Long before Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were big names in the movies, actors such as Chaplin, Dietrich, Bogart, and Gable were considered the ultimate in star power. Read about some of the great actors and actresses who may be gone, but will certainly not be forgotten.
Robert Mitchum: "baby, I don't care" by Lee Server
Dark lover: the life and death of Rudolph Valentino by Emily W. Leider
Bogart by A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax
Man on the flying trapeze: the life and times of W.C. Fields by Simon Louvish
Pioneering women who led and won struggles for equality and civil rights; created and advanced educational and professional opportunities; and made great contributions to the arts, sciences and humanistic causes are honored each year during the month of March — National Women's History Month.
Chronology of women worldwide: people, places & events that shaped women's history by Lynne Brakeman, editor ; Susan Gall, managing editor
Extraordinary women of the Medieval and Renaissance world: a biographical dictionary by Carole Levin ... [et al.]
Notable Black American women by Jessie Carney Smith, editor
Notable women in world government by edited by the editors of Salem Press
The reader's companion to U.S. women's history by editors, Wilma Mankiller ... [et al.]
Hundred days: the campaign that ended World War I by Nick Lloyd
Dance of the reptiles: selected columns by Carl Hiaasen ; edited by Diane Stevenson
Flappers: six women of a dangerous generation by Judith Mackrell
Verdun: the longest battle of the Great War by Paul Jankowski
The abolitionists [videodisc] by written, directed, and produced by Rob Rapley
Citizen King [videodisc] by a ROJA Productions film for American experience ; in association with the BBC and WGBH Boston
The fight [videodisc] by produced by Barak Goodman
Jesse Owens [videodisc] by a Firelight Films production for American Experience in association with WDR ; produced and directed by Laurens Grant ; written and produced by Stanley Nelson
Letters from Jackie [videodisc]: the private thoughts of Jackie Robinson by MLB Productions
The march [videodisc]: the story of the greatest march in American history by produced by Smoking Dogs Films U.K
The butler: a witness to history by Wil Haygood
The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis
Crusader for justice: federal judge Damon J. Keith by compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman ; forward by Mitch Albom
Dave Bing: a life of challenge by Drew Sharp
A gentleman of color: the life of James Forten by Julie Winch
Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen
Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians.
We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman
Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka
Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield
The classic slave narratives by edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Celia, a slave by Melton A. McLaurin
Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin
The life and adventures of Henry Bibb: an American slave by Henry Bibb ; with a new introduction by Charles J. Heglar
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: how an extraordinary eighteenth- century family moved out of slavery and into legend by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina; researched with Anthony Gerzina
Black mutiny: the revolt on the schooner Amistad by William A. Owens
On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles
The slaves' war: the Civil War in the words of former slaves by Andrew Ward
Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man by Vincent Carretta
American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.
Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.
4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.
Starting at zero by Jimi Hendrix
Journey to the sun: Junípero Serra's dream and the founding of California by Gregory Orfalea
Seymour Hersh: scoop artist by Robert Miraldi
Self-help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and success in modern America by Steven Watts
A story lately told: coming of age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston
Wooden: a coach's life by Seth Davis
Examined life: excursions with contemporary thinkers by edited by Astra Taylor
Examined life [videodisc] by Sphinx Productions in co- productions with the National Film Board of Canada in association with Ontario Media Development Corporation, TVO and Knowledge Network
The problems of philosophy, by Bertrand Russell by Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970
A history of western philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking by Daniel C. Dennett
2014 Medal Winner and Honor Books:
Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth
A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin by written by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Look up!: bird-watching in your own backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Locomotive by Brian Floca
The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
This award recognizes an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.
This year's winner is:
P.S. be eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
This year's honor books are:
March. Book one by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
Words with wings by Nikki Grimes
2014 Award Recipients and Honor Books:
The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli
Ball by word and pictures by Mary Sullivan
A big guy took my ball! by Mo Willems
Saving Italy: the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel
Rescuing da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis stole Europe's great art: America and her allies recovered it by Robert M. Edsel ; forewords by Lynn H. Nicholas and Edmund P. Pillsbury
Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson
At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch
Quiet [kit]: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. People who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's Sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.
Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mother's reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother’s world of the 1930s and ‘40s, where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.
Detroit: an American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to Detroit's fate, his family's, and his own. Detroit has gone through good times, 'the Arsenal of Democracy' and bad times and right now everyone's wondering what its' fate will be.