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By Rosemary Sadlier. 1997
A biography of Harriet Tubman, who helped slaves escape to freedom. It tells her story and describes what life was… like in St. Catharines during the eight years she lived in Canada. The author also illustrates the importance of family history by tracing Harriet's descendants to the present day. Grades 5-8. 1997.
By Maurice Henrie. 2017
Des réflexions sur des sujets essentiels, notamment la politique - car pendant de longues années, Maurice Henrie a travaillé à… l'ombre des parlementaires fédéraux -, des questions d'ordre littéraire et des sujets de nature socioéconomique. Ici, la plume est au service de la libre pensée, sans censure. Elle aborde une foule de sujets dans des textes regroupés selon leur appartenance et leur orientation. Du côté de la politique, par exemple, Henrie explore l'affinité entre le député et ses électeurs, le régime traditionnel des poids et des contrepoids dans les débats en Chambre, et les vicissitudes qui accompagnent tout gouvernement au pouvoir. Côté littérature, il évoque le mystère des succès littéraires, les malentendus de bon aloi qui dominent la littérature et les misères de l'écrit dans un monde où dominent l'électronique et l'informatique. 2017.
By Meghan McCarthy. 2011
Most people know the story of Balto, the world famous dog who led his dogsled team through a blizzard to… deliver a lifesaving serum to the stricken people of Nome, Alaska, in 1925. Balto shot to instant stardom—a company named dog food after him, a famous sculptor erected a statue of him that stands in Central Park to this day, and the dog even starred in his own Hollywood movie. But what happened to Balto after the hoopla died down? With a lively, informative text and humorous, vibrant illustrations, Meghan McCarthy captures the extraordinary life of Balto beyond his days as a celebrity.
By Hali Felt. 2012
Her maps of the ocean floor have been called "one of the most remarkable achievements in modern cartography", yet no… one knows her name.Soundings is the story of the enigmatic, unknown woman behind one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. Before Marie Tharp, geologist and gifted draftsperson, the whole world, including most of the scientific community, thought the ocean floor was a vast expanse of nothingness. In 1948, at age 28, Marie walked into the newly formed geophysical lab at Columbia University and practically demanded a job. The scientists at the lab were all male; the women who worked there were relegated to secretary or assistant. Through sheer willpower and obstinacy, Marie was given the job of interpreting the soundings (records of sonar pings measuring the ocean's depths) brought back from the ocean-going expeditions of her male colleagues. The marriage of artistry and science behind her analysis of this dry data gave birth to a major work: the first comprehensive map of the ocean floor, which laid the groundwork for proving the then-controversial theory of continental drift.When combined, Marie's scientific knowledge, her eye for detail and her skill as an artist revealed not a vast empty plane, but an entire world of mountains and volcanoes, ridges and rifts, and a gateway to the past that allowed scientists the means to imagine how the continents and the oceans had been created over time.Just as Marie dedicated more than twenty years of her professional life to what became the Lamont Geological Observatory, engaged in the task of mapping every ocean on Earth, she dedicated her personal life to her great friendship with her co-worker, Bruce Heezen. Partners in work and in many ways, partners in life, Marie and Bruce were devoted to one another as they rose to greater and greater prominence in the scientific community, only to be envied and finally dismissed by their beloved institute. They went on together, refining and perfecting their work and contributing not only to humanity's vision of the ocean floor, but to the way subsequent generations would view the Earth as a whole.With an imagination as intuitive as Marie's, brilliant young writer Hali Felt brings to vivid life the story of the pioneering scientist whose work became the basis for the work of others scientists for generations to come.
By Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Nicole Bogliolo, Georges Roditi. 1983
Une méditation d’Anne Lindbergh sur son mode de vie, son équilibre personnel, ses rapports avec autrui dont se dégagent une… force et une sérénité incroyables. Un livre qui incite chacun à l’introspection et à l’isolement, passages obligés pour s’épanouir, se recentrer et s’ouvrir aux autres. 1983. Titre uniforme: Gift from the sea
By Amy Fung. 2019
Fung takes a closer examination at Canada's mythologies of multiculturalism, settler colonialism, and identity through the lens of a national… art critic. Following the tangents of a foreign-born perspective and the complexities and complicities in participating in ongoing acts of colonial violence, the book as a whole takes the form of a very long land acknowledgement. Taken individually, each piece roots itself in the learning and unlearning process of a first generation settler immigrant as she unfurls each region's sense of place and identity. 2019.
