Biography, Children, Nonfiction

Counting On Katherine by Helaine Becker

Grades 3 – 5

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker is a biography about Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who calculated the flight path for NASA’s first moon landing in 1969. The book starts out by telling readers about Katherine’s childhood and her lifelong love of math. It then goes on to explain how she became a mathematician when she grew up, and how she saved Apollo 13.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Biography

Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter by Matthew Dennison

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Fans of Beatrix Potter and her adorable Peter Cottontail stories will love this biography! It describes what happens in the stories that she wrote and illustrated. The book chronicles Potter’s life, and tells of how she came to create the beloved tales.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Biography, Nonfiction

Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life by Jeff Wisler

Ages 14+

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Wisler chronicles Hamilton’s life by taking lessons and advice that we can learn from everything he did and the way he lived his own life. Hamilton was a scrappy orphan who had an insatiable hunger for learning. He read everything he could get his hands on, and then he wrote as much as he could. Helping win the Revolutionary War, ratifying the Constitution and creating the country’s financial system were just some of the things that Alexander Hamilton accomplished. Wisler explains Hamilton’s basic maxims, as Hamilton liked to say, for anyone who wants success in money, romance or a good fight. Hamilton was a man before his time, and people of all generations will learn from him for years to come.

Biography

Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh by Alexander Walker

Ages 14+
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Vivien Leigh is perhaps most famous for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in the movie adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. She was an actress who found herself in her roles. She immersed herself so much into them that she began to take on the characteristics of the person she was depicting on the silver screen. The book is based on interviews of Leigh’s family, friends, colleagues and Leigh herself.

Biography

Road To Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell by Anne Edwards

Ages 14+
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It is said that Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is semi-autobiographical, and that she based its main character, Scarlett O’Hara on herself. Road To Tara chronicles the life of Margaret, called Peggy by her close friends and family. Readers learn about her private life and how the legendary novel came to be. Lovers of Gone With the Wind will eat this one up!