Reviewed by Children’s Specialist Morgan Hayes
Rad American Women A-Z, by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, documents America’s many famous and unsung heroines. In typical fashion of an A-Z book, Rad American Women uses the alphabet to showcase the feats of these many women. But instead of having “A is for Apple,” Schatz writes “A is for Angela Davis – Who never backs down from the fight for justice” and “M is for Maya Lin – Who makes big ideas into beautiful art.” Each page contains the alphabet letter, a beautiful illustration, and a short story about the accomplishments of each woman.
This book is great for anyone who wants to learn about America’s most inspirational women. It is perfect for children, adults, and teachers, who wish to start a discussion on feminism and the power of women in America. Rad American Women also includes a resource guide with other books about “Rad American Women” and websites and organizations that promote equality for all.
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Reviewed by Technical Service Assistant Jade Crabtree
In 1925 famed explorer Percy Fawcett entered the Amazon in search of an ancient city that he called Z. El Dorado, the famed city of gold, has been hunted for centuries and thousands of people have perished in the jungle following the elusive glitter of gold. Fawcett’s journey captivated the world and inspired Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. His and his companions’ fates have been a tantalizing mystery in the decades following his disappearance. Did Fawcett find Z? Is Z really El Dorado? Did either city really exist? These are the questions that plagued countless people who tried to follow the scant clues and retrace Fawcett’s path. David Grann made his own trip in Fawcett’s footsteps and what he discovers answers some questions but raises even more.
The Lost City of Z was optioned for film and is currently in post-production with scheduled release date in 2016. It will feature Charlie Hunnam (of Sons of Anarchy) as Percy Fawcett, Sienna Miller as his wife and Robert Pattinson Henry Costin.
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Reviewed by Circulation Specialist Tammy Powers
Born Survivors is a true story about three Jewish women who were newly pregnant in 1944. They were separated from their family and friends and sent to Auschwitz. They survived, despite the odds, at the concentration camp and hid their pregnancies from the Nazis and especially Joseph Mengele. Then they were sent to a slave-labor camp where they worked, half-starved and dehydrated. The labor camp, Mauthausen, was considered the camp of “extermination by labor”. It was there that they were freed by American soldiers at the end of the war. With the help of guards and strangers, all three women and their children survived. Tragically, more than twenty three members of their immediate families did not survive, including their husbands.
I would highly recommend this book. The book has pictures of the women, their families and their children. The pictures make the story both more personable and more tragic. To read about WWII and the concentration camps is different than putting faces to the statistics. This is not only a story of survival but a story of how there can be hope and love despite being surrounded by evil and cruelty. There are two quotes that I found touching: “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage” by Seneca, and “No day shall erase you from the memory of Time” by Virgil.
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