Are you a person who finds joy in reading non-fiction books like biographies, memoirs, socially conscious subjects, inspirational journeys, culture, etc? My goal is to explore new and intriguing topics, expand our knowledge, get to know interesting authors, and maybe introduce ourselves to areas of the world we've never heard of before. Discover parts of humanity we didn't know existed, or just really don't know much about. Often we live our lives in our own worlds that are narrowly defined by our own thoughts and belief systems. There is an endless opportunity for learning through books. I hope to gain a new perspective through reading, discussion, and the life experiences of other people. I hope you'll join me for this exciting new adventure!
This book addresses history and true crime: in this groundbreaking narrative of one of America's most divisive trials and executions, award-winning journalist Bruce Watson mines deep archives and newly available sources to paint the most complete portrait available of the "good shoemaker" and the "poor fish peddler." Opening with an explosion that rocks a quiet Washington, D.C., neighborhood and concluding with worldwide outrage as two men are executed despite widespread doubts about their guilt, Sacco & Vanzetti is the definitive history of an infamous case that still haunts the American imagination.
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An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
This is a book on an enduring topic: the Salem witch hysteria. Six Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis of the Salem witch trials. By the end of the trials, beyond the 20 who were executed and the five who perished in prison, 207 individuals had been accused, 74 had been "afflicted", 32 had officially accused their fellow neighbors, and 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into that ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn't include the religious, judicial, and governmental leaders. All this adds up to what the Rev. Cotton Mather called "a desolation of names".