bonnett's tour of the planet's most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man's lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points.

Central Asia has long stood at the crossroads of history. It was the staging ground for the armies of the Mongol Empire, for the nineteenth-century struggle between the Russian and British empires, and for the NATO campaign in Afghanistan. Today, multinationals and nations compete for the oil and gas reserves of the Caspian Sea and for control of the pipelines. Yet 'Stanland' is still, to many, a terra incognita, a geographical blank.The author takes readers along with him on his encounters with the people, landscapes, and customs of the diverse countries--Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan--he has come to love. He talks with teachers, students, politicians, environmental activists, bloggers, cab drivers, merchants, Peace Corps volunteers, and more.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

A group of trivia-obsessed grad students take a shot at a citywide trivia tournament.

Keeping one step ahead of their bookie, two L.A. gamblers embark on a winning streak that takes them to Reno, Nevada, where they enter a high-stakes poker game against the legendary Amarillo Slim.

The Kid thinks he's the best 5-card stud player in town, but The Man has never been beaten. It is therefore inevitable that they go head-on, and what a game it will be: a non-stop, stud poker duel-to-the-death to decide who will be the reigning king of the New Orleans gambling world.

Aging pool shark who believes "money won is twice as sweet as money earned", forms a profitable yet volatile partnership with a young pool hustler.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Stories about the board game Monopoly and those who play it, ending with the Monopoly World Championship.

Explores Garry Kasparov's suggestion that IBM might have cheated for financial gain after he was roundly defeated by IBM's super-computer Deep Blue in a set of chess matches.

A journey into the world of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. Shortz has spent his entire lifetime studying, creating and editing puzzles, and has built a huge following along the way including Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.

I.S.318 is an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level, that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Hit the Road: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

A business commuter is targeted and hunted by a trucker for no apparent reason.

Neal Page wants to fly home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. Del Griffith leads Page on a hilarious, cross-country, wild goose chase that keeps him from tasting his turkey.

Despite their individual problems and disappointments, the Hoovers decide to support young daughter Olive's dream of competing in a California beauty pageant.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Hit the Road: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.
Blue highways : a journey into America by William Least Heat Moon

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

Assassination vacation by Sarah Vowell

A tour of key historic sites in America where incidents of political violence have occurred reveals lesser-known points of interest pertaining to each and shares information about how history has been shaped by popular culture and tourism.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Seniors