Weekly Book List: Week 49 (940s and up)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers / Katherine Boo

Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions. (954.79205 BOO)


The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey / Rinker Buck

Road trip, old-school style! Though the Oregon Trail fell out of favor with travelers after the transcontinental railroad was finished in 1869, it’s still possible to travel the trail from Missouri to Oregon (though some parts are now paved roads). Over 100 years after the last known crossing, journalist Rinker Buck, his brother, and his brother’s Jack Russell terrier set out in a covered wagon pulled by mules. (978 BUC)

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia / Candace Fleming

Traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family, and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography. (947.083 FLE)

The Bitter Taste of Victory: Life, Love, and Art in the Ruins of the Reich / Lara Frigel

When Germany surrendered in May 1945 it was a nation reduced to rubble. Immediately, America, Britain, Soviet Russia, and France set about rebuilding in their zones of occupation. Most urgent were physical needs–food, water, and sanitation–but from the start the Allies were also anxious to indoctrinate the German people in the ideas of peace and civilization. (940.544 FEI)

The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, her daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom / Nancy Goldstone

The author of The Maid and the Queen documents the turbulent mother-daughter relationship between Catherine de’ Medici and Marguerite de Valois to explore the court politics, assassinations, espionage and betrayals that shaped their time. (944.028 GOL)

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II / Denise Kiernan

The town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, boomed on U.S military-owned acreage between 1942-1944. Its electricity usage matched that of New York City, and its population reached 75,000 – yet it didn’t appear on a single map during World War II. Many new residents were women, recruited at top-dollar wages for positions from chemists to couriers. Sworn to strict secrecy protocols, they were told only that their work would ensure a swift, final World War II victory. The nuclear blast at Hiroshima at last revealed their hidden roles. (940.54 KIE)

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created / Charles C. Mann

Reveals how the voyages of Columbus reintroduced plants and animals that had been separated millions of years earlier, documenting how the ensuing exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas fostered a European rise. (970.015 MAN)


The Witches: Salem, 1692 / Stacy Schiff

Analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible. (974.4502 SCH)


Fire at Peshtigo / Robert W. Wells

This is a Historical Written Account of the Fire in Peshtigo, WI in 1871. (977.53 WEL)



The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible / Simon Winchester 

Winchester illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings and ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree. (973 WIN)

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