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jennifer L.'s Book Lists
Pet Stories (40 titles)
Here is a list of short story collections about pets.
Farmers' Market (36 titles)

Entertaining (24 titles)

Get Ready for the MN State Fair (37 titles)

Road Trip USA (57 titles)
A list of books containing things to see and do on your next road trip.
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Cover ArtAda Blackjack : a true story of survival in the Arctic
by Niven, Jennifer.
The odds were stacked against her as things went from bad to worse for 23-year-old Ada Blackjack, the sole woman and Eskimo to take part in a five-person expedition to Wrangel Island in the high Arctic in 1921. She faced the men’s ridicule, bitter cold, hunger, and starvation. A tremendous book about a true little-known heroine.   posted Jun 5, 2014 at 3:50PM

Cover ArtTriangle : the fire that changed America
by Von Drehle, David
Set against the background of the struggles of Italian and Jewish immigrants, corrupt city politics, and the rise of the fashion industry, we learn of the fire that broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village on March 25, 1911. A gripping page-turning tale relating the horror of the disaster with little graphic detail.   posted Jun 5, 2014 at 3:48PM

Cover ArtThe great influenza : the epic story of the deadliest plague in history
by Barry, John M.
A fascinating look at the flu pandemic of 1918-1919 and the men and women who were striving to find out what caused influenza and develop a cure. The politics and events of the time are also discussed. A very readable narrative account that should be enjoyed by history lovers.   posted Jun 5, 2014 at 3:47PM

Cover ArtThey poured fire on us from the sky : the true story of three lost boys from Sud
by Benson Deng and Alephonsion Deng and Benjamin Ajak and Judy A. Bernstein
A beautifully crafted account of the horrendous true story of three boys’ (ages 5,7 and 9) journey of over 1,000 miles across war-torn Sudan, first to Ethiopia then Kenya, in search of refuge. Told in alternating chapters as remembrances of the three boys now in their 20s.   posted Jun 5, 2014 at 3:46PM

Cover ArtLand of a thousand hills : my life in Rwanda
by Rosamond Halsey Carr
When Rosamund Carr first arrived in Africa, as a new young bride, she had no idea that she would spend the rest of her life there, nearly half a century. While operating a flower plantation Carr fell in love with Rwanda and its people. She met many interesting people, had many great adventures, and had several near death experiences while living in this land of beautiful mountains. Those who enjoy travel, history, biography, women’s studies, or who just want to read about an amazing woman will enjoy this title.   posted Jun 5, 2014 at 3:45PM

Cover ArtIndian summer : the forgotten story of Louis Sockalexis, the first native Americ
by McDonald, Brian
He should have been the greatest baseball player of all in the history of the game. Instead he became its biggest tragedy. In 1897 Louis Sockalexis was signed by the Cleveland major league baseball team. He possessed speed, power and a strong arm unlike any seen before or since. A wonderful biography, smoothly melding baseball, current events, and U.S. history, about a baseball player whose nickname "The Indian" was given to the team he played for.   posted Jun 5, 2014 at 3:44PM

Cover ArtThe Barbary plague : the Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
by Chase, Marilyn
On January 2, 1900, bubonic plague-infected rats from a steamship made their undetected entrance into San Francisco through its sewer system. Two months later the first case of the bubonic plague was confirmed in Chinatown. Over the next ten years two different doctors were put in charge of battling the disease. One of them failed, the other one succeeded. Chase’s narrative style is enjoyable and informative.   posted Jun 5, 2014 at 3:27PM

Cover ArtMy Beloved World
by SotomayorSonia
In this entertaining well written autobiography filled with humor and love Sotomayor the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court candidly recalls a tumultuous childhood growing up in a Bronx housing project during which time she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her mother’s strong belief in education spurred her to thrive in school and her determination saw her through catholic school, Princeton and Yale Law School. Sotomayor is a natural storyteller leaving the reader to feel as though she is sitting by your side telling you her life’s story.   posted May 30, 2014 at 12:23PM

