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Memoirs and Bios




The Wright Brothers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476728742
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 5th, 2015

So much more than the inventors of heavier-than-air flying machines. Wilber & Orville were fascinating and brilliant men who came to life in 2015 in McCullough’s writing. Quiet and unassuming, the brothers were focused and unrelenting in their pursuit of flying. The book’s research and decomposition is extensive. McCullough, again, produces a well-written fabulous book. 

Recommended by Susan

Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374535049
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - January 13th, 2015

Josephine Baker, Zelda Fitzgerald and Tallulah Bankhead are just 3 of the 6 influential women profiled in exciting detail in this biography. All of these women helped define the Roaring 20s and were the heart of a new generation of independent women. It’s a really interesting but fun read that paints a detailed portrait of the exotic lives these amazing women led and life in the 1920s. I highly recommend it! 

Recommended by Emily P. 

Life Among the Savages Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140267679
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1997

It's hard to believe that the author of such chilling affairs as The Haunting of Hill House and "The Lottery" could be so funny, but trust me: this warm and wacky memoir is full of genuine laughs. It's a charmingly old-fashioned tale of raising a passel of hellions in semi-rural midcentury America.

Recommended by Anne


Night (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
By Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel (Translator), Elie Wiesel (Preface by)
ISBN: 9780374500016
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Published: Hill & Wang - January 16th, 2006

A few years have gone by since I was required to read this biography for a high school English class, but the images that Elie Wiesel painted in my mind are still vivid. The firsthand account of Wiesel’s life in a concentration camp is both heartbreaking and eye-opening.

Recommended by Jackie 

Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553384246
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Published: Bantam - April 29th, 2008

Mildred Kalish grew up during the Depression on an Iowa farm. She does a fantastic job of recounting her and her family’s experiences during that really difficult time. I really enjoyed reading about the gardening, household chores, and cooking during a time when there was not running water or electricity in every household. You may find their resourcefulness inspiring as I did – waste not want not! This is a great read for those interested in times gone by.

Recommended by Sherri