The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story book cover

The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story

Cara Robertson

Nonfiction, True Crime, History

The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history...Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties

Candice's picture

Who hasn't heard the sing-song rhyme that starts with "Lizzie Borden had an axe, gave her father forty whacks..." and assumed that her story was a simple one of a wayward and overly angry daughter? Of course, there is always so much more that has gone on behind the scenes, and Cara Robertson's book takes a hard look at not only Lizzie's family dynamics, but also the social milieu of the time and the sensational reporting and treatment of the case that overshadowed the truth. -Candice

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation book cover

War of two : Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the duel that stunned the nation

John Sedgwick

973.4 /Sedgwick
Nonfiction, History

Examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, whose infamous duel left the Founding Father dead and turned a sitting vice-president into a fugitive.

Anne M's picture

In exploring his family's history, author John Sedgwick was shown the last letter Alexander Hamilton ever wrote--to Theodore Sedgwick--his great, great, great (plus more) grandfather, former Speaker of the House and Massachusetts senator. It was written on the eve of the famous duel. The author wanted to explore his ancestor's relationships with both Burr and with Hamilton and why Hamilton would write Sedgwick at that particular time. What the book ended up being is an exploration of two people--Burr and Hamilton--their ambitions, the way those ambitions manifested themselves, and how the feud between the two started. It is a good, accessible read. If you want to know more about these two figures without picking up the Chernow tome, this is your book. -Anne M

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland book cover

The day the world came to town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Jim DeFede

971.804 /DeFede

After thirty-eight jetliners were rerouted to Newfoundland on September 11, 2001 because the United States' airspace was closing, the townspeople of Gander came to the aid of six thousand travelers, offering food, lodging, and other comforts.

Heidi L's picture

I checked this out because I noticed that our patrons kept putting holds on it, despite it being an older title (published in 2002). And now I understand why it's been so popular. If you lived through the events of September 11, 2001, this story provides another perspective on that horrific day. The residents of Gander, Newfoundland embraced (figuratively and sometimes literally) the more than 6,000 air passengers that were diverted to their small town when the United States closed its airspace. The book follows the stories of several of the passengers, one of the airline pilots, and several Gander citizens who helped. You will learn a little bit about air traffic control, the pets who were on those planes, and how many small acts of kindness can have a tremendous impact. -Heidi L

Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood book cover

Seduction : sex, lies, and stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood

Karina Longworth

791.43 /Longworth
Nonfiction, Biographies, History

An exploration of "Hollywood's glamorous golden age via the cinematic life of Howard Hughes and the women who encountered him--sometimes at the expense of their minds and souls"--Dust jacket flap.

Anne M's picture

If you are a fan of Karina Longworth's "You Must Remember This" podcast, this is the book for you. Longworth sorta, kinda started this book through her podcast--some of her earlier episodes make up the chapters describing Hughes' time in the 1930's. But this is a much deeper dive. So much so, that I think I now know too much about Howard Hughes' love life. -Anne M

Fear : Trump in the White House book cover

Fear : Trump in the White House

Bob Woodward

973.933 /Woodward
History, Nonfiction

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office.

Maeve's picture

This best selling work by noted author Bob Woodward does not disappoint. It isn't an easy read as he details the first years of the Trump presidency, in fact an almost day-to-day reckoning of the Trump White House and the various staff who are hired, fired or quit. I think it is one of the most important works to be published on the 45th president of the United States. Add it to your must read list. -Maeve

Rome : a history in seven sackings book cover

Rome : a history in seven sackings

Matthew Kneale

945.632 /Kneale
History, Nonfiction

"[This book] tells the story of the Eternal City--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two--through pivotal moments that defined its history"--Amazon.com.

Candice's picture

Some may feel that there is an overabundance of books on the history of Rome--what more could there be to say?? I think it's a given; in a city where the physical layers of over two millennia still exist, not to mention the cultural heritage and legacy, it's tempting to try and interpret that history in various ways. It's endlessly fascinating. In this case, Kneale looks at seven pivotal attacks on the city, and how they transformed it. So, not necessarily the story of the always-conquering, expanding, empire-creating Rome, but instead. those who tried (and succeeded, at times) to subdue it. -Candice

Destiny of the Republic : a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president book cover

Destiny of the Republic : a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president

Candice Millard

973.84 /Millard
Nonfiction, History

A narrative account of the twentieth president's political career offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

Jason's picture

Highly readable history covering the political life, assassination attempt, and subsequent slow death of President James A. Garfield. Multiple story lines follow the mental health of the assassin, the various medical blunders that hasten Garfield's decline, and Alexander Graham Bell's attempt to create a device to detect the bullet buried in Garfield's body. -Jason

Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War book cover

Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott

COMPACT DISC 973.708 Abbott
Nonfiction, History

"The never-before-told story of four real-life women who risked everything to take on a life of espionage during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.

Morgan's picture

This was a great listen on my recent road trip, combining my interest in strong women with my husband's interest in the Civil War. Karen White did a fantastic job bringing individuality to the voices of Union and Confederate female spies. Emma Thompson's story was my favorite, but all four women were interesting, larger than life characters. -Morgan

Lifting as they climbed : mapping a history of black women on Chicago's south side : a self-guided tour book cover

Lifting as they climbed : mapping a history of black women on Chicago's south side : a self-guided tour

Mariame Kaba

977.311 /Kaba

This publication features a number of Black women who contributed to the development of Chicago from the mid-19th century to today. It tells a story of Black women activists and artists who lived and worked on Chicago's South Side by taking readers on a tour of relevant landmarks and locations. The vast majority of women featured on this tour were active members of multiple organizations who pursued a broad range of issues. Others were artists (writers, painters, musicians, dancers) who both documented the conditions of Black people and shaped the culture of Chicago & the entire country. Chicago's Black women activists organized to make the city work better for themselves, their loved ones and communities. There are 33 main locations, mostly centered on the South Side of Chicago, featured in this guidebook. We've also included 10 additional sites of interest. --

Jason's picture

A self-guided walking tour of historical sites focused around the contributions made by Black women to the city of Chicago. Some great local history research went into this book! -Jason

Goosetown : a Bohemian & German neighborhood in Iowa City book cover

Goosetown : a Bohemian & German neighborhood in Iowa City

977.7655 /Goosetown
History, Nonfiction

Maeve's picture

Local author and historian Marybeth Slonneger and other Goosetown residents provide the background story to Iowa City's Goosetown neighborhood. Learn about the Bohemians and Germans who settled in north side of Iowa City and the many houses and building in the historically significant part of town. -Maeve