Cover ArtHack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season
by Chastain, Bill
Wilson was a physical oddity being muscular and barrel-chested, weighing 195 pounds but was only 5 foot 6 and wore a size 6 shoe. In 1930 Wilson was entrenched in the deeply talented lineup of the Chicago Cubs when he produced this stunning season: a .356 batting average, 56 home runs and 191 RBI. Chastain put me in to Prohibition era Chicago with descriptions of speakeasies and the gang wars involving Al Capone. A fanscinating read about a ballplayer whose name I'd heard before but until reading Chastain's book didn't know much about.   posted Nov 21, 2013 at 3:42PM

Cover ArtEast of the Sun: a Memoir
by IsmailNoha
Born in Jaffe, Palestine in the early 1940s and moved to live in Alexandria, Egypt by her father when she was 4 years old; Noha describes her formative years in Alexandria and the personal journey that lead her to the United States in 1970. International in scope, universal in outlook, her story, which covers several decades, is set against the backdrop of political and social upheaval. Whether one is intrigued by history, culture or stories of personal discovery East of the Sun is an enriching read. As I read this wonderful memoir I felt as though Noha, a true storyteller, was sitting next to me telling me her story.   posted Oct 13, 2012 at 12:28PM

Cover ArtOogy: the dog only a family could love
by LevinLarry
Have you ever had the opportunity to rescue an animal from the jaws of certain death? In 2002 while at the Ardmore Animal Hospital, Levin and his twin sons met a little white pup who was missing his left ear and most of the left side of his face, which was covered in scar tissue. The pup who'd been used as a "bait dog" to train fighting dogs was energetic and loveable. Levin and his sons instantly fell in love with him and he with them. Now they had the task of convincing Jennifer (wife and mother) that they should adopt him. A true story filled with love and life-long devotion.   posted May 19, 2012 at 1:40PM

Cover ArtAll My Patients Kick and Bite more favorite stories from a vet's practice
by WellsJeff
Have you every wondered what at Veterinarian’s life is like? Veterinarian Wells returns with another collection of warm, humorous tales of the animals he treats and the people who own and care for them. He introduces us to a cross section of critters who come through his office , or who he has to visit. He doesn’t just deal with cats and dogs, but also sheep, goats, llamas, caattle, horses, donkeys and mules, most of which require outpatient visits. The stories are as much about the human owners as about the animal patients; for pet owners, Wells provides insight into a vet’s view of the world. I loved gaining insight and an even greater appreciation for my dog’s vet and everything he deals with on a daily basis. I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end.A fantastic read that pet owners will love.   posted Dec 30, 2011 at 2:42PM

Cover ArtLure of Long Distances why we run, The
by HarvieRobin
Have you ever wondered why you or those you love run? Amatuer ultra distance runner Robin Harvie tries to answer this question while giving us a fantastic, enlightening and inspirational look at his own transformation from being a recreational runner to an ultra distance runner. He ran his first marathon on a bet & after yrs of running marathons & not becoming any faster he decided to try to run farther & in 2009 ran in the Spartatholon a 152 mile non-stop race from Athens to Sparta. This is a story for anyone who has ever laced up a pair of running shoes in search of release, of how an ordinary man took on the remarkable to find out what running is really made of.   posted Sep 2, 2011 at 2:50PM

Cover ArtAll my Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories From a Vet's Practice
by WellsJeff
Do you love animals more than anything in the world and have thought that you'd like to be a veterinarian? Wells, a practicing veterinarian in a rural Rocky Mountain Colorado clinic, delivers a humorous and insightful look at his life and work with a wide range of animals. He recounts his rigorous education and on-the-job training as a vet commencing in rural eastern South Dakota. His 36 stories range from treating circus animals to miniature pigs to yaks, along with a host of cat, dog and horse anecdotes. Anyone who loves animals or has enjoyed James Herriot's books will love these short, down-home stories filled with heartfelt emotion and laugh-out-loud incidents.   posted Aug 6, 2011 at 10:17AM

Cover Art56 : Joe DiMaggio and the last magic number in sports
by KennedyKosta
If you love baseball history you know about Joe Dimaggio the Yankees’ superstar centerfielder. Even if you aren’t old enough to have been alive when it happened you’ve probably heard about Joe’s 56 game hitting streak in 1941 a record many experts say will stand forever. Through meticulous research and interviews Kennedy takes readers beyond the field. From the private world inhabited only by DiMaggio and his wife Dorothy to Newark, NJ barbershops, the playgrounds of Queens, and the streets of DiMaggio’s hometown, San Francisco Kennedy humanizes an immortal accomplishment. I didn’t want this smoothly and beautifully written true story to come to an end in part because it is about so much more than baseball.   posted Jun 4, 2011 at 12:33PM

