He was known as “the Sultan of Swat” and “the Bambino,” but whatever they called him, George Herman Ruth Jr.–one of the greatest players in the history of baseball–retired on June 2, 1935. “Babe” Ruth signed with the Baltimore Orioles when he was 19, but the law—then–required a legal guardian to authorize his contract. Jack Dunn, the team’s owner, took on the responsibility…
Elliott Roosevelt’s MURDER IN THE LINCOLN BEDROOM; while the Executive Mansion is a flutter with preparations for a classified conference to be attended by General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, a body is discovered. Sleuth Eleanor Roosevelt has to solve the case before news of the crime makes its way to the press.
J. Randy Taraborrelli’s JACKIE, ETHEL, JOAN: WOMEN OF CAMELOT; three sisters-in-law bound by marriage, politics, friendship, and tragedy.
Newton Froelich’s 1492: A NOVEL OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND HIS WORLD; maneuvering, machinations, and manipulation in the time of Ferdinand and Isabella–and their Inquisition.
Herman Melville’s MOBY DICK, or THE WHALE; Ishmael the sailor narrates the story of Ahab, the captain of the Pequod, who is obsessed with avenging the mythic whale for destroying his ship, and severing his leg.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 to be the film industry’s official trade organization; two years later–on May 16, 1929—the first Academy Awards were presented, but it wasn’t until 1939 that the golden statuettes became known as the Oscars. According to Hollywood lore, Margaret Herrick, executive director of the Academy, apparently said they looked like her…
from the Grateful American Foundation
SUSPECT RED by L.M. Elliott
HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly
LIKE A RIVER by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
THE DRUM OF DESTINY by Christopher Stevenson
THE BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR by Sonia Sotomayor
MRS. KENNEDY AND ME by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin
BREAD GIVERS by Anzia Yezierska
LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE by Mary Higgins Clark
WEEP NO MORE, MY LADY by Mary Higgins Clark
JOY IN THE MORNING by Betty Smith
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou
UP FROM SLAVERY by Booker T. Washington
THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok
REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD by Anne Tyler
WAITING TO EXHALE by Terry McMillan
THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT by Sloan Wilson
WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS by Wilson Rawls
THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath
FEAR: TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Bob Woodward
BETWEEN THE LINES by Claudia Whitsitt
Tony Randall’s and Michael Mindlin’s WHICH REMINDS ME; a lifetime of jokes, anecdotes, and show business stories; the late actor’s autobiography.
Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer’s MUSICALLY SPEAKING: A LIFE THROUGH SONG; how music has quieted the horrific memories of the Holocaust; a memoir.
Calvin Trillin’s ABOUT ALICE; loving stories about the author’s wife who died of cardiac arrest on 9/11.
Mary Higgins Clark’s LOVES MUSIC, LOVES TO DANCE; a murderer selects his victims from the women who answer his personal ads.
Helene Hanff’s APPLE OF MY EYE; adventures in New York–mostly on foot–by the author of 84, Charing Cross Road.