In anticipation of Womens’ History Month here are few biographies you might have missed.
Queen Victoria always suffered from a rather stuffy, prudish reputation until Masterpiece Theater’s latest historical drama on Sunday nights. If you are enjoying the program, there is a new biography of her that will soon be on the shelves (click the book cover to place a hold).
While you are waiting there are other historical biographies of women ruler’s on our shelves to try:
Elizabeth The Queen – The Life of A Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith
Queen Isabella – Treachery, Adultery and Murder in Medieval England by Allison Weir
Christina Queen of Sweden by Veronica Buckley
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
As Always – Ask A Librarian
More movies and books on the Olympics like “The Boys in the Boat”? Here are a few titles:
Triumph : the untold story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap.
Tumbling : a novel by Caela Carter.
Rising from ashes – a T.C. Johnstone film
The Three-year Swim Club : the untold story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch kids and their quest for Olympic glory by Julie Checkoway.
Gold by Chris Cleave
The vision of a champion : advice and inspiration from the world’s most successful women’s soccer coach by Anson Dorrance
Grace, gold and glory : my leap of faith : the Gabrielle Douglas story
Chariots of Fire [Movie / DVD]
New and classic gardening books are always inspirational at this time of year. Call number area include 639.5 (gardening), 581s (botany and plants), 712.6 (Landscaping). We even have e-book titles !
The American Library Association recently released their picks for notable books in 2015. I’m adding pretty much all of these to my “To-be-read” pile (and putting them on hold at the library) – maybe you’ll want to, too! Here are a few that I found especially intriguing:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Several patrons and friends have told me that this is one of the best historical fiction novels that they’ve read this year – I’m excited to find out for myself.
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Sadly, I have yet to finish an Ian McEwan novel, despite his reputation as a masterful storyteller. I think I’ll have to give another try with this book, though.
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
I love Ness’ other books (especially A Monster Calls) but I’ve never read one of his adult novels. I will probably listen to the Decemberist’s album of the same name while I’m at it.
Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
I love everything apocalyptic, and this one has been described to me by other BPL colleagues as “apocalypse light.” I can’t wait to see what that means!
Are there any other books on ALA’s list that you’re looking forward to or have already enjoyed? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts!
With or Without You, by Dominica Ruta
This best-selling memoir is being compared to Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, A Girl Named Zippy, by Haven Zimmel, and James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. Ruta grew up north of Boston, with a mother that began sharing her addiction to Oxycontin with her when Ruta was a teenager. If you like the reading about the challenges of dysfunctional family and addiction, this is one to watch for.
Untouchable, The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, by Randall Sullivan
What is it about Michael Jackson that continues to fascinate us? Here is a hefty tome “of unprecedented depth” by a former editor for Rolling Stone magazine. Pages of photographs completes the work.
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, by Matt Kepnes
Can’t afford to travel, you say? Learn the tricks of free airfare and much more in this book by a long-time travel blogger. Great way to stoke your daydreams.