Good Reads - Nonfiction
Nonfiction Staff Favorites - Part Two, 2008
Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself
in Books by Maureen Corrigan - 2005
NPR's Maureen Corrigan is both a book critic and
a bookworm. She reads for a living and lives for reading.
This book traces the roots of her yearning to read, which
were planted in her Queens, New York, girlhood when books
offered the shy Maureen companionship and escape. The memoir
also explores her adult life as wife, teacher, feminist
and adoptive mother, and shares her enthusiasm for works
by her favorite contemporary and classical authors.
Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures
of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson - 2006
There was a time when obituary writing was the bottom-rung
step to a career in journalism. But today a new breed of
specialized wordsmiths makes its livelihood honoring both
celebrated and simple folk in these "first drafts
of history" that we read over our morning coffee.
Johnson's near-obsession with the subject mixes with
a measured amount of levity as she explores the modern
art of remembering the dead.
from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper - 2006
Hurricane Katrina is the news story that made CNN reporter
Anderson Cooper a media celebrity, but he has long been
in the public eye covering cataclysmic events in Bosnia,
Somalia, Iraq, Africa and Sri Lanka. In this behind-the-scenes
professional memoir he also shares personal stories of
his life as the son of Wyatt and Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper,
and reflects on both public and private tragedies that
have affected his world view.
Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures
among the Absurdly Famous by Jancee Dunn - 2006
Dunn's breezy memoir describes her transformation
from a twenty-something homebody to a hip writer for Rolling
Stone. Vignettes from her 1980s New Jersey girlhood mix
with anecdotes from the world of celebrity journalism.
She shares humorous encounters with everyone from Loretta
Lynn and Dolly Parton to U2 and Madonna, and details her
own flirtation with celebrity as a VJ for MTV2. Recommended
for the star-struck or anyone who likes to laugh out loud.
Life with the Saints by James Martin, S.J. - 2006
Martin was a GE executive and, at times, a lukewarm Catholic
until he was guided by the writings of Thomas Merton to
become a Jesuit priest. In this conversational and witty
memoir he writes about a handful of down-to-earth saints
whom he considers his spiritual companions. He intertwines
stories about his own life with lively bios of the saintly
and describes the encouragement and comfort they provide
the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith by Martha Nibley Beck - 2005
Beck's face-to-face confrontation with her abusive
father was the catalyst for a lifetime of flashbacks and
a rush of repressed memories. In this compelling self-exploration,
she bravely searches for truth: the truth about her past,
her Mormon faith, and her fragile family relationships.
But she also searches for Truth with a capital "T," the
Truth of It All, an understanding of the human and the
Divine. Her powerful spiritual journey is detailed with
honesty and humor.
Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by
Chuck Klosterman - 2003
Gen-Xer Klosterman, a senior writer for Spin, presents
a droll collection of 18 essays that deliver keen observations
on pop culture. He shares his take on the Sims video game,
reality TV, rampant consumerism, and how we are all "doomed
to measure our relationships against the prospect of fake
love" as portrayed by John Cusack at the Cineplex.
The underlying thread of these pieces is the power of the
media to manipulate society.
Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and
Back by Karyn Bosnak - 2003
As a transplanted Chicagoan embarking on a broadcasting
career in New York, Karyn developed a taste for Gucci shoes,
Fendi bags and indulgent personal services. She plunged
herself into $20,000 debt in one year and then lost her
job. Her brazen solution was to launch a website called
savekaryn.com and become an Internet panhandler. Her witty
retelling of her journey to debt and back is told with
self-deprecating humor and chutzpah.
