Tag: nonfiction

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

ANYBODY’S GAME: Girls and Baseball

Lynn: Girls don’t play baseball. It’s impossible to know how often girls yearning to play the national sport have heard that phrase. Well, girls do play baseball, and they have played as far back as the 1890s. Here are two wonderful new books, set in the 1950s, that take on this very subject. In the middle-grade […]

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Sarah Albee’s POISON: A History of Horrifying Substances for Middle-Graders

Lynn: Author Sarah Albee makes it clear right at the beginning of Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions and Murderous Medicines (2017) that her book is NOT a how-to manual for murder! Rather, it’s a history with far more than murderous intentions. But what mystery fan doesn’t want the inside scoop on this crime-writer favorite method? Authors from […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
20 Journalist-Forward Titles to Pair with THE POST

20 Journalist-Forward Titles to Pair with THE POST

Editor’s note: this story originally appeared on January 2. Without getting too meta, sometimes the juiciest bits of the news are the stories behind the story. With this mix of novels, non-fiction, and wherever Hunter S. Thompson falls between the two, use the buzz from Oscar-nominated film The Post [Out now on DVD! –Ed.] to draw attention to […]

ITCH! A Book Worth the Scratch

ITCH! A Book Worth the Scratch

Lynn: Itch! Yikes, the very word makes me want to scratch! What makes us itch and why? Here to answer questions every child has about this irritating phenomenon is Itch! Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch (2017) by Anita Sanchez. I’ve been itching to get my hands on this fall book […]

Maria Sibylla Merian: Woman of Science, Art, and Courage

Maria Sibylla Merian: Woman of Science, Art, and Courage

Lynn: In the author’s note of her first biography, Joyce Sidman recalls her first encounter with Maria Merian’s work in the Minneapolis Museum of Art when she saw prints of her intricate depictions of natural life.  Like most of us, Sidman knew little about Merian. “In many ways, Maria was an enigma. She rarely wrote […]

THE QUILTS OF GEE’S BEND: Not Just Something to Cover Up With

THE QUILTS OF GEE’S BEND: Not Just Something to Cover Up With

Lynn:  Susan Goldman Rubin’s The Quilts of Gee’s Bend (2017) feels like the perfect book for this amazing time of women standing up and speaking up, marching for our rights, and claiming respect for who we are. Yes, the book is about the spectacularly beautiful quilts made in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, but it is also the […]

FAULT LINES IN THE CONSTITUTION: The Founding Fathers Said What?

FAULT LINES IN THE CONSTITUTION: The Founding Fathers Said What?

Lynn: I think we can all agree that this is quite a politically divisive time; no one can seem to agree on much of anything. One rare commonality is how often people pull the Constitution and the Founding Fathers into their arguments. Further, many seem certain that the Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
SERGEANT RECKLESS: A Little Horse with a Big Heart and a Bigger Appetite

SERGEANT RECKLESS: A Little Horse with a Big Heart and a Bigger Appetite

Lynn: Opening Patricia McCormick’s first picture book, the reader is blasted with end pages showing headlines from the Korean War. It is a dramatic opening for the dramatic story of the U. S. Marines and a small, hungry horse. Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero (2017) is a charming, […]

Book Trailer Thursday: A GLORIOUS FREEDOM

This week’s trailer features A Glorious Freedom (Chronicle Books) by bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon. Her latest volume is a stunning collection of profiles, interviews and essays celebrating the joys of growing older. Through her colorful and detailed artwork, Congdon gives much deserved honor to prolific women who refused to be restricted by age and […]

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Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Arturo Schomburg’s Book Hunting Disease

Lynn: I wish I could have known Arturo Schomburg. Not only was he passionate about his research, tireless in his efforts to locate information, and relentless in his pursuit of dismissed history, but he strove to give children something he never had: the knowledge of what people with African roots had given to the world. […]