Biography

Amish Fascination

Growing Up AmishWhat is is about the Amish lifestyle and people that fascinate the rest of us?  We write novels about them, watch TV shows about them....  Why not hear what it's like to be Amish from someone who lived it?  Check out Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler.

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By Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonBenjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein,  and Steve Jobs.  What do these men have in common?

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Felicitations for a Focused Fourth!--or the Alternative

When the Fourth of July holiday falls in the middle of the week we have neither the lead-time to prepare nor the down-time to recover from our over-indulgences. So either we have to be very focused or, alternately, we can stretch it out and declare a personal month of patriotic celebration.

We at the library can help you with the latter.

Our famous ‘round wall’ has a new display simply called ‘American History’. It’s full of lovely great biographies of the founding fathers and histories of the American Revolution. When you get through those, there are also Civil War, frontier history, and Texas revolutionary histories. You could celebrate 1750 to 1865 all through July.

You can also read David McCullough’s...

Listening to the Past

 

 

The books I have chosen for this week are about several amazing women.  Some, you may have heard of before, but my guess is  that many of the names will be new to you.

 We can be inspired by their strength and learn from their mistakes.  They lived their lives during different parts of history but each one has a story to share. Enjoy. 

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P.T. Barnum at 200

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is coming to Houston! This year, the show is honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum. Just who was P.T. Barnum? You can find out by reading our excellent biography P.T. Barnum: genius of the three-ring circus. Learn about the the father of the modern circus today!

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They Didn't Give Up

Three Heroes for Black History Month

Bad News for Outlaws      Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal / Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrations by R. Gregory Christie

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Friends, Allies and Enemies

Powhatan and Rolfe
Native Americans and European Immigrants

November is Native American Heritage Month. As part of the celebration the Library of Congress has a website with the stories of Native American Veterans. It’s as part of its Veterans History Project which collects the stories of the men and women who served their county. The first sentence on the page read, “American Indians have eagerly served a government which did not always keep its word to their ancestors.”
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Hard Times Growing Up


Photograph of poor children in Georgia
Not everyone had an ideal childhood. For some there was poverty, uncertainty and a parent who drank too much. While these left deep emotional scars on some that persisted into adulthood, there were others who overcame their early impoverishment and became well adjusted and successful adults. Here are the memories and reflections of three, two journalists and a teacher who remember not only the pains of childhood, but also the strengths that it gave them.

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Child Soldiers

Three emotionally powerful and difficult reads

Child Soldiers

They are not difficult because the language is complex or the stories convoluted, on the contrary, in all three books the language is clear and straightforward and the narrative is plain. What is difficult is to hear the horrific truth of children torn from school and family waging war with automatic weapons.

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Database - Biography Resource Center

Do you need to do a report about famous person? Does your instructor require print resources? Just curious about notable women or Russian monarchs?

The Biography Resource Center provides information on more than 350,000 people from all sorts of times and places. Patrons, at the library branch or remotely, can search this database by using Search by Name (i.e. - Catherine th Great), Category Browse (i.e. - Notable Women), Biographical Facts Search (i.e. - occupation), or Advanced Search. Users can even click on the Spotlight On... person.

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