Archive for the ‘Biography’ Category

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

March 6, 2020

[SAM]

I know what you’re thinking. A biography of a historical figure? You’re going to recommend that for pleasure reading. You’re going to suggest I do “homework” during my precious little respites from an increasingly exhausting and chaotic world. No thanks, please return to your reviews of strange cookbooks, comics, and the fluffiest fiction you can find. 

I hear you, but let me counter. This book is 137 pages. Yes, that’s right, it’s less than two hundred pages. Author and historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar has done something truly extraordinary. She has written a powerful, accessible, and enjoyable biography of an important historical figure that so many of us know of, but do not truly know. In addition to details on her escape from slavery and her numerous journeys as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, this book also delves into Harriet Tubman’s work within the union army during the Civil War, her advocacy for women’s suffrage, and her contributions to the creation of a home and hospital for the elderly.

It’s a pager turner filled with beautiful illustrations. And the audiobook (which is less than 4 hours long) plays just like a good podcast. So check out She Came to Slay

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Beautiful on the outside by Adam Rippon

November 5, 2019

[SAM]

It’s November right now. The holidays are heading our way fast and furious. Snow and all its complications feel as though they are right around the corner. There’s so much to schedule, so much to get done. I’ve reached that point where I just need a happy, uncomplicated book. Save your great works of literature for another day. I am here for some sarcasm, a few laughs, maybe a fun fact or two, and extremely low stakes. If this sounds good to you as well check out Beautiful on the outside by Adam Rippon. 

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You don’t need to know anything about figure skating or care about the Olympics to enjoy this memoir. Though if you are a figure skating fan you’ll have a lot of fun recognizing some of the names he references. Mostly it’s a fun, light hearted detailing of Rippon’s many years of hard work on and off the ice. The audiobook version is also a delight.  

Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky

December 11, 2017

[SAM] Look, I am here for all things Rachel Ignotofsky. I loved her women in science art long before it ever became her awesome first book “Women in Science.” So I was pretty sure I was going to like her follow-up “Women in Sports.” Then I opened to the first page and found the story of Madge Syers. Now, I know the story of Madge Syers, but I suspect you dear reader might not. And believe me, you want to know the story of Madge Syers. It might just change your opinion of her entire sport.

Oh, also the rest of the book is very good. You know, just in case you happen to not be as obsessed with Madge Syers as I am (not that I understand why, but hey people like what they like I guess). Filled with fifty stories and illustrations of amazing athletes. Learn a bit more about the awesome lives of Serena Williams and Simone Biles, and discover who Julie Krone and Patti McGee are. With one page of text on each athlete accompanied by an illustration surrounded with fast facts, this book makes it super easy to discover a new story each day! It’s definitely one of my favorite books of 2017. A great book for the whole family.

Available on audio at Hoopla.