Multcolib Hollywood: Pageturners nonfiction 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 14, 2014. Out of the depths of the Depression comes a story from the Great Northwest, the amazing account of how nine working-class boys showed the world, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, what true grit really meant.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 12, 2014. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to earth’s most tainted, degraded ecosystems. Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 9, 2014. The story sounds so implausible that most would think it was made up. Plane crash, followed by the rescue plane crashing, followed by another rescue plane disappearing. But there were survivors in that Arctic winter, and they would make it home.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 14, 2014. In November of 1889, two young female journalists raced against one another, determined to outdo Jules Verne's fictional hero and circle the globe in less than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued would span 28,000 miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors' lives forever.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 11, 2015. You live a normal life, young, happy, healthy, a good person, successful. Imagine waking up one morning strapped to a hospital bed, unable to move or speak, labeled violent, psychotic, and a flight risk. It could happen. It did happen.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Feb. 8, 2015. It took Curtis over 30 years to capture the iconic photographs. It's the kind of work that would change anyone, and it changed him profoundly, from detached observer to fierce advocate for the Native American people. A fascinating, heartbreaking, stunning read.
Annotation:Join the discussion on March 8, 2015. Before smartphones, before the Internet and before the personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, teenagers, hippies and outlaws figured out how to hack the world's largest machine: the telephone system.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 12, 2015. An award-winning story of two families, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who both had lived in the small stone house in Ramla, Israel, that had a lemon tree growing in the backyard. Tolan traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the personal histories of each family.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 14, 2015. The Mitfords had style and presence and were mercilessly gifted. Above all, they were funny. Lovell captures the vitality and drama of a family that took the 20th century by storm and became, in some respects, its victim.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 12, 2015. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer Grann sets out to solve the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?