There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
"The Surrendered" by Chang-Rae Lee. June Han has forged a successful life thousands of miles from her birthplace. But her past holds more secrets than she has ever been able to tell, and thirty years after her escape from war-ravaged Korea, the time has come for her to confront her past.
"Charles Dickens: A Life" by Claire Tomalin. This biography provides full measure to the iconic author’s heroic stature as a beloved author, revealing both his virtues as a writer and a human being, while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye.
"Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness" by Alexandra Fuller. The author examines the life of her mother, an extraordinary woman born to a Scottish highland warlike clan, and raised in Kenya’s equatorial belt. Nicola Fuller and her family endure the dramatic African continent and its unique challenges of war and hardship and tragedy, surviving to establish a home while holding on to her children, land and sanity.
"In My Time" by Dick Cheney. Cheney delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly forty years and share personal reflections on his role as one of the most steadfast and influential statesmen in the contemporary Republican Party.
"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson. Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues, Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur. Steve Jobs passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries including personal computing, movies, music, phones and digital publishing.
"Courage Beyond the Game" by Jim Dent. Freddie Steinmark was an undersized and scrappy young man who by every expectation would never be able to play college level football. But Freddie was a tenacious competitor who vowed to start every game as a varsity Texas Longhorn. He proved his metal, and became part of a national championship team, all the while playing through increasingly debilitating pain. After the short lived celebration, his next challenge surfaced... a diagnosis of advanced bone cancer. This is his inspiring story, a truly American tale of bravery in the face of the worst odds.
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.