Traveling via Biography and Memoir | Wyatt's World

From the founding of our country to the forging of modern American life (with a side trip to the UK), these personal portraits provide a time-traveling tour through history.

From the founding of our country to the forging of modern American life (with a side trip to the UK), these personal portraits provide a time-traveling tour through history.

  • Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown (Farrar).
    Born in 1930, Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, hit her peak powers in the 1950s, embodying a certain slice of that era. Eschewing the typical biographical approach, Brown offers an addictive, bric-a-brac view of her life.
  • Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero by Christian Di Spigna (Crown).
    Set during the march toward Bunker Hill and the battles that helped shape the nation, Di Spigna captures both the Revolutionary period and the life of Joseph Warren (1741–75), a little-known physician who died just as his cause ignited.
  • Henry Clay: The Man Who Would Be President by James C. Klotter (Oxford Univ.).
    Decades after the American Revolution, Henry Clay (1777–1852) dominated politics for some 20 years, serving as Speaker of the House, Kentucky Senator, and Secretary of State. Klotter provides an in depth portrait of his reign and age.
  • Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad with Lori Tharps (Hachette).
    Muhammad is the first Muslim woman to win a U.S. medal at the Olympics. This memoir details her rise in fencing and her life in contemporary America.
  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O'Brien (Houghton Harcourt).
    Leaping back in time to the 1920s and 1930s, O'Brien provides a compulsive, thrilling, collective account of five women who were pioneers in their own sport—airplane racing.
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Neal Wyatt

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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