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  • Did President Grant really get a ticket for speeding in a horse-drawn carriage? [downloadable ebook] / and other questions about U.S. presidents

    Did President Grant really get a ticket for speeding in a horse-drawn carriage? / and other questions about U.S. presidents2011

    by Sandra Donovan

    (5)

    Summary: The book explores seventeen old believes about U.S. presidents and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the experts! Find out whether William Henry Harrison...  more »

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  • The girl with seven names [eBook] : escape from North Korea

    The girl with seven names : escape from North Korea2015

    by Hyeonseo Lee

    Summary: In 1997 the author, aged 17, escaped North Korea for China. Her mother's first words over the telephone to her lost daughter were "don't come back." The reprisals for all of them would have been...  more »

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  • All the gallant men [eBook] : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor

    All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor2016

    by Donald Stratton

    (3,349)

    Summary: At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely...  more »

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  • The lost city of the Monkey God [eBook] : a true story

    The lost city of the Monkey God : a true story2017

    by Douglas J. Preston

    Summary: Since the days of Cortes, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. In 1940,...  more »

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  • I was told to come alone [eBook] : my journey behind the lines of jihad

    I was told to come alone : my journey behind the lines of jihad2017

    by Souad Mekhennet

    Summary: The journalist who broke the "Jihadi John" story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism. Souad Mekhennet...  more »

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  • Promise me, Dad [eBook] : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose

    Promise me, Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose2017

    by Joseph R. Biden . Jr

    Summary: In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years. It was the one constant in what had...  more »

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  • The last girl [eBook] : my story of captivity, and my fight against the Islamic State

    The last girl : my story of captivity, and my fight against the Islamic State2017

    by Nadia Murad

    Summary: In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story. Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and...  more »

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  • The family Romanov [eBook] : murder, rebellion & the fall of Imperial Russia

    The family Romanov : murder, rebellion & the fall of Imperial Russia2014

    by Candace Fleming

    (10,643)

    Summary: From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar,...  more »

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  • Just mercy [eBook] : a story of justice and redemption

    Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption2014

    by Bryan Stevenson

    (201,261)

    Summary: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

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  • What if? [eBook] : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

    What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions2014

    by Randall Munroe

    (154,342)

    Summary: Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following....  more »

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  • Twelve Years a Slave [eBook]

    Twelve Years a Slave2012

    by Solomon Northup

    (110,017)

    Summary: The story of Solomon Northup is a bizarre and incredible one. Born a free black in New York State in 1808, he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841, and spent most of the next 12 years as a...  more »

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  • A brief history of time [eBook]

    A brief history of time2011

    by Stephen Hawking

    Summary: "In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold...  more »

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  • Marley & me [eBook] : life and love with the world's worst dog

    Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog2009

    by John Grogan

    (461,961)

    Summary: John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball...  more »

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  • Twelve Years a Slave [eBook]

    Twelve Years a Slave2014

    by Solomon Northup

    (110,017)

    Summary: The story of Solomon Northup is a bizarre and incredible one. Born a free black in New York State in 1808, he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841, and spent most of the next 12 years as a...  more »

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  • Finding me [eBook] : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings

    Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings2014

    by Michelle Knight

    (25,574)

    Summary: Describes the details of the abduction and decade-long captivity of one of the three survivors of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and how she found the courage to endure unimaginable circumstances and never lose hope for the future.

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  • A boy I once knew [downloadable ebook] / what a teacher learned from her student

    A boy I once knew / what a teacher learned from her student2002

    by Elizabeth Stone

    (206)

    Summary: One morning, a box was delivered to Elizabeth Stone's door. It held ten years of personal diaries and a letter that began Dear Elizabeth, You must be wondering why I left you my diaries in my will....  more »

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  • Sweet land of liberty [downloadable ebook] / the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North

    Sweet land of liberty / the forgotten struggle for civil rights in the North2008

    by Thomas J Sugrue

    (272)

    Summary: Sweet Land of Liberty is an epic, revelatory account of the abiding quest for justice in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South.

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  • Best. State. Ever. [eBook] : a Florida man defends his homeland

    Best. State. Ever. : a Florida man defends his homeland2016

    by Dave Barry

    (4,994)

    Summary: "We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, 'What the hell is...  more »

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  • Notorious RBG [eBook] : the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Notorious RBG : the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg2015

    by Irin Carmon

    (56,445)

    Summary: "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers a visually rich, intimate, unprecedented look at the Justice and how she changed the world. From Ginsburg's refusal to let the slammed...  more »

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  • Shrill [eBook] : notes from a loud woman

    Shrill : notes from a loud woman2016

    by Lindy West

    (57,484)

    Summary: "Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered...  more »

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  • The perfect horse [eBook] : the daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis

    The perfect horse : the daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis2016

    by Elizabeth Letts

    (6,214)

    Summary: In the chaotic last days of World War II, a small troop of American soldiers captures a German spy and learns that on a secret farm behind enemy lines, Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest...  more »

