What's better than history? Endless lessons to learn from, amazing descriptions of gorgeous old-timey clothes and disgusting old medical practices, and a fount of fascinating factoids to pull out and impress your friends!
Just seventy-five years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: it rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years. Uprooted takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. (Amazon)
On June 28, 1969, when police arrived at the Stonewall Inn to make arrests, people—drag queens, lesbians, and gay men—fought back, instead of filing quietly into police wagons. Bausum paints a vivid picture of the three nights of rioting that became the focal point for activists, some of whom had been fighting for gay and lesbian rights in a quieter way and others who found themselves suddenly drawn to the struggle. (SLJ)
Half of the people who have EVER lived have died of tuberculosis. What. After centuries of ineffective treatments, the microorganism that causes TB was identified and the cure was thought to be within reach—but drug-resistant varieties continue to plague and panic the human race. The "biography" of this deadly germ and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative. (Amazon)