Cover ArtBranch Rickey
by BreslinJimmy
Jimmy Breslin with his gift for easy-to-read yet hard hitting prose beautifully shows us why Branch Rickey was among the most important people, if not the most important person, in the history of baseball. His insightful, humorous and at times biting style will touch even those who aren't baseball fans. I loved this book so much I didn't want it to end. My knowledge of and respect for Branch Ricky grew as I read it.   posted Apr 29, 2011 at 3:31PM

Cover ArtLost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
by GorantJim
Do remember where you were when the news of football star,Michael Vick, being busted for running a dog fighting ring came out? Expanding on his December 29,2008 Sports Illustrated article Gorant offers a ,chilling investigation into Vick’s dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rescued his 51 dogs.All but a few of Vick’s dogs have been rehabilitated-their family pets and even therapy dogs whose stories Gorant tells.Riveting, heartbreak, and finally hopeful,Gorant’s exemplary reporting is essential reading for anyone who cares about animal welfare or what it means to be responsibly human.   posted Mar 31, 2011 at 2:11PM

Cover ArtScent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog
by CharlesonSusannah
Do you remember the last time you saw a search and rescue dog during a disaster? Did you know that most of these teams are strictly made up of volunteers who spend years training to do this difficult and dangerous work? Charleson introduces us to this world as she trains her Golden Retriever puppy "Puzzle" to work with Dallas' elite Metro Area Rescue K9 unit. A fascinating enjoyable read full of humor and adventure that any dog lover must read!   posted Feb 4, 2011 at 3:30PM

Cover ArtI'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen My Journey Home
by JohnsonShoshana
It’s hard for most of us to imagine what it would be like to be a prisoner in a foreign country and suffering severe pain. Johnson gained national attention as America’s first black female POW. She was a cook in the 507th maintenance Company Convoy ambushed on March 23,2003 in Nasiriyah,Iraq and captured with 5 other soldiers including Jessica Lynch. Johnson’s story is inspiring because thoughout her captivity she & her fellow prisoners showed a great amount of courage.   posted Dec 26, 2010 at 3:24PM

Cover Art Fifty-nine in '84 : old Hoss Radbourn, barehanded baseball, and the greatest season a pitcher ever had
by AchornEdward
Achorn focuses on Charles "old Hoss" Radbourn one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history that most of today's fans, including this one, know nothing about.Achorn takes us back to a time when starting pitchers were expected to play the entire game and to pitch often, sometimes on consecutive days and sometimes even both ends of a doubleheader, as Radbourn pitching for the Providence, R.I. Grays did on Memorial Day (1884)winning both. Radbourn pitched 73 complete games and won 59 of them in 1884. An enjoyable and extremely eductional story about a time in baseball many fans know little or nothing about.   posted Oct 6, 2010 at 7:05PM

Cover ArtStreet Shadows: a memoir of race rebellion and redemption
by WalkerJerald
With broad appeal and perfect timing this could be the pick-it-up and pass-it-on memoir of the season. Walker contrasts his misspent youth in the Chicago projects with his adult life as a college professor and family man.Moving back and forth fluidly through time, Walker creates a vivid sense of character, his own and those around him, as well as the standard pitfalls of ghetto life he narrowly avoided. The result is a funny, poignant, thoughtful and exceptionally well-written memoir that follows Walker from Chicago to Africa and locations across the U.S., each of which is crisply, authentically captured. While delivering a thorough, personal take on race relations, opportunity, and privilege, Walker hooks readers with his prose and honesty, without plying for sympathy or playing to readers' preconceptions.   posted Jul 9, 2010 at 4:13PM

