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by Richard SchwartzIn his latest endeavor, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis (RSB Books, April 2017, $29.95 HC, Distributed by Heyday Books), author and historian Richard Schwartz delivers the fascinating life story of Jewish immigrant actor M.B. Curtis. \t As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. Actor M. B. Curtis, who had ach... more
by Joshua M. GreeneIn the turbulent 1960s — with its civil rights marches, anti-war demonstrations, and challenges to traditional American life — stepped 70-year old Bhaktivedanta Swami, on a mission to save the world. He arrived by cargo ship, having suffering two heart attacks on the storm-tossed journey. He had seven dollars to his name, knew no one, and had never been outside India. But he was determined to spread the teachings of Krishna, the Supreme Being of the ancient Vedic scriptures. He passed away tw... more
by Lucy Simister
Charles Dickens was an abrupt, excitable young man driven to succeed. He would always be distressed by the humiliation he experienced as a young child, at the hands of his frivolous parents. His parents were well off and educated coming from middle-class backgrounds and he enjoyed that standard of living. Charles was well educated, well read and enjoyed music and acting.
When his parents were put into the debtor's prison he was sent out to work in a factory. Labelin... more
Deliverance: Mary Fields: First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana Historyby Miantae Metcalf McConnell
1885 - 1914. Mary Fields, an emancipated slave, receives news of her friend’s impending death. She arrives in the Montana wilderness and finds Mother Mary Amadeus lying on frozen earth in a broken-down cabin. Certain that the cloister of frostbit Ursuline nuns and their Indian girl pupils will not survive without assistance, Mary stays.
She builds a hennery, makes repairs to quarters, cares for stock, and treks into the mountains to provide food. Brushes with de... more
by Sybilla CookBerta and Elmer Hader were prolific and popular author/illustrators during the 20th century. They worked together to create nearly 100 children’s books, winning the Caldecott Award for THE BIG SNOW, and two Caldecott runners-up. They began as artists in San Francisco, moved to the New York area after World War I, and became the center of a large group of young artists and journalists, such as Rose Wilder Lane and Katherine Ann Porter. These friends visted nearly every weekend, helping them b... more
by Luke TimmermanLee Hood did that rarest of things. He enabled scientists to see things they couldn't see before and do things they hadn't dreamed of doing. Scientists can now sequence complete human genomes in a day, setting in motion a revolution that is personalizing medicine. Hood, a son of the American West, was an unlikely candidate to transform biology. But with ferocious drive, he led a team at Caltech that developed the automated DNA sequencer, the tool that paved the way for the Human Genome Project.... more
by Lucy Simister
This is a three part story. Firstly Charles Babbage's ancestors through the ages, secondly, his own history - his life as a child and a teenager (and also his family life and his relationship with the remarkable Ada Bryon), and thirdly what inspired him to want to build a computer and his life as an inventor.
by Rich DiSilvio
Tales of Titans, by award-winning author Rich DiSilvio, brings great historical figures to life with concise yet compelling essays, coupled with engaging narratives that enlighten readers to their miraculous deeds, and misdeeds, that have significantly shaped Western civilization.
This handsomely illustrated series offers readers brief biographical overviews and cogent analysis, while the quasi-fictional scenarios transport readers into a fascinating pa... more
by Linton RobinsonA book length collection of the cult column of the nineties... plus many bonus pieces, for a bonanza grouping of the famously dark, gritting evocations of urbane decay.
by Kali GwegweFor an obviously distressed world, desirous of genuine peace and security, it has now become imperative for political, cultural, and religious leaders to begin looking at all the critical issues that have continued to defy human solutions over the years from a defining perspective. This opinion derives strength from the fact that the world did not come into existence by accident. It is logical therefore to opine that the creator of the universe has solutions to the problems of man and society. A... more
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