Prodigious is a word one can use when referring to Thomas Alva Edison.
Born in 1847, died in 1931, when, upon his passing in October, it was suggested by President Hoover that all should silence what they are doing at 10 pm. and turn out the lights. So all across the nation lights were shut off for one minute to honor a man who gave so much.
Patents for more than a 1,000 things; created more then 100 companies; and became obsessed with trying to create a plant that would grow in the United States that could produce rubber. ( Being friends with Henry Ford the idea of having to import rubber for tires was something that could make a difference in the price of the auto for everyone).
He spent most of his life deaf, which was a blessing because it provided a barrier between the noise of the world and his thoughts. So few distractions. And even with this ‘disability’ he went on to work on over 200 sound inventions.
Morris brings to light an extremely intense man who rarely made time for family, didn’t tolerate failure and said of himself that , “I never had an idea in my life”, and that “ I have no imagination”.
In this daring, pre world war II drama, Meg Waite Clayton, takes us on a journey, were woman from Denmark, England and Austria try to save as many children from Nazi Germany’s grip.
Truus Wijsmuller, known as Tante Truus, a member of the Dutch resistance, has the plan and determination to save as many children as she can, even as the free countries are closing their borders to the fleeing refuges of Nazi Germany.
Her plan includes speaking with Adolph Eichmann himself to procure the trains needed to transport the children. It’s 1936 and the winds of war are crying loudly on the Jews of Germany. The plan does not allow the families, moms or dads to join them, so it means taking the risk herself to safely transport them across German territory, thru the border control, and then into the hands of the agency’s that will provide new families and homes.
This gripping tale takes us into the personal lives of the people who ultimately risk their lives to harbor these unknown children, while they cross the German occupied land.
All he wanted to do was help his eldest child, his daughter. He had been a proud father of his first born heading to college. The future looked good for her.
Then you find out she’s addicted to drugs, with an unsavory boyfriend and isn’t interested in receiving help.
A chance encounter in Central Park has brought her back to you.
The yearnings of parental help goes awry. He is arrested for assault when he punches the boyfriend so he can try to help his daughter.
Then, days later, the boyfriend is found dead. His daughter has gone into hiding and the father has no choice but to go into her world of drug dens and dealers to try and find her and bring her back to the help he so desperately wants her to have.
Harlan Coben has written a compelling modern day drama with unforeseen twists that will leave you wondering why you haven’t read him before.
Jerome takes a different path.
Different folks collect various things. There are people who collect buttons, stuffed animals, baseball cards, even books.
But Jerome loves to collect words. What he does to find them and what happens to them makes this a lovely journey. Enjoy!
It’s a wonder we all don’t live with the same approach to life that Alexander Ilyich Rostov does in this rewarding read by Amor Towles.
Inspired to choose life when given the choice between death, because of crimes against Russian society, or live the remainder of his days at the Moscow Hotel Metropol, Rostov embarks on a decidedly rich life within the confines of those four walls.
Not allowed to return to his luxury suite, Rostov is relegated to the attic: a spare, musty, dusty, and confining room. As fate would allow, Rostov befriends a young girl who exposes a rich under belly within the hotel’s walls. Also, Rostov’s former title of Count lends him an air of sophistication that staff and friends alike respect and enjoy and go to great lengths to improve his plight with few luxuries.
Amor Towles has written a thorough, entertaining, and richly vivid portrayal of a man imprisoned in the Metropol yet lives with a joie de vivre despite his sentence.
Growing up in Siberia, wild, unforgiving, raw, Nina Markova dreams of flight and flying, and fleeing the life she has endured.
Ian Graham has fought in World War II, seen the Nuremburg Trials as a journalist and decided to stop writing and search for war criminals.
Jordan McBride is a post war teenager dreaming of being a photographer. Her fathers owns an antique store in Boston and has remarried. This new German bride is both welcomed and under Jordan’s microscope.
With an artful use of flashbacks, Kate Quinn reveals Nina Markova’s past, Ian Graham’s search and Jordan’s suspicions and revelations to bring us the uncovering of The Huntress - Kate Quinn’s novel propels us toward an exciting and unexpected end.
Ian Rankin brings his much loved character, John Rebus, back into action, even though he is retired, with his latest crime novel.
John Rebus, retired, is brought back for this murder mystery that has repercussions from a cold case Rebus and his colleagues where involved in.
Now ten years old, a case is revisited when a body is found in an abandoned car on a farm.
Siobhan Clarke, a Rebus protégé, heads the new investigation. She leans on Rebus for information that might have been left out of the case files, plus his relations with some of Edinburgh’s crime lords.
Revelations ensue both in the police forces investigation and the crime kingpins that were suspected but never proven guilty.
A close knit, fast paced. Gritty mystery rekindles a much loved character thought left out to pasture.
Her world is collapsing. Not because of knowledge of the Twin Towers coming down. No, Deja’s world has turned upside down by moving to a new apartment, a new neighborhood, a new school with new friends to make. The worst is her dad is sad, sick, withdrawn from her. A new school project setup to find out about the collapse of the Twin Towers brings light to the world in which Deja has left and the new one she has entered.
An engaging novel by the insightful author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Names were withheld in writing this story to protect the integrity of cats and the embarrassment of the owner. And said owner find five may not be the final step.
An informative and fascinating look at the art and history of falconry by one who has practiced it.
Fun, colorful illustrations introduce the reader to a variety of our feathered friends from morning until night.
A tennis rivalry that stretched decades. Fierce, competitive, tenacious. From two separate countries, free and communist. And within all that they became and remain close friends.
A concise and conscientious look at native (and some nonnative) plant species beneficial to bees, butterflies and pollinators. Hayes gives us lists for perennials,worthy weeds, and water tolerant plants. The book covers a rich selection of plants as well as habitat information. In worthy weeds list we have dandelion, great mullein, wild mustard and mentioning if you are concerned about there spreading she gives us a heads up on cutting that short. Blazing star, Globe thistle and Turtle-head give us some examples of perennials to encourage pollinators. The English and Latin names are given affording the gardener and garden center accurate information for acquiring the proper plant. Habitat housing and health are all covered to provide the bees a high degree of success. Along with the above, trees, herbs, and shrubs are included to add diversity for your landscape and a variety of food sources for the bees. Shelters, fun facts, dry sites of wet environments are covered. This is a thorough look at keeping the pollinator population happy and healthy.
The main plan for this book is discuss the aspects of the growing environment that exists in the Northeast. Soil, temperature, pests and diseases are a few of the topics met. Keys gives us a means to improve the soil condition with recommendations, and by providing a healthy soil ensures healthy plant life which will combat insects and diseases; and gives guiding steps to warding off animals that might otherwise eat the bounty we have worked hard to grow.There are useful lists to eliminate the invasive plant materials and some suggestions for replacement plants. Also, he touches on beneficial insects that will help keep order and health in the planted world. Keys gives us information on bee colony collapse disorder that is killing our honey bees and the chemicals pesticides have that cause the harm. To round it out he gives us a useful reading list for continued information gathering.