Cover ArtAsleep : the forgotten epidemic that remains one of medicine's greatest mysteries
by CrosbyMolly
Here's medical curiosity combining history, mystery and riveting storytelling. In a light, excessible, engaging writing style Crosby relates the vexing appearance during World War I of encephalitis lethargic(sleeping sickness) through the stories of patients, doctors and public health servants swept up in an epidemic that affected as many as five million people worldwide in little over a decade.   posted Jun 1, 2010 at 3:51PM

Cover ArtSoloist: a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Remptive Power of Music, The
by LopezSteve
While hustling back to his office Steve Lopez stumbles across Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless African American man coaxing beautiful music from a two-stringed violin. Over the next few days Lopez discovers that Ayers had been a promising string bass player who attended Julliard in the early 1970s. Los Angeles Times columnist,Lopez’s writing which relates the first two years of his friendship with Nathaniel Anthony Ayers is by turns harrowing, winsome, and inspiring. This powerful title at times brought tears to my eyes.   posted Feb 16, 2010 at 3:48PM

Cover ArtSatchel: the life and times of an American Legend
by TyeLarry
How does one write a story about a man who even during his glory days was as much myth as he was real? Leroy "Satchel" Paige is a poster child for the tragedy of segregated baseball. Tye interviewed more than 200 veteran fellow players of the Negro and Major Leagues and fleshes out the Satchel Paige persona. Through Paige’s hardscrabble years growing up in Jim Crow Alabama to his time with the Negro Leagues’ Kansas City Monarchs, his tours barnstorming against the likes of Dizzy Dean and Bob Feller and seasons played in Cuba, Venezuela ,the Dominican Republic, and the Major Leagues Tye tells the story of one of the finest pitchers ever who finally was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. A joy to read as it was about his life outside of baseball as much as about his baseball career.   posted Feb 12, 2010 at 11:34AM

Cover ArtYogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
by BarraAllen
In this comprehensive and incredibly engaging biography each of Berra's baseball highlights (10 American League Pennants, 8 World Series Championships and 3 Most Valuable Player awards) is meticulously described. From his childhood growing up in St Louis Missouri's Italian neighborhood to his postplayer roles as a manager and coach Barra covers it all and what we embrace throughout is a great athlete and a good guy.   posted Aug 16, 2009 at 3:53PM

Cover ArtA Saint on Death Row: Story of Dominique Green, The
by CahillThomas
In descriptive, poetic words, Cahill tells of Green’s chaotic and troubled life, which led to his participation in an armed robbery that had resulted in murder. Raised by abusive, drug addicted parents, Green was 18 years old in 1992 when he was charged with the fatal shooting of a truck driver outside a Houston, TX convenvience store. His court - appointed lawyers were both inexperienced and negligent. The jury which had no African Americans on it sentenced him to death. A thought provoking and heartbreaking look at a young African American man who turned his life around while serving 12 years on death row in Texas.   posted Aug 13, 2009 at 10:25AM

Cover ArtShopping for Porcupine: A Life in Arctic Alaska
by KantnerSeth
Born in 1965 in a sod igloo in Arctic Alaska and raised in the ways of the Inupiaq people Kantner, using a pleasant coversational tone, shares true stories of his own tundra experiences from childhood through adulthood. Kantner testifies to the immense challanges of day-to-day survival in a homemade sod igloo, a structure that was regularly buried by sudden snow squalls in a climate where "frostbite was a way of life." While the chapters, containing pictures taken by the author, read like individual stories it is the entire book’s beauty I found outstanding. A wonderful story for those loving true-life tales and especially those with an interest in nature and Native American life.   posted May 19, 2009 at 6:26PM

Cover ArtJim the Boy : a Novel
by EarleyTony
Here is a wonderful "a slice of life" historical fiction novel. Living in 1934 Aliceville, North Carolnia 10 year old Jim Glass lives on a farm with his widowed mother and three uncles . The pleasures in Jim’s life are simple: getting a new baseball and playing baseball against the mountain boys;driving with one of his uncles to buy a horse and to see the Atlantic Ocean; making friends with a rival at school; climbing a greased pole at the fair; and being teased by his uncles. The central focus of the novel is the love that binds together members of this atypical family and the quietly affectionate way in which they interact. This is a deceptively gentle, nostalgic look at childhood during an era when life was by turns harsh and hopeful. Jim is a real boy who can be selfish and stubborn and then determined and giving.   posted May 12, 2009 at 1:44PM

Cover ArtWesley the Owl: Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl, The
by O'BrienStacey
Calling all nature and animal lovers. In 1985 Caltech student researcher O'Brien adopted an injured four day old barn owl that she named Wesley. For 19 years she kept,cared for and studied him, forging a tremendous relationship with the still-wild animal, as well as a vast understanding of his abilities, instincts and habits. This heartwarming captivating memoir contains many humorous moments.   posted Apr 16, 2009 at 12:56PM

Cover ArtDewey: Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, The
by MyronVicki
It was one of the coldest January mornings in 1988 in Spencer Iowa when library director Vicki Myron heard a strange sound coming out of the metal book drop box. To her suprise huddled in the corner was a tiny kitten weighing bearly one pound. It was love at first sight for them both. Anyone who is a fan of memoirs, felines, history or simply a good story will enjoy this book.   posted Jan 31, 2009 at 3:44PM

Cover ArtRescuing Sprite: a dog lover's story of joy and anguish
by LevinMark
If you love your older dog as much as I love my little 10 year old Shih Tzu Max this book is for you. In 2004 Mark Levin and his family adopted a beautiful Spaniel mix they named Sprite from the local shelter as a companion for their six year old Border Collie/Cocker Spaniel mix Pepsi. What they didn’t know when they adopted him was that Sprite was over 10 years old and had health problems. What followed was 26 months of joy, love and anguish for the Levins, Sprite and Pepsi.   posted Jul 29, 2008 at 8:40PM

Cover ArtThree Cups of Tea
by MortensonGreg
Who ever said that one person can’t make a difference hasn’t met Greg Mortenson. In 1993 Mortenson went to Pakistan to climb K2, the world’s second tallest peak, were he was going to place a necklace which belonged to his deceased sister Christa. His attempt at the summit failed and after suffering a fall and having become dangerously ill he wondered into the small rural village of Korphe where he was sheltered for seven weeks and nursed back to health. Upon seeing the children huddled in the cold scratching their school lessons in the dirt he vowed to build the impoverished village it’s first school. From this humble beginning sprang the Central Asia Institute which has built over 50 schools in rural Pakistan and Afganistan. An inspiring, thought provoking read.   posted Jul 19, 2008 at 3:59PM

Cover ArtChief Bender's Burden: Silent Struggle of a Baseball Star, The
by SwiftTom
Born in 1884 near Brainard Minnesota Charles (Chief) Albert Bender began learning the skills to play baseball while living at the Carlisle Indian School which he started attending in 1896. He pitched for the Philedelphia Athletics managed by Connie Mack from 1903-1914, was one of the greatest clutch pitchers of his time, and amassed impressive numbers for a great team. In 1953 he became the first Native American ball player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.   posted Jun 18, 2008 at 7:03PM

Cover ArtTranslator a tribesman's memoir of Darfur
by HariDaoud
Daoud Hari belongs to the Zaghawa tribe from Darfur (Sudan). After his village was destroyed by the Sudan military and rebels he escaped to a refuge camp in Chad. There he put his limited English and fluent Arabic and Zaghawa to work, risking his life to act as a translator for journalists and aid groups from all over the world wanting to interview people still alive in villages in Darfur. A very thought provoking, very readable, eyewitness account about a disturbing current event.   posted May 27, 2008 at 8:22PM

Cover ArtMerle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
by KerasoteTed
Attention all dog lovers here is yet another humorous, jubilant and touching story of the relationship between a man and his dog. Ted Kerasote was camping, kayaking and rafting down the San Juan River with friends when a big golden dog (he names Merle) came out of the night seemingly from nowhere into their campsite. Kerasote proceeds to relate the next 13 years of Merle’s life with him while exploring the science behind canine behavior and evolution weaving in research on the human - canine bond and musing on the way dogs see the world. A must read if you enjoyed Marley and Me by John Grogan and books by James Herriot and Jon Katz.   posted Apr 29, 2008 at 6:44PM