Fool's Gold: A Story of Ancient Spanish Treasure,
Two Pounds of Pot, and the Young Lawyer Almost Left Holding
the Bag by William E. Merritt - 2006
When attorney Thaddeus Silk died unexpectedly, his young
associate was left with a lot of questions, a handful of
loopy clients, and the county sheriff breathing down his
neck. It seems Silk may have been involved in a scheme
to fence a hoard of gold dug up on the Oregon coast. And
his newest client, aging pothead Abby Birdsong, was busted
for stashing four tons of Jamaican weed in a local storage
locker. This is a mostly true comic caper that reads like
Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who
Dared to See by Robert Kurson - 2007
Mike May, blind since age 3, hesitated to accept cutting-edge
surgery that might help him to see. Because his mother
raised him to forge ahead fearlessly, he had experienced
more of life than many sighted people. The surgery was
fraught with risk, and he was not sure vision would improve
the quality of his satisfying life. Kurson deftly tells
the eye-opening story of a curious man who made the choice
he had always made: to take a chance and begin a new adventure.
And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer by Ann Rule - 1999
Anne Marie Fahey's family and friends did not realize
that the smiling-but-insecure young woman was embroiled
in an affair with a married attorney17 years her senior.
She was the secretary to Delaware's governor, and
her lover was well connected in Wilmington politics. When
she disappeared, it was not long before he became the prime
suspect in a brutal murder and cover-up. Masterful crime
writer Ann Rule portrays the victim sympathetically while
unraveling a cruel obsession and its consequences.
of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice
Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting
Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein - 2004
In the opening days of post-Communist Eastern Europe, Transylvanian
refugee Attila Ambrus became Hungary's most notorious
gentleman bandit. Having failed at a string of jobs, including
third-string goalie and Zamboni driver for a professional
hockey team, Ambrus became something of a folk hero to
disillusioned Hungarians for his mannerly ways, and for
only helping himself to cash at government-run establishments.
This high-energy retelling of Attila's escapades
is enriched by a cast of outrageous and amusing supporting
the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder,
and the New Madrid Earthquakes by Jay Feldman - 2005
The residents of New Madrid, Missouri, were violently rocked
awake in the early hours of December 16, 1811. A powerful
earthquake had struck the region, causing church bells
to ring as far away as Boston. Two more magnitude 8 earthquakes
and thousands of after-shocks would follow that winter.
Feldman's re-creation of these events is mingled
with frontier stories of a slave murder, an historic steamboat
voyage, and the brutal Indian wars of the era.
with Noah: Stories from the World of Zoos by Jeffrey
P. Bonner - 2006
Bonner, anthropologist and president of the St. Louis Zoo,
unveils the mysteries of zoos and zookeepers. Beyond telling
lively and entertaining stories about the animal population,
the author highlights the mission of modern zoos "to
save wild things in wild places." Since one vertebrate
species disappears from the Earth everyday, this highly
readable book telescopes why wildlife conservation is an
urgent concern for each of us.
Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us by Martha Stout - 2004
They may sometimes seem to be callous or manipulative.
Or perhaps they exhibit unethical tendencies, without a
sense of remorse. People we meet who fit this profile can
confuse the rest of us because, despite these deficiencies,
they have often developed a deceptive charm and display
a pretense of emotions that they don't really feel.
Stout, a clinical psychologist in private practice, examines
the sociopaths among us, and warns that they are much more
common than we think.
$64 Tomato by William Alexander - 2006
When the author bought a large tract of land in New York's
Hudson Valley, he exuberantly pursued his long-time quest
for a perfect garden. He popped for terraced landscaping,
electrified fences and pricey pesticides. His progress
was stifled by a variety of impedi-ments, including critters
that invited themselves for lunch. After a cost-benefit
analysis, Alexander realized that each succulent homegrown
tomato plucked from his garden extracted an exorbitant
Weather by Bob Tarte - 2007
In this hilarious follow-up to Enslaved
by Ducks author
Bob Tarte continues his story of living in rural western
Michigan with his wife Linda, three parrots, eighteen ducks,
six geese, two parakeets, one cockatiel, two doves, three
cats, nine hens, and one turkey. Tarte deals not only with
caring for his chaotic menagerie, but also with his elderly
mother's decline into dementia and the demands of
uninvited guests and weird acquaintances. Readers who enjoy
animal stories or memoirs will enjoy this book.
Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery - 2006
Naturalist Sy Montgomery's affinity for animals was
no secret, so she got the call when there was a runt pig
that needed adopting. Sickly and small enough to fit in
a shoebox, he was christened Christopher Hogwood in honor
of the famed British orchestra conductor. Chris, who thrived
and became a cherished pet and a porcine pal to his New
Hampshire neighbors, taught Montgomery that "a great
soul can appear among us at any time, in the form of any
and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen:
How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job and
Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living by Julie Powell - 2005
With her professional life in the doldrums, Powell challenged
herself to prepare all of the recipes in Julia Child's
the Art of French Cooking in one year. She set
up a blog announcing her intention, and kept her "bleaders" (blog
readers) posted on her culinary triumphs and tragedies.
The book recalls each step of her adventure with brio (and
some salty language) and touches on the personal lives
of both women.
Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber - 2005
Abu-Jaber unveils her bicultural life with her Jordanian
father and American mother. Her restless dad moved them
back to his homeland, where they struggled to fit into
life with his extended Bedouin family. Returning to America,
they still strained to fit into the middle-class suburban
mold. One constant in the home was the rich cultural heritage
passed down through her father's tantalizing cooking
and intriguing stories. This graceful memoir of family
and acceptance is by turns exotic and universal.
You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again: The True Adventures
of a Hollywood Nanny by Suzanne Hansen - 2005
Perhaps inspired by the popularity of the novel The
Nanny Diaries, Hansen has penned her sometimes-funny but not-so-warm
memories of caring for the children of Hollywood hotshot
Michael Ovitz in the 1980s. Although she fled from that
unhappy situation after six months, she went on to work
more congenially for Debra Winger and Danny DeVito. This
inside peek at the parenting styles of the rich and famous
is a quick read, told with flair.
and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship by Dave Kindred - 2006
Three years out of college, Kindred was a sports writer
for Muhammad Ali's hometown newspaper. He developed
a rapport with the champ, and later with brash sports announcer
Howard Cosell. This gave the young writer a ringside view
of the unlikely pair's public sparring relationship
and sprawling egos. In these pages, the synergy between
two flamboyant legends who amused a nation and enlivened
television sports broadcasting is respectfully and touchingly
Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything
across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert - 2006
Following a stressful divorce, Gilbert embarked on a year-long
escape to seek balance in her life. She began in Italy,
exploring gustatory pleasure in a culture that she loved.
She then traveled to an ashram in India searching for self-knowledge
and faith. The final leg of her journey brought her to
a Balinese medicine man, hoping he could help her mesh
matters of body and soul. Her spiritual openness eventually
helped unlock her heart to love and happy endings.
the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick - 2000
In 1819 a crew of 20 men set out on a routine two-year
whaling voyage, but not all of them would return. Rammed
by a colossal sperm whale, the Essex was splintered and
her crew left to flounder in small boats with few rations
and the prospect of death never far from their minds. Philbrick
chillingly retells the physical and psychological drama
of the 93-day ordeal that inspired Herman Melville's
Affair with Africa: Expeditions and Adventures across a
Continent by Alzada Carlisle Kistner - 1998
In 1960 Kistner moved to the Belgian Congo with her entomologist
husband during the last throes of the British colonial
era. In the next thirteen years, research would take them
to eleven African countries, providing them a venturesome
lifestyle where there was rarely "a night without
roaring, snuffling, chomping and bashing." This is
a well-paced look at their family life, their research
with beetles, termites, and ants, and their chance meetings
with important political figures.
Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family by Mike Leonard - 2006
Like most American families, Mike Leonard's can be
both funny and infuriating. When the Today show correspondent
took a sabbatical to plan a month-long trip with three
generations of Leonards, he aptly christened their caravan
the "S.S. Fiasco." Plenty was bound to go wrong,
and did—almost immediately. But their cross-country
adventure helped them to rediscover the sites of their
lives and to reconnect in both silly and significant ways.
