Biography

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

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ISBN: 9781451678741
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 22nd, 2014

Michelangelo’s impossibilities (antisocial as well as artistic)are the reason we think of an "artist" as other than an anonymous skilled laborer. Arranged around 6 major works, Unger's book beautifully blends history (bad popes, Medicis) biography and perceptive analysis. A fascinating study of an artist and his time (the High Renaissance - with Leonardo, Machiavelli, Raphael, Vasari etc.) regardless of your aesthetic.

Gary


Nightingales

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Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345451880
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 13th, 2005

Gill goes beyond a simple biography of Florence Nightingale to take in the whole extended family, part of the wealthy community of reformers that drove England in the 19th century. The story itself is great, but if you're a fan of detail, read to the end: the notes are almost better than the narrative.

Sarah


Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

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Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children Cover Image
By Jan Pinborough, Debby Atwell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780547471051
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Published: Clarion Books - March 5th, 2013

Learn the true story of Anne Carol Moore, the first children’s librarian in the United States! Told in lovingly crafted prose and Miss Rumphius-esque illustrations, this is a perfect read for both history and book lovers.

MacKenzie


In The Bag

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In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up (Great Idea Series #3) Cover Image
By Monica Kulling, David Parkins (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781770495159
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Published: Tundra Books - August 6th, 2013

In The Bag is the story of Margaret Knight the inventor of the first machine to fold & glue paper bags.  It wasn't easy though. She had to prove it was her idea, when someone else tried to patent it after seeing her first model.  During her life she had over twenty patents to her name and ninety inventions.


Robert


The Hare With Amber Eyes, Illustrated Edition

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The Hare with Amber Eyes (Illustrated Edition): A Hidden Inheritance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374168285
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2012

Artist Edmund de Waal recounts the history of his illustrious family through good times and bad, from the late 19th century, the Holocaust and World War 2 to the present day through the carved eyes of a collection of Japanese miniatures- a fascinating, engrossing and readable best-selling sensation.  This gorgeous, lavishly illustrated edition is the best bet of the season and a perfect gift for the history or art buff in your life- or a beautiful treat for yourself.


Marie


The Paper Garden

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The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608196975
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 1st, 2012

From award-winning poet Molly Peacock: a biography of Mary Delaney, who began creating botanical "mosaics" at age 72 in the 18th century --but this book is so much more than that. Readers will be intrigued by Peacock's identification with Delaney, and the parallels between their lives. Peacock's writing is breathtaking, as are the enclosed reproductions of Delaney's artwork (those are collages, not paintings!). There's a little bit of everything for everyone here: biography, art, history, romance...

Jennifer


No Crystal Stair

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No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761361695
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Carolrhoda Lab (TM) - January 1st, 2012

“Whether you’re black as a crow or white as snow, if you don’t know and ain’t got no dough, you’re not gonna go.” - Lewis Michaux
Part historical fiction, part biography, No Crystal Stair is a reading experience like no other. I found myself inspired, moved, comforted, and even enraged by - and for - this man's story--he was such an influential figure. Michaux's Bookstore, as it was affectionately known, was the heart of the civil rights movement in Harlem for a good part of the 20th Century. It was here where Malcolm X gave many of his speeches. Award-winning author, and relative of Mr. Michaux, Vaunda Nelson brings this inspiring story to a whole new generation.
Carter


Hemingway's Boat

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Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400041626
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Published: Knopf - September 20th, 2011

In
a brilliant conceit, Hendrickson hangs this wonderful hybrid of
biography, rumination, analysis and celebration of Hemingway upon the
period of his ownership of the Pilar, his
custom made fishing boat.  Even readers of earlier Hemingway
biographies will find loads of fresh riches, back story and context.Gary


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