Cover ArtLast Hurrah of the James-Younger Gang , The
by Barr SmithRobert
Beginning with Jesse and Frank James growing up in Missouri and fighting in the Civil War with the "bushwackers," this book does a lot to dispel myths about Jesse and Frank James being heroes. Much of the book focuses on the botched robbery of the bank in Northfield, MN. A smoothly written, page-turning account that you will not want to put down.   posted Apr 21, 2008 at 10:23AM

Cover ArtMiracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home
by ParradoNando
In October 1972 Parrado, his rugby teammates, and their fans from Uruguay were flying to Chile to play a match against the Chilean national team when the aircraft carrying the 45 people, crashed on a remote high-altitude glaciated slope in the Andes Mountains. Thirty years after the disaster Parrado, one of the leaders during the disaster, decided that he had to set the record straight about what some of the survivors said about others when they were interviewed as young men by Piers Paul Read for his book Alive. A thought provoking story about the will to survive and the power of love.   posted Mar 18, 2008 at 2:47PM

Cover ArtGhost Map: the story of London's most terrifying epidemic how it changed science, cities and the modern world, The
by JohnsonSteven
On August 28, 1854 after cleaning up her sick infant’s diarrhea, working-class Londoner Sarah Lewis innocently tossed the bucket of soiled water into the cesspool of her squalid apartment building. When the deadlist outbreak of cholera in the city’s history subsequently broke out Dr. John Snow fought the miasmatists,who believed that foul air caused disease, to prove that the epidemic was being caused by contaminated water in one of the local public water pumps.   posted Mar 11, 2008 at 8:34PM

Cover ArtWhy Pandas Do Handstands and Other Curius Truths About Animals
by BrownAugustus
If you like a good laugh this title is for you. Snippets of ,often humorous, information are arranged in eleven sections, from how animals communicate with each other, to how they raise their children, to how they move around.They entertain and educate the reader while enticing him/her to investigate things more fully using the comprehensive reference section at the book's end as a starting point.   posted Feb 12, 2008 at 1:37PM

Cover ArtIsaac's Storm: a Man, a Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
by LarsonErik
In a gripping and absorbing fashion Larson has created a fast paced narrative about deadliest hurricane in United States History in which between 6,000 and 8,000 people died and which distroyed 1/3rd of Galvaston, Tx on September 8, 1900.   posted Dec 5, 2007 at 8:02PM

Cover ArtSoul of Baseball: a Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America, The
by PosnanskiJoe
At 93 years old Buck O’Neil, possibly baseball’s greatest ambassador of all time and former Negro League player, led Posnanski on a cross-country journey from New York to San Diego, Atlanta to Chicago to discover the soul of baseball. O’Neil had lived and played baseball during a time when African Americans were not welcome in the Major Leagues. But Buck wasn’t bitter and said that he was "right on time". His stories make up much of this wonderful book.   posted Sep 9, 2007 at 10:29AM

Cover ArtTails from the Bark side
by KilcommonsBrian
With co author, Sarah Wilson, Kilcommons has created a delightful collection of short, some hilarious, some serious, stories of dogs they've owned and dogs they've trained or boarded and their owners. A must read for any one who has owned or cared for a dog.   posted Jun 5, 2007 at 3:25PM

Cover ArtMarley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog
by GroganJohn
John Grogan and his wife Jenny had been married less than two years when Jenny decided that they should get a puppy. After scanning the pets for sale section of the classifieds John and Jenny go to take a look at a litter of Labrador Retrievers. They fall in love with a male puppy and purchase him. When they bring him home their years of fun and craziness begin.   posted Jun 5, 2007 at 1:32PM

Cover ArtWanderer : the last American slave ship and the conspiracy that set its sails , The
by CaloniusErik
In 1858, a converted luxury yacht named the Wanderer unloaded a cargo of 400 African slaves on the coast of Georgia, 38 years after the importation of slaves had been made illegal. Calonius recounts the ship's voyage to Africa and back, and the highly publicized trial when the truth became known. Photos of the key players and plans of the ship are included. Written in a fast-paced style more reminiscent of thrillers than history books, the highly accessible text digs deep into the motivations for the Civil War and illuminates some of the darkest corners of our nation's past.   posted May 25, 2007 at 12:49PM

