Sunday, February 24 is the 85th Oscar Awards. Brush up on your film history with...
The big screen: the story of the movies by David Thomson
Treasures from American film archives [videodisc]: 50 preserved films by producer, National Film Preservation Foundation ; curator, Scott Simmon ; music curator, Martin Marks
The year 1863 was a particularly memorable one in both American and world history. It was 150 years ago that the world's first underground railroad opened in London; the dome of the United States Capitol was finished; the National Academy of Sciences was created; both Arizona Territory and Idaho Territory were created; West Virginia was admitted to the Union; Jules Verne published Five Weeks in a Ballon; and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow first published the poem Paul Revere's Ride. It was also the midpoint of the Civil War. Read about some of the other memorable events of that year below:
Join us as we read and discuss the key points in the classic business book, "Good to Great" by James Collins. Led by retired executive and Canton Kiwanis Club President, Mark Ott, this discussion is for business owners, leaders and anyone interested in leadership.
Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. Mr. LeDuff, a FOX2 television journalist, will discuss his book at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Thursday, February 14 at 7:00PM.
Rosa Parks: my story by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins
Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
Quiet strength: the faith, the hope, and the heart of a woman who changed a nation by reflections by Rosa Parks with Gregory J. Reed
Citizen soldier: a life of Harry S. Truman by Aida D. Donald
Do the movies have a future? by David Denby
The eve of destruction: how 1965 transformed America by James T. Patterson
The presidents club: inside the world's most exclusive fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy
The racketeer [Large Print] by John Grisham
Hummingbird Lake: an Eternity Springs novel by Emily March
Waging heavy peace: a hippie dream by Neil Young
"Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Author Honor Books:
"Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson
"No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller" by Vonda Micheaux Nelson
"I, Too, Am America" illustrated by Bryan Collier
Illustrator Honor Books:
"H.O.R.S.E." illustrated by Christopher Myers
"Ellen's Broom" illustrated by Daniel Minter
"I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr." illustrated by Kadir Nelson
A bright shining lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
Computers for seniors for dummie [Large print] by Nancy Muir
Using the internet safely for seniors for dummies [Large print] by Linda Criddle and Nancy Muir
On Thursday, February 14 at Noon we will be discussing:
Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds by Lyndall Gordon — In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. Lyndall Gordon, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, and reveals Emily as a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. Gordon digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, and presents a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality all on her own terms. An enthralling story of creative genius, filled with illicit passion and betrayal.
165 years ago, on January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill setting off the California Gold Rush. People began flocking to the state later that year, but the majority didn't arrive until the next year — hence the term "forty-niners." All told, the news drew some 300,000 people from all over the world (Latin America, Europe, Australia and China) between the years 1849 and 1855, to seek their fortune in California.
The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War by Leonard L. Richards
Days of gold: the California Gold Rush and the American nation by Malcolm J. Rohrbough
Roaring camp: the social world of the California Gold Rush by Susan Lee Johnson
The NFL playoffs are in full swing and Super Bowl 47 is right around the corner. While you're waiting, catch up on some of the lives of some of the sport's greatest players and coaches — both past and present:
Moving the chains: Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything by Charles P. Pierce
Namath: a biography by Mark Kriegel
On January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812, British forces suffered more than 2,000 casualties in their attack on New Orleans. The defending U.S. forces were led by General Andrew Jackson who became a national hero as a result. Ironically, neither side knew that the war had already ended two weeks before with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.
The Battle of New Orleans by Robert V. Remini
Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He would have turned 78 this year. A multi-dimensional performer, Elvis' diverse talents are on display in the many recordings and movies that he left behind:
Careless love: the unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick