Non Fiction Shelf

History is a gallery of pictures in which thre are few originals and many copies.    Alexis de Tocqueville

John Adams   David McCullough

 I loved this book. I loved learning more about Adams, especially about his life before and after the presidency. One of my favorite lines occurs after the death of Abigail. Whenever the father was complimented about his son John Quincy, he would say with emphasis, "My son had a mother." The description of his death moved me to tears. A great story about a great patriot.


Storming the Court   Brandt Goldstein.

If you have been following the the news about Guantánamo Bay, this book is for you! It kept me riveted to my reading chair. What an eye-opener! Looks like a Warner Brothers film is in the works. Be sure to read the book before the film comes out


The Glass Castle  Jeannette Walls

A moving story of poverty, resiliency, forgiveness, and family. Walls is a powerful storyteller with a remarkable story to tell. Early in the book,her father uproots the family in the middle of the night. "Later that night, Dad stopped the car out in the middle of the desert, and we slept under the stars. We had no pillows, but Dad said that was part of his plan....We did have our scratchy army-surplus blankets, so we spread them out and lay there, looking at the field of stars. I told Lori how lucky we were to be sleeping out under the stars like Indians. We could live like this forever.' I said. I think we're going to.' she said."


Riding the Bus with My Sister  Rachel Simon

Simon tells of her year spent riding public transportation with her  sister. It is an interesting glimpse both into the life of a mentally retarded adult and into one family's lifetime struggle to cope with a family member with mutliple challenges. I liked the bus drivers, what a great group of people!