Category: Biography
Who Was Agatha Christie?

Masterpiece Mystery! Book & Film Club Agatha Christie WHO WAS AGATHA CHRISTIE? Biography A mother declares that her young daughter will not be allowed to read before age eight. “Better for the eyes and also the brain,” the mother says. But by age five, the child, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, had already taught herself to decipher the letters in her [...]

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Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil by Jerome Charyn

As the New York Yankees’ star centerfielder from 1936 to 1951, Joe DiMaggio is enshrined in America’s memory as the epitome in sports of grace, dignity, and that ineffable quality called “class.” But his career after retirement, starting with his nine-month marriage to Marilyn Monroe, was far less auspicious. Writers like Gay Talese and Richard Ben Cramer have painted the [...]

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon
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Rating 4 out of 3 – That’s right, it is THAT good. From the second page you are hit with the realization that people’s lives are affected by what is going on in the Middle East. We tend to tune out the war stories we hear on the news now, and this book does an amazing job and personalizing it [...]

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Game Set Match Champion: Arthur Ashe by Crystal Hubbard
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 48 pages Publisher: Lee & Low Books (September 30, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1600603661 ISBN-13: 978-1600603662

Rating: 2 out of 3 stars When most people hear the name Arthur Ashe, they think tennis and automatically go to HIV/AIDS. This book does not focus on that and instead teaches readers about his life on the court. While Crystal Hubbard does touch on the fact that Arthur was also a great speaker, she focuses mostly on his game [...]

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Paul Robeson by Eloise Greenfield + Giveaway
Reading level: Ages 9-12 Hardcover: 40 pages Publisher: Lee & Low Books (March 30, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1600602568 ISBN-13: 978-1600602566

Rating 3 out of 3 stars Greenfield is able to pack a lot of information in this relatively short book. We learn not only about who Paul Robeson was, but also how slavery formed his beliefs. The illustrations by George Ford, which appear to be done in black watercolor, help bring the story to life. As I read this book [...]

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