Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.
Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.
Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?
The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.
Inside Syria: the backstory of their Civil War and what the world can expect by Reese Erlich ; foreword by Noam Chomsky
How to be a Victorian: a dawn-to-dusk guide to Victorian life by Ruth Goodman
The return of George Washington: 1783-1789 by Edward J. Larson
The collapse: the accidental opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte
A storm of witchcraft: the Salem trials and the American experience by Emerson W. Baker
Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell
Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems
The doghouse by Jan Thomas
Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti
Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley
Fifty states: every question answered by Lori Baird, Marcel Brousseau, Amber Rose
The devils' alliance: Hitler's pact with Stalin, 1939- 1941 by Roger Moorhouse
The fortunes of Africa: a 5000-year history of wealth, greed, and endeavour by Martin Meredith
Leningrad: siege and symphony by Brian Moynahan
Michigan's most haunted: a ghostly guide to the Great Lakes state by Sandy Arno Lyons
The haunting of America: from the Salem witch trials to Harry Houdini by William J. Birnes and Joel Martin ; foreword by George Noory
Haunted halls: ghostlore of American college campuses by Elizabeth Tucker
Ghosts of southeast Michigan by Kristy Robinett
Occult America: the secret history of how mysticism conquered America by Mitch Horowitz
On Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will be discussing:
The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter — While Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloging the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
It was on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona that the infamous gunfight took place. Generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American West, it is believed to have lasted all of thirty seconds. On one side were the cowboy outlaws Billy Clairborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury. Opposing them were Marshall Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt, as well as Doc Holliday. Hollywood versions of the gun battle can be found in the films My Darling Clementine (1946), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and Tombstone (1993). Find out what the fight was really all about and who survived by checking out some of the following books and dvds from the Library's collection:
And die in the West: the story of the O.K. Corral gunfight by Paula Mitchell Marks
Augustus: first emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy
The Roosevelts: an intimate history by Geoffrey C. Ward ; based on a documentary film by Ken Burns ; with a preface by Ken Burns ; picture research by Susanna Steisel ; design by Maggie Hinders
Tennessee Williams: mad pilgrimage of the flesh by John Lahr
Cosby: his life and times by Mark Whitaker
Death of a king: the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz
Napoleon's buttons: how 17 molecules changed history by Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson
Mauve: how one man invented a color that changed the world by Simon Garfield
Marie Curie: a life by Susan Quinn
Rebel souls: Walt Whitman and America's first bohemians by Justin Martin
An empire on the edge: how Britain came to fight America by Nick Bunker
Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America by Jonathan Darman
The age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth
Thirteen days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright
The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking [kit] by Oliver Burkeman — Burkeman introduces us to a group of people who share a surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hardheaded business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. Their alternative path to happiness and success involves embracing failure, pessimism, and uncertainty--the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid.
The First World War in 100 objects by John Hughes-Wilson ; IWM consultant, Nigel Steel ; editor, Mark Hawkins-Dady
The history of rock 'n' roll in ten songs by Greil Marcus
Music in the shadows: noir musical films by Sheri Chinen Biesen
The great fire by Jim Murphy
Smoldering city: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871- 1874 by Karen Sawislak
City of the century: the epic of Chicago and the making of America by Donald L. Miller
City of big shoulders: a history of Chicago by Robert G. Spinney
Get ready for this year's
exciting hockey season by
reading about some of it's greatest
stars - both on and off the ice!
Orr: my story by Bobby Orr
Mr. Hockey: My Story by Howe, Gordie
Steve Yzerman: heart of a champion by Joe Falls ... [et al.] ; edited by Francis J. Fitzgerald
Total Gretzky: the magic, the legend, the numbers by edited by Steve Dryden
Because of my superior location near the New Book shelves, I get first crack at the new items that come in, including the chapter books, the picture books, even nonfiction and biographies. Did you know that a biography is a book about a real person? Today I snuck a new biography about Peter Roget, the person who made Roget’s Thesaurus. Guess what? A thesaurus is not a dinosaur. It’s a list of words, and the ones that mean the same thing are all grouped together. Peter Roget always made lists of things, from when he was a very little boy, and one day those lists became his first thesaurus.You can even browse a version of Roget’s Thesaurus online.
The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator
Find other fascinating stories about real people in the J Biography section at the back of the Children’s Department, or ask a Children's Librarian.
Wilson [large print] by A. Scott Berg
Heart [large print]: an American medical odyssey by Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, MD, with Liz Cheney
You must remember this [large print]: life and style in Hollywood's golden age by Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman
The rush: America's fevered quest for fortune, 1848-1853 by Edward Dolnick
Makers of modern Asia by edited by Ramachandra Guha
Empire of mud: the secret history of Washington, DC by J. D. Dickey
Racing dreams [videodisc]: coming of age in a fast world by produced by Bristol Baughan, Marshall Curry ; written and directed by Marshall Curry
GMO OMG [videodisc] by a Compeller Pictures production ; in association with Heartworn Pictures ; presented by Nature's Path ; produced by Joshua A. Kunau ; written and directed by Jeremy Seifert
Freedom summer [videodisc] by Corporation for Public Broadcasting