Reviews and Blog Posts: history

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Reviewer Rating:
5

Did you ever wonder why Disney had such a "hot streak" with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin and then the magic seemed to fade? Waking Sleeping Beauty is the behind the scenes story of Disney Animation during this time. Told with all archival...

Pop Microhistories: Great Big Stories about Extremely Specific Subjects

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Good news for popular nonfiction readers: we've recently published a new online booklist chock-full of microhistories. So what is a microhistory, anyway?

The term has meant different things to different people over the years. First used by historians to describe close investigations into the lives of common people, early examples of the practice include Carlo Ginzburg's The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller and Natalie Zemon Davis's The Return of Martin Guerre.

David and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

Reviewer Rating:
4

Gladwell takes on perceptions of advantage & disadvantage in his latest work of research that encompasses sociology, psychology, and history. Starting with the foundation of the story of David and Goliath--and the historical facts about this oft told story--Gladwell uses many examples from the real world to allow the reader...

Hannah Arendt

Reviewer Rating:
4

The German film director, Margarethe von Trotta, chooses stories about strong, conflicted women so it is not surprising her latest film is a biopic about Hannah Arendt. In the 1930s, Arendt was prohibited from teaching in Germany because she was Jewish. She was stripped of her citizenship, escaped a camp and...

Boxers

by Gene Luen Yang

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Boxer Rebellion is something I'd heard of but didn't have a clue what it was (other than a funny term that might refer to underwear).  I didn't even know it happened in China.  This book not only gave me a basic understanding of the event, but gives a fictional...

Alchemy and Meggy Swann

by Karen Cushman

Reviewer Rating:
4

Alchemy and Meggy Swann is set in Elizabethan London, 1573, when many of the superstitions of the Medieval era were just starting to give way to the seeds of Empiricism; when the printing press was revolutionizing the ways people thought, read, and communicated; and when the theater was about to...

Hot Fall Nonfiction

Empress Dowager CIXI

Are you the kind of person that likes to settle in to fall with some good nonfiction? History, biography, memoir? Or maybe you're looking for some new recipes or home tips? We've got those too!  Check out these coming soon titles!

Biography, Memoir, and History:

Empress Dowager CIXI: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

Books & Authors, (Not) Well Behaved Women, and Cakes!

One Land Two Stories

After you recover from our Novel Night fundraiser on Friday, Fresh City Life My Branch continues to serve up a diversity of adult cultural programs for your learning pleasure!

We all know that Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Learn about some of the great female Colorado troublemakers in this presentation by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Sam Gary. Encore presentation on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Unbound: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery

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"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery." -- President Barack Obama

For every triumph of human rights, there is a new corner of darkness somewhere in the world that needs the bright light of justice shone on it. And that light doesn't have to reach very far; Colorado is a hub for international human trafficking. A special task force has been formed to combat the problem.

Read up. Knowledge is empowering: many contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are reporting on this heartbreaking subject.

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