A Home-Concealed Woman: The Diaries of Magnolia Wynn Le Guin, 1901-1913

“A Home-Concealed Woman” The Diaries of Magnolia Wynn LeGuin by Charles A. LeGuin is set in Georgia. This was my cousin Molly’s Grandmother Liggin’s aunt and happened in early 1900’s. You might find it interesting because it’s an account of day-to-day life; raising children, taking care of elderly parents in her home, having visitors to cook for and stay over-night, trials and tribulations of a wife/mother/daughter trying to do what is expected of her but wishing she could change some things. (She had a baby every two years and suffered from some kind of female health problem which made childbirth torture)……she did have a few more advantages than the poorest of the poor. She had one of the first telephones and her husband was employed at his mill.

This happened in the early 1900’s.





The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

Olive Oatman was a 14 year old (some say 13) traveling west in 1851 when Southwest Indians attacked her family’s wagon train in Arizona (then Mexico), capturing Olive and her seven-year-old sister Mary Ann. The rest of the Oatman family except her brother, Lorenze, was killed in the massacre. He was left for dead near Gila Bend and managed to return to the remainder of the party the Oatmans had left behind in Maricopa Wells.

The girls lived with their captors for a year, then were traded to the Mohave, who raised them. Mary Ann died, and Olive was ransomed back to the whites in 1856, wearing a blue chin tattoo. She became a celebrity in her day, embarking on a lecture tour promoting a book that Re. Royal R. Stratton wrote about her ordeal, The Captivity of the Oatman Girls. Newly published, The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, is the first scholarly biography of Olive Oatman. It debunks a number of myths that have circulated about her over the past century and a half.





Neither Fear Nor Favor: Deputy United States Marshal John Tom Sisemore

This is a true story about Deputy U.S. Marshal John Tom Sismore in the Western District of Louisiana. He was considered one of the best deputies during the 1890’s. The author did a great in researching the deputy from old newspapers and court documents. He also interviewed descendants of Sismore.

This is a very good written book about a very interesting man. The author did a great job writing this book.

Becoming: Michelle Obama

Becoming

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Michelle Obama has written her memoirs about her life and her time as First Lady.  She covers her life from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years in the White House. She also relates the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

If you are a fan of Michelle Obama you will want to have this book.

Racing to the Finish: My Story

Racing to the Finish

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You don’t have to be NASCAR or Dale, Jr. fan to love this book. He tells his story so others can understand why he retired. He loved the sport but needed to retire after several concussions. He felt a need to bring awareness to head trauma so others can find help.  The book makes you really look back on your own life.

 

 

 

An Invisible Thread

An Invisible Thread

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An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

 

This is a book I read a few years ago that was absolutely one of the best I’ve ever read. From the first page to the last one. This is what I wrote while still reading it:

I’m about 70% into one of the best books I’ve ever read. “An invisible Thread: the true story of an 11 year old panhandler”

The author met him on the streets of New York when he asked her for some change. At first she ignored him and moved on a few yards…..then turned back and really looked at this little scraggly, malnourished boy…..then took him to McDonald’s to eat . So the story began.

This is a great book. I’m going to hate finishing it.

From Doris Kennedy

We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher

We Pointed Them North

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A unique book about life as a cowboy by someone who lived it. It covers the time of roughly 1871-1889. Everything is here: trail drives, roundups, horse thieves, cattle rustlers, saloons and women. This is a book for anyone who’s a fan of the American West and the true cowboy era. Much different from the movies and fictionalized versions we’ve come to know as the Old West.

Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

Prague Winter

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Prague Winter is a fascinating account of the political and social history of Czechoslakia in the late 1930s through till 1948; from the threat to the actuality of Nazi Germany’s invasion, the bitter struggles of Czech communities in exile as well as in their occupied homeland during the war and then the growing Communist ascendancy after it.

Her immediate family survived the war in London because her father, as a diplomat, was able to arrange the family’s safe exit before the German grip closed off escape. After the war he took the family back to their home country to be part of the new, democratic government of their homeland. As a committed liberal democrat, he grew to be in danger again as the pro-Soviet communists increasingly took over and the family emigrated this time to the United States.

 

 

American Entrepreneur: How 400 Years of Risk-Takers, Innovators, and Business Visionaries Built the U.S.A.

American Entrepreneur

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Available November 13, 2018

Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” is back with a new book highlighting the “incredible stories” of American entrepreneurship.

“The book is about entrepreneurs in America and their incredible stories,” the Duck Commander CEO said. “As an entrepreneur myself, and the son of a man who put everything he had on the line to follow his dream, I know first hand what it takes to start a successful business in America.”

The 46-year-old said he wanted to write about the topic to help answer readers’ questions about starting their own businesses.

“I wrote about those who braved the risks to pursue their passion, and to find out what we can learn from their stories,” the businessman explained. “How other people did it, what challenges they faced and why they didn’t give up are all questions that I wanted to answer.”

He said he hopes the book will inspire others to pursue their dreams of starting their own successful company.

“I hope readers will be inspired and encouraged by the amazing stories of people who overcame enormous hurdles and brought us many of the companies we know today,” he shared.

In addition to telling the story of how Willie’s father, Phil Robertson, turned his humble duck call manufacturing business into a multimillion dollar company, Robertson’s book explores the tales of entrepreneurship early on in American history.

“America was founded and built, in large part, by the courage, brains and sweat of entrepreneurs. George Washington and many of the Founders were entrepreneurs,” the father-of-six said. “Large and small, entrepreneurs, small businesses and mom-and-pop operations launched the colonial economies, forged America’s expansion westward, and laid the foundations for the cities, factories, farms, philanthropies, transportation and communications networks that powered the nation we live in today.”

 

 

Through My Father’s Eyes

Through My Father's Eyes

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Franklin Graham has written a very insightful book on the ministry and life of his father, Billy Graham.  It gives little tidbits of Billy Graham’s personal and professional life as well as background on both his and Franklin’s organizations, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

This book is filled with bible quotes to back up the truth about Christ and how the good word affected both the author and his father. It is a beautiful and loving tribute to both Billy Graham and Ruth Graham.