Book Genre: History

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Jennifer 8. Lee
Michelle
4

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 (...

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Ginger Gail Strand
Liberty
5

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...

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Harry Skrdla
Liberty
5

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),...

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Sarah Vowell
Michelle
4

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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Mary Roach
angela
5

A book on cadavers doesn't seem like it could be funny, but author Mary Roach takes a humorous approach to a serious subject. A respectful and historical look at death and what happens to the bodies that are left behind. Filled with everything from plastic surgery to murder to medical miracles,...

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Catherine Gildiner
Liberty
4

Cathy McClure is a bright child, growing up in a picturesque small town minutes from the thundering splendor of Niagara Falls. Sent to work full-time in her father's drug store by age four as a treatment for hyperactivity, Cathy is a child circulating in an adult world. Day-to-day life with her...

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Mort Rosenblum
Michelle
4

Mort takes the reader around the world from Oaxaca to the Ivory Coast to Hershey, PA, to explore the depths of chocolate. It's a fascinating look at the culinary, political, sociological, economic, historical and health issues surrounding the food of the gods. If you like chocolate at all, you'...

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Robert A. F Thurman
Michelle
4

This excellent readable little book, one of seven from Oxford University Press on the seven biggies, investigates the little good and the tremendous bad that comes from anger.

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Marjane Satrapi
Michelle
4

This graphic novel is Satrapi's memoir of her adolescence in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Entertaining and educational, the text and the illustrations are memorable and fascinating.

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James Howard Kunstler
Liberty
5

Our beloved author of The Geography of Nowhere and Home From Nowhere, casts his New Urbanist eye on major cities near and far. This civic planning classic-to-be examines the historical development of Atlanta, Berlin, Boston, Las Vegas, London, Mexico City, Paris and Rome....

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Jim Hightower
Michelle
4

Another funny and insightful book from Hightower. The Bush-bashing genre produces much of the same but Hightower always has a different spin, a different angle. You'll learn a lot.