Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by LibraryGo
Once again, my thoughts turn to books I’d like to read, or at least consider. February is a month when many students are assigned a biography of a famous person, perhaps of someone significant in history (Washington, Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X), perhaps someone involved in the civil rights movement, or who made innovations in the arts, politics, science or sports.
Adults might also read about someone inspirational — or merely to satisfy our curiosity about a public figure with no other focus –from Bill Clinton to Elton John to Diana Ross to Charles M. Schulz.
When I searched ideas on several sites, including BookBrowse, here are a few titles that caught my eye–some about “ordinary” people who still made a difference.
103-year-old George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98, reflects on his life and offers valuable lessons in living as well as a fresh, firsthand view of America during the twentieth century.
The real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa. . King Peggy has the sweetness and quirkiness of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and the hopeful sense of possibility of Half the Sky.
In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as a hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removes one half of their brain. Such breakthroughs aren’t unusual for Ben Carson. He’s been beating the odds since he was a child. Trust in God, a relentless belief in his own capabilities, and sheer determination catapulted Ben from failing grades to the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Airlift to America : how Barack Obama, Sr., John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya, and 800 East African students changed their world and ours / Tom Shachtman (featured book on BookBrowse)T
he long-hidden saga of how a handful of Americans and Kenyans fought the British colonial government, the U.S. State Department, and segregation to “airlift” to U.S. universities, between 1959 and 1963, nearly 800 young East African men and women who would go on to change the world. The students included Barack Obama Sr., future father of a U.S. president, Wangari Maathai, future Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as well as the nation-builders of post-colonial East Africa.
I hope you find these biographies or other interesting true stories this month!