We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution consists of this single sentence that introduces the document and its purpose. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America and is the oldest written national constitution still in force. Completed on September 17, 1787, with its adoption by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it was later ratified by special conventions in each of the thirteen United States.
Time Magazine has just revealed their list of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books. The list is comprised of their choices of the most influential nonfiction books written in English since 1923 (when Time Magazine first published), and are taken from all categories, including biorgraphy, history, politcs, health, business, sports and culture. While lists like these are always subject to debate, it is certainly a starting point for some great reading. Although the Library doesn't own every title, a majority can be found throughout our various collections:
Autobiography / Memoir
The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Black boy: (American hunger): a record of childhood and youth by Richard Wright; with a forward by Edward P. Jones
Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama
A covert affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant
Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The fires of the gods: a Sugawara Akitada mystery by I.J. Parker
The last stand [sound recording]: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
The piano teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
August 17 marks the 225th birthday of American legend Davy Crockett. Although much lore surrounds the life of the coonskin-capped frontiersman, the truth is actually a different story–and just as interesting. History buffs will find Michael Wallis' new biography, David Crockett: The Lion of the West, a compelling portrait of the man.
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella by Neil Lanctot
Agent Zigzag: a true story of Nazi espionage, love, and betrayal by Ben MacIntyre — A charming British thief and con man becomes a spy during World War II – and turns double agent
Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg
Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen
Jeannie out of the bottle by Barbara Eden with Wendy Leigh
Read about these genius geeks and visit the Apple museum. Check out Apple's history and find out more about these inventors.
In recognition of Women's History Month:
Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff
Livia, Empress of Rome: a biography by Matthew Dennison
And furthermore by Judi Dench
Bird Cloud: a memoir by Annie Proulx
Mennonite in a little black dress: a memoir of going home by Rhoda Janzen. Full of wit and humor, this book is a charming story of moving home to heal from both a broken marriage and an injury. An eccentric, Mennonite family welcomes the author.
Why does e=mc2: (and why should we care?) by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.
Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
March by Geraldine Brooks
The lady in the tower : the fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir
The comforts of home : thrifty and chic decorating ideas for making the most of what you have by Caroline Clifton- Mogg
Lives like loaded guns : Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds by Lyndall Gordon
Lord of misrule: a novel by Jaimy Gordon
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
Mockingbird: (mok'ing-bûrd) by Kathryn Erskine
Dig deeper into Dickinson's life and works with the riveting new biography of the poet: Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds by Lyndall Gordon. Gordon explores the poet's letters, poems and community to offer the reader a fascinating new perspective.