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Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
By Ambrose, Stephen E.
1997-06 - Simon & Schuster
9780684826974 Check our catalog

From the bestselling author of "D-Day" comes the definitive book on the most momentous expedition in American history--and one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. "An adventure filled with high romance and personal tragedy, involving the greatest expedition ever undertaken in the history of this country".--Alexander Theroux, "Chicago Tribune". Illustrations throughout. Maps. …More

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
By Berendt, John
1999-07 - Vintage Books USA
9780679751526 Check our catalog

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.  …More

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe
By Cahill, Thomas
1996-02 - Anchor Books
9780385418492 Check our catalog

The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe. Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history of civilization. Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland, he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become "the isle of saints and scholars" -- and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbarians.  …More

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
By Foer, Joshua
2012-02 - Penguin Books
9780143120537 Check our catalog

An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, "Moonwalking with Einstein" recounts Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. …More

Mary Queen of Scots Mary Queen of Scots
By Fraser, Antonia
2001-10 - Delta
9780385311298 Check our catalog

She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head. 
Instead, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, scandalizing her world with a foolish passion that would lead to abduction, rape and even murder. Betrayed by those she most trusted, she would be lured into a deadly game of power, only to lose to her envious and unforgiving cousin, Elizabeth I. Here is her story, a queen who lost a throne for love, a monarch pampered and adored even as she was led to her beheading, the unforgettable woman who became a legend for all time. …More

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
By Goodwin, Doris Kearns
1998-06 - Simon & Schuster
9780684847955 Check our catalog

The bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "No Ordinary Time" presents the touching memoir of herself as a young girl, growing up in love with her father and baseball. "A fine writer's conscious mastery of her difficult craft".--"The Boston Globe". Photos. …More

Rocket Boys: A Memoir Rocket Boys: A Memoir
By Hickam, Homer H.
2000-01 - Delta
9780385333214 Check our catalog

Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir -- a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph -- at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining. …More

Seabiscuit: An American Legend Seabiscuit: An American Legend
By Hillenbrand, Laura
2002-03 - Ballantine Books
9780449005613 Check our catalog

2003 Top Twelve Selling Title
In this "New York Times" bestseller now in paperback, Hillenbrand unfolds the spellbinding story of the racehorse Seabiscuit in a riveting tale of grit, grace, luck, and an underdog's stubborn determination. Photos throughout. …More

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
By Horwitz, Tony
2008-04 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805076035 Check our catalog

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The bestselling author of "Blue Latitudes" takes readers on a thrilling and eye-opening voyage to pre-Mayflower America. An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, "A Voyage Long and Strange" captures the wonder and drama of first contact. …More

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
By King, Ross
2000-10 - Penguin Books
9780802713667 Check our catalog

Anyone alive in Florence on August 19, 1418, would have understood the significance of the competition announced that day concerning the city's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, already under construction for more than a century. "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome ... shall do so before the end of the month of September". The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build, due not only to its enormous size but also because its original and sacrosanct design eschewed the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe. The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air.…More


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
By Larson, Erik
2004-02 - Vintage Books
9780375725609 Check our catalog

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The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. …More

Angela's Ashes Angela's Ashes
By McCourt, Frank
1997-04 - Scribner Book Company
9780684843131 Check our catalog

Winner - 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood". So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy - exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling - does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. …More

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
By Philbrick, Nathaniel
2001-05 - Penguin Books
9780141001821 Check our catalog

Now available in paperback, this true-life bestseller tells the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship "Essex"--an event that served as the inspiration for Melville's "Moby Dick". of illustrations. …More

Beyond the Homestretch: What Saving Racehorses Taught Me about Starting Over, Facing Fear & Finding My Inner Cowgirl Beyond the Homestretch: What Saving Racehorses Taught Me about Starting Over, Facing Fear & Finding My Inner Cowgirl
By Reardon, Lynn
2011-02 - New World Library
9781577319566 Check our catalog

After learning to ride horses as an adult, Lynn Reardon quit her office job in Washington DC and moved to rural Texas to open the racehorse adoption ranch LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers). Since then, LOPE has helped transition more than 750 thoroughbreds into new homes. In this riveting account, Reardon encounters dozens of unruly racehorses, all with special needs, unusual histories, and distinct personalities. She takes readers for a thrilling ride through the horse-racing world filled with offbeat horse people, colorful Texas culture clashes, veterinary melodramas, and surprising life lessons. Reardon may have saved these horses' lives, but they saved hers as well. …More