Multcolib My Librarian Tama: Page-turning, people-filled, super-readable nonfiction
Annotation:You live a normal life, happy, healthy, a good person, successful. Imagine waking up one morning strapped to a hospital bed, unable to move or speak, labeled a violent, psychotic, and a flight risk. It could happen. It did happen.
Annotation:Did you read Into Thin Air? Everybody did, as far as I can tell, except me. My book club read Buried in the Sky a few months ago and the vote was that this book was better. A stunning read by a Portland author.
Annotation:Brilliantly written tale of the brief life and lingering death of one of our least-known Presidents. Was it the bullets or the bacteria that killed him?
Annotation:Astonishing story of the glorious Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and the narcissistic serial killer who preyed on young women while he hid in plain sight.
Annotation:Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer and in 1951, as a young mother, she was dying of cervical cancer when cells from her tumor were taken and cultured without her permission. Those cells went on to be cultured millions of times, studied by scientists around the world, and fostering many medical breakthroughs. One of the most important books of recent years and a must-read.
Annotation:This is why I love to read history. Who would ever guess that in 1938 a crooked-legged horse would get more news coverage than FDR, Hitler or Mussolini?
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My friend Mary loved Henrietta Lacks and Seabiscuit. For her, and me, and lots of us, it's about the page-turning action, recent or long ago, loaded with human interest and stuffed with facts. We always want more.