Corners: One Woman's Solo Journey into the Heart
of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak - 2001
"The only rule I try to follow religiously in life is not
to listen to most people." Armed with this
daredevil philosophy, 24-year-old Salak defied convention
out to follow in the harrowing footsteps of British explorer
Ivan Champion across remote Papua New Guinea. Readers who
share her wanderlust and hunger for adventure will enjoy
joining Salak as she explores dangerous locales, as well
as her own inner demons.
Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones,
Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin by Judith Flanders - 2005
Four daughters of a Methodist minister in Victorian England
with "little prestige and less money," the
Macdonald sisters had few prospects for social advancement.
Yet each married and became the wife or mother of a famous
man (including Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and poet
Rudyard Kipling). Flanders offers perceptive views on family
life in that era and the reflected glory that the rigidity
of their prescribed roles offered them.
and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham - 2003
Two men with towering personalities formed an unprecedented
political coalition during World War II to defeat the Axis
and save the world. The alliance of Franklin Roosevelt
and Winston Churchill was based on a shared Anglo-American
world view, but was sustained by respect and a multi-layered
friendship. Meacham scoured letters and diaries and interviewed
surviving staffers to bring a fresh perspective to the
most important partnership of the 20th century.
Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked
Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries
of World War II by Robert Kurson - 2004
In 1991 John Chatterton and Bill Nagel stumbled upon the
wreck of a WWII German submarine off the coast of New Jersey.
Kurson skillfully recounts the seven-year quest to identify
the U-boat and explain how it ended up in U.S. waters.
Along the way the reader gets a glimpse of the dangers
of deep-sea wreck diving, as well as insight into the German
Command's desperation during the final year of WWII.
Great Shame: And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking
World by Thomas Keneally - 1998
The Irish people spent much of their history under the
yoke of English oppression. In the 19th century, many political
rebels were regarded as criminals and exiled to penal colonies
in Australia. When the potato blight of 1845 struck, governmental
mishandling and apathy aggravated the famine and triggered
mass emigration. Keneally molds the Irish diaspora into
a sweeping narrative of survival and triumph, and puts
a human face on history.
Khan and the Making of the Modern World by J. McIver
Weatherford - 2004
Forget what you think you know about Genghis Khan and his
offspring as ruthless, marauding barbarians. Weatherford's
portrayal of the charismatic Khan amends the record to
show a successful military leader who encouraged free trade,
facilitated East-West communication and granted unprecedented
religious freedom to his subjects. The book blends anthropological
insight with historical narrative for a revisionist look
at the Mongol Empire.
Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote - 1958–1974
This stirring three-volume epic history of the Civil War
was nearly twenty years in the making. It went unnoticed
by many until novelist and historian Shelby Foote displayed
his Mississippi manners and calm authority on Ken Burns's
PBS documentary on the war in 1990. The monumental work,
told in vivid and flowing style, presents lively portraits
of the participants, and details each battle and campaign
of the event that Foote believes defined our national character.
Every Nation Know: John F. Kennedy in His Own Words by Robert Dallek - 2006
Senator Edward Kennedy has said that this is "perhaps
the best of all the books on JFK." Dallek and his
co-author Terry Golway have collected 32 examples of President
Kennedy's speeches, debates and press conferences
on a CD and paired each with their expert analysis of Kennedy's
political realities. The result is an historical biography
that shines with the subject's own language and style,
and puts his presidency and its turbulent times into context
Banter: Weekly Excursions to a Very Small Town by
Christopher A. Bohjalian - 2003
When newspaper columnist Bohjalian and his wife moved from
a co-op in Brooklyn to a 100-year-old house in Lincoln,
Vermont (population 975), he began chronicling life in
a quaint New England town for his weekly readers. In this
collection of those writings, we get to know the people
of Lincoln and the joys of rural living, as well as the
cultural change occurring in this most idyllic of places.
Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment
Building by Michael Gross 2005
"The rich are not like you and I," opined F. Scott
Fitzgerald in the 1920s, just before the famous edifice
of the title was built. This look at the denizens of one
of Manhattan's most moneyed addresses removes any
lingering doubt. One of the building's developers
was Jackie O's grandfather, and the parade of elite
and powerful residents has continued unabated for over
75 years. The author's telling-tales-out-of-school
style enlivens this peek at privilege.
The Fire That Changed America by Dave Von Drehle - 2003
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist
Factory in New York City. In minutes, the 9th floor was
completely engulfed and 146 immigrant workers, mostly young
women, were dead, trapped behind exit doors that were locked
to prevent theft. In retelling that story, this book also
traces the struggle immigrants faced trying to build a
life in a new land amid a business and political climate
where human lives were expendable.
You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from
Small-Town Alaska by Heather Lende - 2005
A cross between Northern Exposure and A Prairie Home Companion,
this charming chronicle unfolds in chapters reporting on
births, funerals, and weddings in a frozen but breathtaking
corner of the world where everyone is connected to each
other and to the land. Lende is a newspaper reporter and
obituary writer in Haines, Alaska, who affectionately introduces
us to the colorful characters who seem to thrive on small
Biography BRYSON, B.
Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by
Bill Bryson - 2006
"I can't imagine there has ever been a more gratifying
time or place to be alive than America in the 1950s." So
begins Bryson's comic and endearing look at his Iowa
boyhood, making clear from the start that the time and
place are subjects of the story as much as he is. This
is an effortless and fun read for baby boomers with Midwest
roots, but Bryson's wry style is also sure to charm
those who are looking at the era with fresh eyes.
Biography DAVIS, B.
Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, a Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler - 2006
Although she told her biographer that she had "never
been the kiss-and-yell type," Bette Davis sat down
with Chandler shortly before the star's death in
1989 and divulged her forthright feelings about her professional
and personal relationships, including her four marriages.
She reveals painful memories of a father she could not
please and a daughter whose tell-all book caused a family
rift. Her blatant opinions and dramatic storytelling style
shine through in every chapter.
Diana by Sarah Bradford - 2006
This new take on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales,
details a shy teenager's rise to status of charismatic
icon. That her life teetered from fairy tale to soap opera
and ended tragically ensures her legacy. Bradford, an
experienced celebrity biographer, believes that "For
the Royal Family, its recent history could be seen as pre-Diana
and post-Diana, such was the impact this young woman had
upon the ancient institution and the people's attitudes
Biography DIRDA, M.
Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland by Michael
Dirda - 2003
Growing up as a "four-eyed, pasty-faced bookworm" in
Lorain, Ohio, the author felt his blue-collar father's
disapproval. But his early and ardent love of books foreshadowed
his current position as Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of
the Washington Post Book World. This wistful literary memoir
divulges the writers and fictional characters that fired
Dirda's youthful imagination and captures the reasons
that books matter.
Biography GABLE, C.
Gable: A Biography by Warren G. Harris - 2002
When Hollywood was a dream factory and image was king,
Clark Gable was idealized by movie-goers of both genders.
He was romanticized as Rhett Butler, and as half of the
love-match of Lombard and Gable. Harris's crisp and
evenhanded biography reveals Gable's feet of clay,
examining his relationships with studio moguls, his box
office costars, and a revolving-door stable of starlets.
Biography GARDNER, A.
Gardner: "Love Is Nothing" by Lee Server - 2006
Biographer Lee Server has brought to life the tumultuous
story of screen siren Ava Gardner who came to Hollywood
as an 18-year-old country girl. Her love life was off and
running when she met one of MGM's hottest properties,
Mickey Rooney. After a marriage to him, and a second to
Artie Shaw, she met the central love in her life, Frank
Sinatra. Her unconstrained relationships and appetite for
life are only part of the nuances Ava Gardner portrayed
Biography GILMAN, S.J.
in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and
Clueless by Susan Jane Gilman - 2005
As a precocious four-year-old with dreams of being Batgirl
or receiving the Nobel Prize for coloring, Susan realized
that her family was not like everyone else's. Filled
with misgivings about her dashiki-wearing parents, she
struggled to define herself through a bumpy adolescence.