Cover ArtColony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai, The
by TaymanJohn
A very readable, eye opening, well researched, complete history of the leprosy settlement on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai. We learn about many of the patients, doctors, priests, nuns and other people working on and living on the island. What started out as a type of prison in 1866 over time and through hard work became a leprosy treatment facility that is still in use today.   posted Mar 5, 2007 at 6:32PM

Cover ArtAn Ordinary Man: an Autobiography
by RusesabaginaPaul
Paul Rusesabagina the son of a Hutu father and a Tusti mother grew up in a rural village in Rwanda. In 1994 during the genocide, mass murder of the Tusti people, Paul was a general manager of a Belgian owned hotel in one of Rwanda's large cities. He saw his friends and neighbors turn into murderers before his very eyes and decided that he had to use the hotel to save as many Tusti and Hutu moderates as he could from being slaughtered. He managed to save over 1200 people using his fantastic persuasive speaking skills, cases of wine and beer, and favors owed to him by powerful men. This man was extrordinary. His story of the genocide while horrifying at times is gripping. His story inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda.   posted Oct 11, 2006 at 5:39PM

Cover ArtUnder a flaming sky: Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894, The
by BrownDaniel
It had been unusually hot and dry the Summer of 1894 with small fires breaking out regularly. Then on September 1, 1894 two forest fires converged, creating a "firestorm", on the town of Hinckly, MN. trapping over 2,000 people. Over 400 people parished in the raging fire. Many of these thought that the dark skies and strong winds they saw and heard were bringing severe storms; possibly a tornado so they took cover in basements and storm cellars where they suffocated. Brown brings a human voice to this disaster through his use of first hand accounts of eyewitnesses. This is an important part of Minnesota History I didn’t learn about growing up in suburban Minneapollis.   posted Sep 21, 2006 at 1:37PM

Cover ArtLost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods
by GriffithCary
Dan Stephens, a 22 year old Eagle Scout, was spending the summer of 1998 as a guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). On August 5, 1998 while leading a group of 8 boy scouts and their 2 leaders Dan stepped into the woods alone to look for the next canoe portage and didn't return. In October of 2001 Jason Rasmussen, a third year medical student, decided to go on a three day hike alone in the BWCA. On the first day he took a wrong turn on the unmarked 26 mile Pow Wow Trail and became hopelessly lost in an area of dense brush, bogs and beaver ponds. Griffith skillfully interweaves the extrodinary stories of these two young men and those who searched for them.   posted Jul 30, 2006 at 10:26AM

Cover ArtBrothers in arms : the epic story of the 761st tank battalion, WWII’s forgotten
by Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar focuses on the heroic actions of three men who were members of the all African American 761st Tank battalion. At a time when most non-whites serving in the military weren't allowed to fight, the men of the 761st served bravely and valiantly earning the army's highest honors. A well written and well researched book about a little known piece of our country's history.   posted May 24, 2006 at 1:08PM

Cover ArtLongitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific p
by Sobel, Dava
The fascinating story about the quest to invent a way to determine longitude at sea. In 1714 John Harrison, a self-taught clock maker, was up against the scientists of his time to find a way to determine "longitude at sea" to assit captains of ships in navigating where they were resulting in fewer ship wrecks. A very easily readable account for the layperson of a involved scientific topic.   posted May 24, 2006 at 1:07PM

Cover ArtKaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
by Mathabane, Mark
An eye-opening account of the horrors faced by Mathabane and his family while he was growing up in the most desperate ghetto in South Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Only through the encouragement and hard work of his mother and grandmother was he able to finish school and overcome the odds placed before him. Those needing graphic confirmation of the harrowing experience of growing up poor and black in apartheid South Africa will find it in Mathabane's autobiography.   posted May 24, 2006 at 1:05PM

Cover ArtTouching my father’s soul
by Jamling Tenzing Norgay
A beautifully written account of Norgay's assent of Mt. Everest as the leader of the IMAX expedition in 1996. He deftly weaves accounts of his father's (Tenzing Norgay) assent of Everest with Edmond Hillary in 1953, his own assent and the imfamous storm,and the Sherpa's beliefs about Everest and their roles in outsiders assents of it. Will be enjoyed by those who enjoyed Into Thin Air and other adventure survival nonfiction.   posted May 24, 2006 at 1:02PM

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