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Librarians’ Choice 2002—Nonfiction

Abraham by Bruce S. Feiler

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Bruce S. Feiler
222.11092 A159Zf 2002
Part travelogue, part spiritual journey, this book analyzes the portrayal of Abraham in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Feiler explores the disagreements among the accounts and the many stories each faith invented about Abraham. Intelligent, humorous, and passionate, this is a must read for everyone struggling with tolerance in a post-9/11 world.

The Taliban: War and Religion in Afghanistan
Peter Marsden
320.530958 M364 2002
Marsden, a British expert on the Middle East, takes a look at the people who sheltered Al Qaida and who were ultimately displaced from power because of it.

In the Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street
Gregory Bell
332.632092 B433 2002
This book about the first African Americans working on Wall Street includes a biography of the Bell family as well as a history of the struggles of African Americans in the securities industry through the years.

The Floating Brothel by Siân Rees

The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
Siân Rees
365.6 R328 2002
(also in large print)
In 1789, the Lady Julian set sail for New South Wales, bearing with her some two hundred and forty female prisoners. En route, many of the women became the “wives” of the officers and sailors in order to gain select comforts and privileges. In vivid, engaging prose, Rees uses ship records and other convict accounts to illuminate the lives of these women.

From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore
Edited by Daryl Cumber Dance
398.208996 F931 2002
“An essential introduction to and a magnificent celebration of African American life and culture,” this anthology includes not only folktales, but also proverbs, recipes, songs, styles, superstitions and speeches. The chapter on folk art features a sixteen-page color insert.

Percival Lowell: The Culture and Science of a Boston Brahmin
David Strauss
520.92 L916Zs 2001
Strauss has written a wide-ranging biography of the eccentric astronomer and cultural analyst. The author investigates Lowell’s wealthy Boston upbringing, residence in and writing on Japan, and his investigations into the planet Mars.

On Great White Wings by F. Culick

On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight
F. Culick
629.130092 qW952Zc 2001
This superb exploration of the first airplane to fly and the two Dayton, Ohio, brothers who designed it is a fascinating read. The illustrations include over two hundred contemporary color photographs as well as specially commissioned diagrams and pictures taken by the Wright brothers themselves. A must read for anyone interested in the history of flight.

Unlocking The Sky: Glenn Hammond Curtiss and the Race to Invent the Airplane
Seth Shulman
629.130092 981Zs 2002
The author details the desperate race to develop and fly the first airplane. This culminated in the long, bitter legal battles that Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers engaged in over patents and inventions. An enthralling view of one of the men who invented flying.

Managing in the Next Society
Peter Drucker
658 D794m 2002
This compilation of essays covers the changing trends in management and business since the Industrial Revolution. Management guru Drucker reviews historical events and how they have affected today’s society.

Secret Knowledge by David Hockney

Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
David Hockney
751.409 fH685 2001
Famed artist David Hockney uncovers the secrets behind the painting techniques of such masters as Leonardo, Caravaggio, and Holbein, creating a firestorm of controversy in the process. Hockney’s detailed research produced evidence of how many of the western world’s greatest masterpieces were created using lenses and mirrors.

Professional Secrets for Photographing Children
Douglas Allen Box
778.925 qB788 2002
Master the techniques you need to create timeless portraits of children. Topics include: bringing out a child’s personality in images, creating a relaxed atmosphere that encourages cooperation, and photographing children at weddings, christenings and other special events.

Lucky Man: a Memoir
Michael J. Fox
791.43028 F793zf 2002
Actor Michael J. Fox discusses his life, his career, and his battle with Parkinson’s disease with the same passion, humor and energy that he has invested in dozens of performances over the past eighteen years.

My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

My Losing Season
Pat Conroy
796.32363 C754Zc 2002
(also on audiocassette and compact disc)
This coming-of-age memoir details the heartaches and joys of playing on a losing basketball team. Concentrating on his senior year at the Citadel, Conroy uses interviews with his teammates as well as his own amazing memory to bring the season alive. Full of emotion and rich in detail, this book will appeal to fans of all sports.

110 Stories: New York Writes after September 11
Edited by Ulrich Baer
810.803274 O58 2002
New York writers of fiction, poetry and dramatic prose respond to 9/11 in this collection, which is a first of its kind. Mirroring the one hundred and ten stories of the twin towers, these pieces represent the diversity and richness of life in the World Trade Center, as well as in New York City itself. Both emerging and well-known writers give readers a sense of what it was to live through the crisis, even as they struggle to find meaning in its lasting impact.

Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from the New Yorker
Edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder
817.508 F465 2001
(also on compact disc)
The funniest contributions of more than thirty New Yorker writers are collected here for the first time. Well-loved sketches and essays cover the gamut of subjects from love and sex to food, film and fame.

The Conquerors by Michael R. Beschloss

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941–1945
Michael R. Beschloss
940.531440943 B554 2002
Beschloss offers a look into the policies of two American presidents toward Nazi Germany during World War II. His book centers on the actions taken by Roosevelt and Truman in their attempts to ensure that a threatening Germany would not rise after the war was over. Beschloss looks at the inner struggles of the two leaders as well as their dealings with Britain and Russia.

Invisible Giants: Fifty Americans Who Shaped the Nation but Missed the History Books
Edited by Mark Carnes
973.099 I62 2002
In this interesting and engaging work, Carnes has gathered the stories of fifty overlooked individuals who had a large role in shaping American history. Carnes asked fifty individuals from diverse backgrounds to choose a name from the American National Biography that fit the mold of “invisible giant” in American history. The result is an interesting, diverse list of people from the political, business, and sports worlds.

Bush at War
Bob Woodward
973.931092 B978Zwo 2002
Bob Woodward’s latest offering focuses on the three months following the September 11 attacks and on how the Bush administration reacted. Woodward uses access to classified information, interviews with sources close to the administration, and an interview with Bush himself to chart the administration’s move toward war in Afghanistan and its earliest dealings with world governments in the War on Terror.