By Kjartan Poskitt. 2019
Before Harry Houdini (1874-1926) became the greatest magician in the world, he was just little Ehrich Weisz, a Hungarian-born immigrant… who moved to America with his family and performed stage tricks for a little extra cash. He started off with card tricks and then eventually began performing the escape acts that would make him famous. Known for his daring and death-defying illusions, he would do some of the greatest tricks ever: escaping from a milk can, being buried alive, and being locked inside a crate and thrown into a river. He conquered each of these seemingly impossible feats and showed the world the power of a little magic. Fun and fast-paced, Harry Houdini tells the story of the curious boy who became the world's greatest magician and reveals how Houdini did some of his most stunning escapes
By Andrew Prentice. 2019
Before Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) became a world-famous pilot, she was a little tomboy from Kansas with a taste for adventure.… When she visited an airfield and took a short plane ride, she knew she had to be a pilot. She signed up for flying lessons and cropped her hair short so that the other pilots would take her seriously. She became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. With each flight she took and each record she broke, Amelia became more and more of a celebrity. Her final flight was intended to be a trip around the whole world, but her plane disappeared after takeoff-and her disappearance is still a mystery today. Inspirational and full of adventure, Amelia Earhart tells the story of the feminist icon who changed the world of aviation
By Kathryn Sullivan. 2019
The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired,… and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, retired astronaut Kathryn Sullivan describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built. Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life as a "Sputnik Baby," her path to NASA through oceanography, and her initiation into the space program as one of "thirty-five new guys." (She was also one of the first six women to join NASA's storied astronaut corps.) She describes in vivid detail what liftoff feels like inside a spacecraft (it's like "being in an earthquake and a fighter jet at the same time"), shows us the view from a spacewalk, and recounts the temporary grounding of the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster. Sullivan explains that "maintainability" was designed into Hubble, and she describes the work of inventing the tools and processes that made on-orbit maintenance possible. Because in-flight repair and upgrade was part of the plan, NASA was able to fix a serious defect in Hubble's mirrors?leaving literal and metaphorical "handprints on Hubble."
By Charlotte Gingras. 2019
Au fil de Brèches, se déroule une vie qui oscille entre passé et quotidien, une vie animée par la quête… de la beauté, la nécessité de l'écriture, la présence à toute chose, une vie où l'enfance est dépeinte telle une période fondatrice dont on ne peut jamais tout à fait s'affranchir
By Rachel Cusk. 2019
The author's first collection of essays about motherhood, marriage, feminism, and art both offers new insights on the themes at… the heart of her fiction and forges a startling critical voice on some of our most urgent personal, social, and artistic questions. 2019.
By Joe Posnanski. 2019
Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of… devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist's impact on American culture-and why his legacy endures to this day. Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves. This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini's most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini's Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission is life has been to keep the legend's name alive. Both a personal obsession and an odyssey of discovery, Posnanski draws inspiration from his lifelong passion for and obsession with magic, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to examine Harry Houdini's life and legacy. This is the ultimate journey to uncover why this magic man endures, and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.
The epic true crime story of bootlegger George Remus and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York… Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new Pontiacs for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the U.S. Attorney's office hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences: with Remus behind bars, Franklin and Imogene begin an affair and plot to ruin him, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government-and that can only end in murder. Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.
