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February 2018

Time February 19, 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Trump’s Lasting Legacy - The inside story of how the President is changing the federal judiciary for a generation.
  • When the Water Runs Out - TIME’s Africa bureau chief on the water crisis in Cape Town.
  • The Power of the Black Panther - Marvel’s new movie is wildly entertaining - and a deft exploration of black identity.

Time February 12, 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Nuclear Poker - The Trump Administration and the new era of global brinkmanship.
  • Through Her Eyes - A photographer chronicles her mother’s struggle with mental illness.
  • Winter Olympics Preview - American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is set to rewrite the record books. Plus: More athletes to watch. North & South Korea’s Olympic olive branch.

Time February 5, 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Davos 2018
    • Donald Trump rejects the world the U.S. made.
    • On the ground in Switzerland with bankers, billionaires and Buddhist monks.
    • What the global elite can learn from Trump
  • The United States of Poverty
    • Cross-country trips document the nation’s deepening economic divide
    • The problem with GDP as a measurement of prosperity

Time January 29, 2018

Featured Articles:

  • The Pink Wave - A record number of women are running for office for the first time, and they are poised to transform.
  • The Big Thaw - Photos reveal the depths and dangers of Antarctica’s melting sea ice.
  • The Innovator - Robin Li, founder of Chinese web giant Baidu, has set his sights on revolutionizing artificial intelligence.

The Atlantic March 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Why China Loves Trump - The people love a winner. The leadership loves a dupe.
  • How Will We Feed the New Global Middle Class? In 2050 the world population will be 10 billion. Can everyone eat without destroying the Earth?
  • American Hustler - Oligarchs, shady deals, foreign money - how Paul Manafort helped contaminate Washington and corrupt U.S. politics.
  • America is Not a Democracy - How the United States lost the faith and its citizens - and what it can do to win them back.
  • Boycott the GOP - The party is now a threat to the constitutional order. Two nonpartisans argue that people must vote against Republicans at every opportunity.
  • Your Dog Feels No Shame - The myth of canine guilt.
  • How to Talk Trump - A concise guide to speaking the president’s dialect.
  • The Banana Trick - And other dark arts of self-checkout theft.
  • The Big Question - What was the most influential act of protest in history?

Harper’s February 2018

  • The Minds of Others - The art of persuasion in the age of Trump.
  • Before the Deluge - How Washington sealed Puerto Rico’s fate.
  • Notes to Self - Lincoln’s private thoughts on fate, failure, slavery, and belief.
  • Within Reach - The transgender community fights for health care.
  • Reading in the Dark - Does fiction matter in a post-fact age?
  • War No More - The surprising legacy of a ninety-year-old peace pact.

Popular Science January/February 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Can we outlaw fossil fuels? Hawaii is trying and they want to do it by 2045.
  • How gas-guzzling, exhaust-fuming F1 racing will cope with an increasingly electric world.
  • Our life-giving sun could one day shut down our planet-wide grid.
  • The most pivotal Olympic moment is also one of the shortest: inside the bobsled start.
  • The U.S. is abandoning nuclear power. Is the shift foresight or folly?
  • The yearslong mission to upgrade the tubes that connect the Big Apple to the Net.

Discover March 2018

Featured Articles:

  • The Secret History of the Vikings - DNA evidence shows there’s more to these notable northerners than sailing, trading and conquering.
  • Taking a Dim View - Astronomers look past shiny galaxies to the faint ones, which have their own intrigue.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole - An anesthesiologist develops a fringe theory about quantum physics and consciousness. Now, his work is catching the ear of some serious neuroscientists.
  • Where Wild Things Aren’t - A writer and illustrator go gonzo over animals on the endangered species list.

Make February/March 2018


  • Rainbow Lightbox - Build a color quantizer out of mylar and scotch tape.
  • Text a Treat - This system dispenses snacks and sends a pic of your pooch, all via SMS.
  • Robot-Ready Radar - An ultrasonic sensor and a single servo let your bot sense its surroundings for less than $10.
  • Kokedama String Garden - Transform your plants into hanging sculptures.
  • Fat Head - Supersize your noggin with a lens and a cardboard box.
  • DIU Bipedal Robot - Open source and customizable, Otto can dance and avoid obstacles.
  • Electronics Fun & Fundamentals: Ohm Sweet Ohm - Lessons learned installing custom LED driveway lighting.
  • A Clean Sweep - Light up your broom with LEDs from a scavenged worklight.
  • Build a Crappy Robot - Not only will it be entertaining, the process will offer valuable lessons.
  • Amateur Scientist: Small-Scale Solar Power - Transform a 25-watt semi-flexible panel into a practical battery charger.
  • Twirl-A-Squirrel - Mod your bird feeder to (gently) evict furry thieves via remote control.
  • Boost Your Bubbles - Combine helium and air to float clouds of soapy water.

Wired February 2018

Featured Articles:

  • The Golden Age of Free Speech:
    • Technology is Upending Everything We Thought We Knew About Free Speech
    • “Nice Website, It Would be a Shame If Something Happened to It.”
    • Everything You Say Can and Will be Used Against You
    • Please, Silence Your Speech
    • The Best Hope For Civil Discourse on the Internet … Is On Reddit

National Geographic February 2018

Featured Articles :

  • They are Watching You and Everything Else on this Planet - Technology and our increasing demand for security have put us all under surveillance. Is privacy just becoming a memory?
  • This Technology Could Transform Life in Cities - Using lidar to show us each street crack can help urban design improve quality of life.
  • How ‘Dubaization’ Transformed Skylines - Idiosyncrasies about in nations rich in resources but poor in traditional architecture.

Smithsonian January/February 2018

Featured Articles:

  • In Search of Vietnam - Reliving the Tet Offensive and its horrors, which the nation refuses to acknowledge.
  • The Road to Bliss - The Beach Boys’ frontman recalls a magical mystery tour with the Beatles in India.
  • A Seismic Year - Events that shook the world, from the Prague Spring ot the presidential election surprise.
  • Fallen Angel - Teen sensation Frankie Lymon soared to fame, the face of a new kind of music. His dramatic fall in 1968 was just as symbolic.
  • The Ghosts of My Lai - A half century after the massacre, survivors are still waiting for Lt. William Calley to come back to Vietnam.
  • I Am a Man - Martin Luther King Jr. went to Memphis to show solidarity with the city’s striking sanitation workers. It was the last thing he did.
  • Back When the End Was Near - Paul Ehrlich’s alarming book The Population Bomb remains influential, despite being largely wrong.
  • Bobby’s Kids - At an L.A. school built where RFK was assassinated, students live up to his generous spirit.
  • Rage Against the Machine - The author by women at the glitzy beauty pageant in Atlantic City touched off a revolution that still echoes today.
  • Dethroning Miss America - A protest by women at the glitzy beauty pageant in Atlantic City touched off a revolution that still echoes today.
  • The Man Who Invented the Future - A now-forgotten scientist unveiled the personal computer and the internet decades before they came to be.
  • Houston, We Have a Photo - Our writer solves the mystery behind the world’s most famous images, “Earthrise,” taken aboard Apollo 8.

Art News Winter 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Full Circle - Howardena Pindell steps back into the spotlight with a traveling retrospective.
  • Design District Debut - The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami gets a new home.
  • Vision Quest - The Berkshire Museum will stop at nothing to sell its art. What does that mean for the future of American institutions?
  • The ArtNews Accord - A Talk with Nato Thompson and Avram Finkelstein.
  • Back to the Future - A writer explores his father’s past with geodesic domes in downtown New York.
  • Public Affairs - Take a tour of artful totems in the wilds of New York.

Teaching Tolerance Spring 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Liberated Roots - School gardens can be powerful - and problematic.
  • Debunking the Mobility Myth - The American Dream discriminates on the basis of color. How do we explain that to African-American children?
  • States’ Rights and “Historical Malpractice” - One teacher tackles stubborn misconceptions about the cause of the Civil War.
  • Statistically Speaking - How many teachers are also bullies? More than you might think.
  • A Remote Control for Learning - Artists and educator Gene Luen Yang explains how graphic novels give students greater agency over their learning and their lives.
  • We are Ready - Years of equity work sheltered Charlottesville’s students when hate came to their town.
  • Why Mendez Still Matters - How much do you know about the other school desegregation case?
  • Celebrate Maya Angelou! - Maya Angelou would have been 90 years old this April - which also happens to be National Poetry Month. How will you celebrate her legacy with your students?
  • Teaching Hard History - Four innovative educators discuss how they teach our country’s painful past. Plus, get a sneak preview of our new resources for teaching about American slavery.
  • “I’ve never experienced white guilt” - A black teacher reflects on helping her white students explore their racial identities.