The entertaining book's final section finds her reconnecting
with her roots as a reporter for Jewish Week, and walking
down the aisle in a frothy dress that betrays her feminist
Biography HICKAM, H.
Boys: A Memoir by Homer H. Hickam - 1998
In Coalwood, West Virginia, where Sonny Hickam's
father was the mine superintendent, the launch of Sputnik
in 1957 inspired the local boys to build rockets. They
formed the Big Creek Missile Agency and experimented fervently,
but with mixed success. Sonny became obsessed with his
quest, knowing that achievement would be his ticket out
of Coalwood. This engaging story will strike a chord with
anyone who remembers the youthful thrill of aiming for
Biography JEFFERSON, T.
Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph
J. Ellis - 1996
Jefferson's lofty ideals on personal freedom and
individual rights have defined the thinking of many Americans.
He championed the separation of church and state and pursued
his vision of the expanding American frontier. Yet many
readers may not realize that he was a shy, sometimes aloof,
man who avoided public speaking and died nearly penniless.
Ellis offers an evenhanded look at the many contradictory
facets of this enigmatic founding father.
Biography KIMMEL, H.
Got Up Off the Couch: A Memoir by Haven Kimmel - 2006
In the spirit of A
Girl Named Zippy, the author's
humorous tale of her spunky 1970s childhood in tiny Mooreland,
Indiana, Kimmel's latest memoir focuses on her newly
spunky mother Delonda. After spending years languishing
on the couch in the den, she enrolled in nearby Ball State
University to pursue an English degree and a new life.
Readers will find themselves rooting for Delonda and hoping
for another sequel by Kimmel.
Biography LAUCK, J.
A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck - 2000
Unlike most childhood memoirs, this evocative story is
not told through the filter of adulthood, but rather from
the child's six-year-old viewpoint. After her loving-but-sickly
mother relapsed into a mysterious illness, Jennifer and
her brother endured a series of tragedies and cruelties
that left them, five years later, on the brink of homelessness.
The vulnerability and perception that shine through this
riveting tale of loss contribute to a survivor's
story worth reading.
Biography PERRY, M.
A Love Story by Michael Perry - 2006
Truck: A Love Story is a good-natured book about the author's
sentiments for his 1951 International Harvester pick-up
truck that he pines to restore before the November deer
hunting season. But it is also about his love of nature,
of small towns and small pleasures. And just when the 38-year-old
bachelor thinks he is content with this rhythm of life,
he meets Anneliese, a kindred soul. As Perry's truck
is fine-tuned and reconstructed gear by gear, so is his
Biography WALLS, J.
Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls - 2005
The year there was no money for Christmas presents, the
author's dad let each of his four children pick a
star out of the night sky. The siblings were raised on
the margins of society by eccentric, often neglectful,
parents. As a survival technique, the Walls adopted the
notion that each deprivation that befell them was an adventure.
Jeannette navigated chaos and heartbreak, somehow arriving
at adulthood with unconditional love for her dysfunctional
Biography WASHINGTON, G.
Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis - 2004
"The Foundingest Father of them all." That's
how Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ellis describes the man
that has become a somewhat wooden symbol to most Americans.
As the military leader of the Revolutionary War, he was
the unanimous choice as the nation's first president,
and probably the only man capable of leading the states
through their regional differences "in order to form
a more perfect union." Ellis convincingly softens
the iconic image of a leader called upon by destiny.
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Heather Booth, Sarah Crosman, Debbie Deady, Sheila Guenzer,
Hankiewicz, Sue Hanson, Abbey Holt, Annie Jagielski, Marty
Krause, Karen Neal, Sue O'Brien, Vern Papacek, Chris
Portman, Barb Powell, Bonnie Reid, Nicole S., Lori Sennebogen,
Pam Strom, Gloria Walsh-Rock, Terri Williams, and Carole
Zoeller, March 2008