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History Buff Book Club 2019 - Tippecanoe Branch

By MPL Staff on Dec 10, 2018 2:00 PM

History Buff Book Club 2019 - Tippecanoe Branch


Mondays from 6-7 pm. Read about history from diverse perspectives and different points of view. Books are available for check out one month prior to discussion at the front desk. New members are welcome.



January 28 The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

Shows readers moments throughout the nation's history, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movements, to guide them in understanding American politics today.


February 25 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.


March 25 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.



April 29 Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

The former U.S. secretary of state presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.



May 27 The library is closed for Memorial Day.

June 24 Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton

A biography of the fugitive slave turned "conductor" on the Underground Railroad describes Tubman's youth in the South, her escape to Philadelphia, her efforts to liberate slaves, and her work for the Union Army.



July 29 War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow

The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex.


August 26 No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin’s marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor’s life as First Lady, and FDR’s White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war. 


September 30 Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

Presents a previously unpublished work that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery in the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, who was abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.


October 28 The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W. Johnson

Documents the 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the Natural History Museum at Tring by a young American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives.


November 25 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

Documents and personal narratives record the experiences of the American Indian during the nineteenth century.



December 30 Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

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