Books to Celebrate Independence
As an independent bookshop, we are always excited to celebrate independence. This July 4th, we celebrate our nation's independence. I think it's a good time to reflect on what it means to be a good citizen of our country. It is also a good time to share stories of people who have worked hard for our country with our children.
Without getting on my personal soapbox (well, maybe just one foot), I am a first generation American. My father's family immigrated here looking for a better life. They came in 1930, when jobs were scarce. But still they came, and I think they made Texas a better place. They became American citizens when they could. And they never took the liberties afforded them and their descendants lightly. I do not take my citizenship lightly. So let's celebrate and make our work count.
Below are a few of the books I've been thinking about this week. If you happen to pick one up, I'd love to hear what you think.
Wishing you a happy and safe 4th,
It’s fun to be smart with Brain Quest card decks, packed with curriculum-based questions.
A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends.
Pie is for sharing.
It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time?
"A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best." – Entertainment Weekly
If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty.
Have you seen her?
She's in New York.
She's holding a torch.
And she's in mid-stride, moving forward.
From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone.
From the author of the acclaimed history The Island at the Center of the World, an intimate new epic of the American Revolution that reinforces its meaning for today.
Russell Shorto’s work has been praised as “first-rate intellectual history” (Wall Street Journal), “literary alchemy” (Chicago Tribune) and simply “astonishing” (New York Times).
"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader"--Hillary Rodham Clinton
Soon to Be a Major Television Event
The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.