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  • 1776 [eBook]

    17762005

    by David G McCullough

    (215,570)

    Summary: Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts,...  more »

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  • Dark matter and the dinosaurs [eBook] : the astounding interconnectedness of the universe

    Dark matter and the dinosaurs : the astounding interconnectedness of the universe2015

    by Lisa Randall

    (3,046)

    Summary: "Sixty-six million years ago, an object the size of a city descended from space to crash into Earth, creating a devastating cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs, along with three-quarters of the...  more »

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  • The whole30 [eBook] : the 30-day guide to total health and food freedom

    The whole30 : the 30-day guide to total health and food freedom2015

    by Melissa Hartwig

    (18,030)

    Summary: "Millions of people visit Whole30.com every month and share their stories of weight loss and lifestyle makeovers. Hundreds of thousands of them have read It Starts With Food, which explains the...  more »

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  • Alexander Hamilton [eBook]

    Alexander Hamilton

    by Ron Chernow

    (164,707)

    Summary: Ron Chernow tells the story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly...  more »

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  • 7 events that made America, America [eBook] : and proved that the founding fathers were right all along

    7 events that made America, America : and proved that the founding fathers were right all along2010

    by Larry Schweikart

    (524)

    Summary: Every schoolchild is taught the great turning points in American history, such as Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, and 9/11. But other, equally significant events have altered our...  more »

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  • Night

    Night

    by Elie Wiesel

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    Summary: Night offers a personal and unforgettable account of the appalling horrors of Hitler's reign of terror. Through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, we behold the tragic fate of the Jews from the little...  more »

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  • Empire of the summer moon [eBook] : Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history

    Empire of the summer moon : Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history2010

    by S. C. Gwynne

    (43,994)

    Summary: The compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower-blue eyes who was kidnapped by Comanches from the far Texas frontier in 1836. She grew to love her captors and...  more »

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  • Wine isn't rocket science [eBook] : a quick & easy guide to understanding, buying, tasting, & pairing every type of wine

    Wine isn't rocket science : a quick & easy guide to understanding, buying, tasting, & pairing every type of wine2017

    by Ophelie Neiman

    Summary: From how grapes are grown, harvested and turned into wine, to judging the color, aroma, and taste of the world's most popular varietals, to understanding terroir and feeling confident ordering and...  more »

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  • There's a mystery there [eBook] : the primal vision of Maurice Sendak

    There's a mystery there : the primal vision of Maurice Sendak2017

    by Jonathan Cott

    Summary: An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in...  more »

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  • Raven Rock [eBook] : the story of the U.S. government's secret plan to save itself -- while the rest of us die

    Raven Rock : the story of the U.S. government's secret plan to save itself -- while the rest of us die2017

    by Garrett M Graff

    Summary: Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, codenamed "MUSSEL," flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the Presidential motorcade, most people assume the squadron is...  more »

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  • Iowa [eBook]: off the beaten path : discover your fun

    Iowa : off the beaten path : discover your fun2017

    by Lori Erickson

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  • Hué 1968 [eBook] : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam

    Hué 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam2017

    by Mark Bowden

    Summary: In mid-1967, the North Vietnam leadership had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. Part military action and part popular uprising, the effort included attacks...  more »

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  • Churchill and Orwell [eBook] : the fight for freedom

    Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom2017

    by Thomas E. Ricks

    Summary: Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930's -- Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War, and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If...  more »

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  • Blitzed [eBook] : drugs in the Third Reich

    Blitzed : drugs in the Third Reich2017

    by Norman Ohler

    Summary: The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. On the eve of World War II, Germany...  more »

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  • The American spirit [eBook] : who we are and what we stand for

    The American spirit : who we are and what we stand for2017

    by David G. McCullough

    Summary: This collection of speeches by historian David McCullough reminds us of fundamental American principles. Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the...  more »

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  • This fight is our fight [eBook] : the battle to save America's middle class

    This fight is our fight : the battle to save America's middle class2017

    by Elizabeth Warren

    Summary: Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading...  more »

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  • Dodge City [eBook] : Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the wickedest town in the American West

    Dodge City : Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the wickedest town in the American West2017

    by Thomas Clavin

    (3,215)

    Summary: "Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs...  more »

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  • Radical hope [eBook] : letters of love and dissent in dangerous times

    Radical hope : letters of love and dissent in dangerous times2017

    by Carolina De Robertis

    (1,169)

    Summary: Radical Hope is a collection of letters -- to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged -- written by...  more »

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  • Rediscovering Americanism [eBook] : and the tyranny of progressivism

    Rediscovering Americanism : and the tyranny of progressivism2017

    by Mark R. Levin

    (1,037)

    Summary: "I often wonder what Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison ..., and the other Founders would think about today's America .... Of course, they would be mesmerized by all the modern...  more »

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  • Art In the Barn
    Friday, October 21st, 2022
    5:30pm-8:30pm

    An exhibition of works by local artists, live music, and appetizers, wine, and craft beer are included with the $20 admission to this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library.

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