History

The Brewer's Tale: A History of the World According to Beer by William Bostwick

William Bostwick’s compulsively readable book takes us through the history of western civilization through the lens of beer and its brewers. He keeps the focus on the human side of beer, with complete reverence for the process and creative mind behind the beverage. Each section looks at a historical period through a specific type - from saisons, to abbey ales, to IPAs - by examining the social, economic, and political factors that brought about the new brew.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

This is the story of Tsar Nicolas II of Russia, the wealthiest monarch in the world, who ruled over 130 million people. It’s also the story of his powerful wife, their friend Rasputin, and their five children. Included throughout are pictures and diary entries from the family, as well as from the peasants who were struggling to survive. Miss Kelly says. “This is a fascinating history of Imperial Russia, for people who normally would not read a history book.

Under the Egg by Laura Marz Fitzgerald

Theodora Tenpenny’s grandfather Jack was an artist, as well as a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upon his death he whispers to Theo to “look under the egg” where he promises she will find a letter and a treasure. The “egg” he mentioned is a painting that he made, which has hung over the fireplace for as long as Theo can remember. Taking the painting down, Theo accidently spills alcohol on it and exposes another painting underneath.

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley at 100 by George Will

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist & lifelong Cubs fan George Will celebrates Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday with this wonderful collection of stories, anecdotes and statistics. If you are a Cubs fan, you will enjoy Will’s passion for the Cubs, despite their rocky history. And if you are a Sox fan, you will read about the blown leads and numerous losing seasons with a sense of schadenfreude.

Queen of the Air by Dean Jensen

Lillian Leitzel and Alfredo Codona were famed circus artists and the biggest stars of the Ringling Brothers Circus in the 1920’s.  It was the heyday of the big top when circus performers were celebrities and household names.  Leitzel, born to a circus family, became a famous acrobat known for her open-air one arm rope trick.  Codona fell for her at 16 when he was just a circus extra and she a rising star.  When they married twenty years later he had become an accomplished trapeze artist, the first to master the triple somersault.  The marriage was tempestuous

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