I enjoy reading Mark Forsyth's blog (http://blog.inkyfool.com/) and his fascinating histories behind words. His playful tone can sometimes border on pontificating, especially if you aren't cozy with the OED. Want to learn more about...
Book Genre: History
I've written about the Appalachian Trail here before, and this new book, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the AT, is a wonderful addition to the literature about the world's longest footpath. Filled with beautiful...
This is a very funny and really interesting look at what it was like to be a NASA space shuttle astronaut. Told by a man who admittedly suffers from "arrested development" and who happens to be in the first group to include females (Sally Ride was in this group), Mike Mullane recounts his...
This book is beautiful just beautiful. I like the strange old names of the vegetables, I really enjoyed the gardener's passion involved in both Jefferson and Peter Hatch. This book is filled with great pictures and really nice stories.
This is an excellent book for children and parents who are interested in learning the traditions of tea time in order to host their own. The images are beautiful paintings from various time periods, and the importance of tradition and ritual at teatime are emphasized in the text and the...
This book is packed full of information about the Boston Tea Party, the events that led to its occurrence, and those that took place after it. Although there is a good deal of information, it is presented in a zany fashion--there are snippets all over the pages that add to the main text....
This book is a retelling of the Boston Tea Party as a graphic novel. The pictures and text make it very accessible to children of a wide variety of ages. The information given in this book is accurate and clear without an extreme amount of text.
At the end of the book, there...
This is an excellent resource for children who are researching or learning more about the Boston Tea Party. There are many details about the events leading up to that day, John Adams and his role in it, and the event itself. The images serve to enhance the information and are...
This book includes a great deal of information about the Boston Tea Party. It goes into detail regarding the people involved, why the colonists felt the way they did, and why the British government taxed the colonists. It is a great book for an older child as it it somewhat long....
This is a beautifully illustrated history of the Boston Tea Party. The simplicity of the writing blended with the complexity and specificity of the content make this historical event easily accessible to all ages. I would highly recommend this book to share information on the history...
This book is a brief account of the Boston Tea Party in very simple language. Although not tremendously descriptive, the images are lovely and the bilingual aspect helps it to cater to a wide audience.
Digging deep into North Carolina genealogy, I did some reading to help me understand what I was discovering. The March (could also be titled "War is Hell") helped me understand divided families, the desertions and causalities.
This is the story of the Manhattan Project and the development of the first atomic bomb during World War II. From 1943 until the end of WWII all other scientific research in the country came to a standstill while the greatest scientific talent was directed to this one critical project....
Acknowledging both the form and function of the BMX bike, Rad Rides dials into the world of BMX by providing an informative history of the culture, style, and mechanical evolution of the 20 inch ride. Spanning from the early 1970s with the initiation of BMX by radical, rebellious youth...
A fun and fast read that makes you rethink all the printed text around you.
Imagine being the first to float down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. That’s the story told in this great adventure book. John Wesley Powell and his companions didn’t know what challenges they would face. In 1869 when the group set out there were no available records about the river...
Perhaps the Bible of fermentation? Covers the gamut from history to philosophy to science to the art of fermentation, this book demonstrates the variety of ways people around the world have preserved foods in creative and practical ways. I can't wait to try my hand at sauerkraut and...
Sometimes I think goth, punk, and the retro styles now seen are variations on the flapper rebellion of the 1920s. Zeitz manages to bring scholarship to the topic without making the flapper's story too boring.
If you want to stay blissfully ignorant about Nancy Drew being a real person, put this book down!
What?! Why have we not heard more about this? Pictures and everything! If you think you've read everything there is to read on Egyptology, this will be a surprising read.
I don't think I would have picked this title up had a customer not recommended it to me. It is a fasicnating exploration of tolerance, treatments, and the language of madness.
Ever wondered about fortune cookies - where they come from and why? Those cute takeout containers? Why there are so many Chinese restaurants and why so many seem the same? This quick read helps answer those questions and explores other interesting factors related to America's love of Chinese (...
Niagara Falls lives in the American imagination as both a natural wonder and a national symbol. But what is its real value? The spiritually ennobling view of its torrential emerald waters? Its ongoing role as a hydropower colossus? Its kitsch cache as a tourist and honeymooner destination? In...
Haunting photographs set the tone for Harry Skrdla's beautifully written guide to the rise and fall of 30 tragically abandoned American structures. Each chapter explores decomposing edifices by category (industrial, transportation-related, commercial, public, residential and amusement),...
If you're a fan of NPR's This American Life, you know Sarah Vowell. She's as funny in print, witty and smart while educating you on detailed historical incidents not covered in primary school. The Lincoln assassination, yes, but Garfield and McKinley?
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