Edwidge had two sell-out events in Washington DC at Busboys & Poets and Politics & Prose. Next up, she is in Los Angeles for an event with the ALOUD series at the Los Angeles Public Library on October 26th. See you there!
There are many interesting things we can still learn about Elizabeth I, according to our author, Helen Hackett. For example, despite never mentioning her mother, Anne Boleyn, in public, Elizabeth kept a locket ring containing images of herself and her mother, indicating that she liked to remember her mother in private. Here, the author of Shakespeare and Elizabeth discusses five books that can help us better understand the Virgin Queen.
Paul Thagard, author of The Brain and the Meaning of Life, discovered some new books this summer that he wants to share with you. His recommendations cover a wide range of genres and emotions, from adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat to a poignant personal memoir to the tension that accompanies a ground-breaking discovery. Interested? Read what Paul says about these books:
“David Grann, The Lost City of Z. This is non-fiction, but perfect for airplanes or beaches, as it reads like a thriller. The book weaves together the biographical story of an Amazon explorer and the autobiographical story of the author’s investigation of him. It’s totally absorbing.”
“Roger Rosenblatt, Making Toast. This book is the moving and eloquent story of the author’s first year after the sudden death of his 38-year old daughter. He and his wife move in with their son-in-law and young grandchildren. This book is an excellent grief memoir from the unusual perspective of a parent rather than a spouse.”
“Elliott S. Valenstein, The War of the Soups and the Sparks. A retired neuropsychologist tells the fascinating story of the discovery of neurotransmitters and the controversy over how new nerves communicate with each other: chemically (soups) or electrically (sparks). This intriguing history also illuminates the nature of scientific research.”
What are you reading this summer and where? Biographies make a great addition to summer reading lists. While lounging around the beach or pool, you can go back in time and discover how others lived their lives. From explorers, writers, and philosophers to even a volcano, we have a biography for your summer reading list or book club. Check these out…
The Poison King:
The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy
A fascinating biography of the legendary king, rebel, and poisoner who defied the Roman Empire.
Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus:
A Ghost Story and a Biography
Clifton Crais & Pamela Scully
Displayed on European stages from 1810 to 1815 as the Hottentot Venus, Sara Baartman was one of the most famous women of her day, and also one of the least known.
Robert Burns, A Biography
This incisive biography startlingly demonstrates why the life and work of Scotland’s greatest poet still compel the attention of the world a quarter of a millennium after his birth.
Citizen of the World: A Biography
Translated by Allan Cameron
The revolutionary, soldier, politician, and greatest figure in the fight for Italian unification, Garibaldi (1807-1882) brought off almost as many dramatic exploits in the Americas as he did in Europe, becoming an international freedom fighter, earning the title of the “hero of two worlds,” and making himself perhaps the most famous and beloved man of his century.
The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Samuel Heilman & Menachem Friedman
This is the story of one of the most compelling religious figures of the 20th century.
This volcano has fascinated scientists, writers, and poets for two millennia.
The Life of R. G. Collingwood
This is the first biography of the last and greatest British idealist philosopher, R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943), a man who both thought and lived at full pitch.
More biographies and books about biographies:
The Whitman Disciples
This is the surprising story of the people who saw Whitman as a divine prophet.