Book Club

Oxford Academy

Book Club

Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 P.M.

At The Westbrook Public Library

Pizza and dessert will be served!


Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Open to all high school students attending Oxford Academy & Westbrook High School.

Please see Mrs. Gilman to register and pick up a copy of the book!

Hosted by Mrs. Gilman, Oxford Academy Library/Media Specialist and Mrs. Pearson, YA Teen Librarian at Westbrook Library.

What's Mrs. Gilman reading?

February 2018

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

October/November 2017

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

September 2017

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

May 2017

I am currently reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

April 2017

I am currently reading The Shack By William P. Young

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.

March 2017

I am currently reading The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.

February 2017

I am currently reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

January 2017

I am currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

December 2016

I am currently reading Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future―all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet’s preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.

November 2016

I am currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shay’s cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy. But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the rider’s skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum. Teens will be entranced, and the cliffhanger ending will leave them gasping for the sequel. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

October 2016

I am currently reading Relativity by Antonia Hayes

“Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.

Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.”

September 2016

I am currently reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

"Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge."

New Books in the Library

New Books Spring 2018


American Street by Ibi Zoboi

A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!

A New York Times Notable Book * Publishers Weekly Flying Start * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 (Top of the List winner) * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys.

In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Bull by David Elliott

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, which NPR called “beautifully clever,”Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology's most infamous monsters.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

An Best YA Book of the Year Selection

A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection

A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection

A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection

A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee

A Best Young Adult Book of May 2017

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee

A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee

A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers


Historical Fiction

Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

An unforgettable novel based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight as a soldier in the guerrilla army of notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

Soldier Boy begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa's longest running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape.

The story continues twenty years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again. Samuel is representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

Working closely with Ricky himself, debut author Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening book about a boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.

This title has Common Core connections.

Graphic Novels

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes

his wordless collection of strips by renowned artist/designer Rian Hughes reveals the lighter side of our obsession with social rankings.

When everyone has a number, everyone knows their place. Lower numbers are better, higher numbers are less important, and that's just the way it is. But what if that number could change? You might try to buck the system and assert your individuality... or you might end up with a big fat zero.

Big questions are explored and unexpected answers found in the first solo comics collection from award-winning designer & illustrator Rian Hughes. His whimsical, witty, and insightful strips will make you both smile and consider. Where do you stand in the pecking order? Is your number up?

The Stuff of LIfe: a graphic guide to genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz

The Stuff of Life gives readers a complete introduction to the history of genetics that's as easy to understand as it is entertaining to read.

The Graphic History of Gettysburg: America's Most Famous Battle and the Turning Point of the Civil War by Wayne Vansant

In this powerful graphic history, Wayne Vansant describes the history leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, as well all of the major military events on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, including the famous fight for Little Round Top on the second day and the death march known as Pickett’s Charge on the third and final day. He paints portraits of each army’s leaders, such as Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, George Meade, and the then little-known Joshua Chamberlain.

Vansant concludes a few months later at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in November, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most iconic speeches of all time, the Gettysburg Address. Gettysburg delivers one of the hallmark events of American history in an exciting and innovative format.

Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day by Wayne Vansant

Normandy depicts the planning and execution of Operation Overlord in 96 full-color pages. The initial paratrooper assault is shown, as well as the storming of the five D-Day beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. But the story does not end there. Once the Allies got ashore, they had to stay ashore. The Germans made every effort to push them back into the sea. This book depicts the such key events in the Allied liberation of Europe as:

1. Construction of the Mulberry Harbors, two giant artificial harbors built in England and floated across the English Channel so that troops, vehicles, and supplies could be offloaded across the invasion beaches.

2. The Capture of Cherbourg, the nearest French port, against a labyrinth of Gennan pillboxes.

3. The American fight through the heavy bocage (hedgerow country) to take the vital town of Saint-Lô.

4. The British-Canadian struggle for the city of Caen against the “Hitler Youth Division,” made up of 23,000 seventeen- and eighteen-year-old Nazi fanatics.

5. The breakout of General Patton’s Third Army and the desperate US 30th Division’s defense of Mortaine.

6. The Falaise Pocket, known as the “Killing Ground, ” where the remnants of two German armies were trapped and bombed and shelled into submission. The slaughter was so great that 5,000 Germans were buried in one mass grave.

7. The Liberation of Paris, led by the 2nd Free French Armored Division, which had been fighting for four long years with this goal in mind.


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