Wallis Simpson is known as the woman at the center of the most scandalous love affair of the 20th century,… but in this surprising new biography, bestselling author Anna Pasternak redeems a woman wronged by history with new information revealed by those who were close to the couple-presenting Wallis as a convenient scapegoat to rid England of a king deemed unworthy to rule. The story that has been told repeatedly is this: The handsome, charismatic, and popular Prince Edward was expected to marry a well-bred virgin who would one day become Queen of England when he ascended the throne. But when the prince was 37 years old, he fell in love with a skinny, divorced American woman-Wallis Simpson. No one thought the affair would last, and when the prince did become king, everyone assumed the affair would end. But instead the new king announced he wanted to marry the American divorcee, and Wallis was accused of entrapping the prince in a seductive web in order to achieve her audacious ambition to be queen. After declaring that he could not rule without the woman he loved at his side, the king gave up his throne, and his family banished him and his new wife from England. The couple spent the rest of their days in exile, but happy in their devoted love for each other. Now, Anna Pasternak's The Real Wallis Simpson tells a different story: that Wallis was the victim of the abdication, not the villain. Warm, well-mannered, and witty, Wallis was flattered by Prince Edward's attention, but like everyone else, she never expected his infatuation to last. She never wanted to divorce her second husband or marry Edward. She never anticipated his jealous, possessive nature-and his absolute refusal to let her go. Edward's true dark nature, however, was no secret to the royal family, the church or the Parliament; everyone close to Edward knew that beyond his charming facade, he was immature, self-absorbed, and uneducated-utterly unfit to rule. Wallis begged Edward to stay on the throne and let her go, foreseeing the verdict history would pass on her. Caught in Edward's fierce obsession, she became the perfect scapegoat for those who wished to dethrone the king they feared to rule. On the night Wallis died, Princess Margaret told a friend, "It wasn't her we hated, it was him." Rejecting the sinister schemer at the center of a dark royal fairytale, Anna Pasternak reveals Wallis Simpson as an intelligent woman, written off by cunning, powerful men and forced into a life she never wanted in a complex, riveting, and tragic true story of manipulation and betrayal.
By Mo Rocca. 2019
From popular TV correspondent and writer Mo Rocca, a charmingly irreverent and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people… who made life worth living. Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries - reading about the remarkable lives of world leaders, captains of industry, innovators and artists. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. With Mobituaries-the book companion to the CBS podcast of the same name - the journalist, humorist and history buff is righting that wrong, profiling the people who have long fascinated him-from the 20th century's greatest entertainer to sitcom characters gone all too soon to a shamefully forgotten Founding Father. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matteruntil now. Rocca chronicles the stories of the people who made a difference, but whose lives-for some reason or another-were never truly examined. There's Thomas Paine, whose Common Sense lit the fuse for the American Revolution-and whose paltry obit summed up his life thusly: "He had lived long, did some good, and much harm." And then there's screen icon Audrey Hepburn. She remains a household name, but how much do we know about her wartime upbringing and how it shaped the woman we fell in love with? And what about Billy Carter and history's unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities or secret weapons. As a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation, Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his rigorous reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women splendidly back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.
By Maurice Henrie. 2018
Ici, écrire rime avec réfléchir, et avec exister. Brefs, compacts et chargés, ces vingt-cinq essais philosophiques, qui entremêlent contemplation, opinion,… souvenir, et sont magnifiquement couronnés d'exergues tirés de la grande littérature universelle. Ils traduisent une urgence existentielle d'immortaliser noir sur blanc sa pensée, une fébrilité de dire à peine dissimulée dans la main qui tient le stylo, mais aussi un poids de vivre devant le temps qui passe trop vite. D'un essai à l'autre, Henrie aborde les sujets qui lui sont les plus chers : le vieillissement de l'esprit, le consentement aux lois de la nature qui nous dominent depuis la naissance jusqu'à la mort, une théorie de l'opacité, de la dureté et de la sonorité, la lutte contre l'éparpillement de l'être. L'essayiste se prononce également sur des sujets plus actuels, comme le phénomène des temples de la renommée, la robotisation envahissante, le mystère de l'engouement pour les œuvres d'art. Il se montre particulièrement clairvoyant quand il parle de la gestion du mérite ou du sort déplorable que la société réserve aux artistes, en particulier les écrivains. 2018.
By Jean Paré. 2017
Prenant le parti de la liberté, de la science, de la nature, de la langue française, Jean Paré observe, dans… cet ouvrage foisonnant, le retour inquiétant des religions, les limites de l'image et du numérique, les espoirs et les misères de l'école, la nostalgie, bien sûr, et sa fille, la poésie. 2017.
By Rosemary Anne Sisson. 1963
By Neil Grant. 1970
By Robert M McClung. 1985
Disgusted by society's corruption, John "Grizzly" Adams, 19th century frontier hunter, found a new life in the western wilderness trapping… and taming giant grizzly bears. For junior and senior high readers. 1985.