Summer Celebration!

This week our Summer of Reading selections focus on celebrating our nation’s birthday! Check out the reviews below and then check out the books at the AUM Library or your local public library or bookstore! Happy reading and Happy 4th of July!




The Declaration of Independence: The Story Behind America’s Founding Document and the Men who Created it By Rod Gragg




The fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence, the foundation of America’s freedom, created a nation and launched a freedom movement the world had never seen. Today it seems inevitable that the thirteen colonies would declare their independence from Britain. And yet in 1776 it was not so. Here is the extraordinary story of drama and daring, sacrifice and selflessness, danger and potential death. The signers concluded their work with a plea for Providential protection and a selfless vow to sacrifice “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Many of them did just that to create a country in which “all men are created equal, . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Source: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Declaration-of-Independence/Rod-Gragg/e/9781401602109/?itm=8




Ladies of Liberty: The Women who Shaped Our Nation By Cokie Roberts




In this eye-opening companion volume to her acclaimed history Founding Mothers, number-one New York Times bestselling author and renowned political commentator Cokie Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Recounted with insight and humor, and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources, many of them previously unpublished, here are the fascinating and inspiring true stories of first ladies and freethinkers, educators and explorers. Featuring an exceptional group of women—including Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Rebecca Gratz, Louise Livingston, Sacagawea, and others—Ladies of Liberty sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation, finally giving these extraordinary ladies the recognition they so greatly deserve.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Liberty-Women-Shaped-Nation/dp/006078234X




Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised Our Nation By Cokie Roberts




Focusing mainly on the wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers of the Founding Fathers, this lively and engaging title chronicles the adventures and contributions of numerous women of the era between 1740 and 1797. Roberts includes a surprising amount of original writings, but uses modern language and spellings to enable readers to enjoy fully the wit and wisdom of these remarkable individuals. While their men were away serving as soldiers, statesmen, or ambassadors, the women’s lives were fraught with difficulty and danger. They managed property, and raised their children and often those of deceased relatives, while trying to make their own contributions to the cause of liberty. They acted as spies, coordinated boycotts, and raised funds for the army. Through it all, they corresponded with their husbands, friends, and even like-minded women in England. Readers will enjoy seeing how many of these individuals showed their mettle when they were still in their teens. Black-and-white photographs of portraits, a small selection of recipes, and a cast of characters are included.–
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Founding-Mothers-Women-Raised-Nation/dp/006009026X




Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed The Declaration of Independence By Joseph D’Agnese & Denise Kiernan




Signing Their Lives Away — In July 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy the British and sign the most important document in the history of the United States-and yet how many of them do we actually remember? Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, criminals, and crackpots who were chosen to sign this historic document-and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some died from war-related injuries; others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers; a few rose to the highest levels of U.S. government (ten signers were later elected to Congress). George Wythe was murdered by his nephew; Button Gwinnet was killed in a duel; and of course Sam Adams went on to fame and fortune as a patriot/brewer. Complete with a reversible parchment jacket (offering a facsimile of the Declaration on the reverse), Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.
Source: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Signing-Their-Lives-Away/Joseph-DAgnese/e/9781594743306/?itm=2