Biographies & Memoirs
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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kadir Nelson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (2013, Jan 2nd).
In this picture book biography, award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant free verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy's determination to change South Africa, and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for all people, no matter the color of their skin. Readers will be inspired by Mandela's triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.An author's note at the back retells the story of Mandela's fight against apartheid in simple prose, and takes the story further, including Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize. A short bibliography lists additional sources for readers who want to find out more.This Coretta Scott King Honor Book supports the Common Core State Standards. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Joshua Zeitz
Publisher: Viking Adult (2014, Feb 4th).
A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln’s White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants Lincoln’s official secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay enjoyed more access, witnessed more history, and knew Lincoln better than anyone outside of the president’s immediate family. Hay and Nicolay were the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They read poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union army setbacks, and plotted electoral strategy. They were present at every seminal event, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Addressand they wrote about it after his death. In their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to establish Lincoln’s heroic legacy and to preserve a narrative that saw slaverynot states’ rightsas the sole cause of the Civil War. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Saints: An authorative visual guide to the lives and works of over 500 saints, with expert commentary and over 500 beautiful paintings, statues & icons.Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Tessa Paul
Publisher: Anness (2009, Jul 16th).
Far more than a dictionary of saints, this beautifully illustrated book is an informative chronicle that explores the mysterious conditions of sainthood and tells the lives of the saints in a comprehensive and modern approach to this fascinating subject. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALsAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Johnny Walker
Publisher: William Morrow (2014, Feb 11th).
In this unforgettable memoir, the Navy SEALs’ most trusted translator—a man who is credited with saving countless American lives and became a legend in the special-ops community—tells his inspiring story for the first time.As the insurgency in Iraq intensified following the American invasion, U.S. Navy SEALs were called upon to root terrorists from their lairs. Unsure of the local neighborhoods and unable to speak the local languages, they came to rely on one man to guide them and watch their backs. He was a "terp"—an interpreter—with a job so dangerous they couldn't even use his real name.They named him Johnny Walker. They soon called him brother. Over the course of eight years, the Iraqi native traveled around the country with nearly every SEAL and special operations unit deployed there. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability