Sick of reading fiction? Try one of our new biographies! There are dozens upon dozens of interesting biographies that have just come out for readers of all ages.
As mentioned in an article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (the article can be found online at (http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/42353342.html), there are two biographies written for children that are beginning to create quite a stir.
The first biography is called Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport. The biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, the most socially and politically active - and controversial - First Lady America had ever seen. Ambassador, activist, and champion of civil rights, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the soul of America forever. It even includes selected quotes from Eleanor's own writings.
The second biography is called Gertrude Is Gertrude is Gertrude, written by Jonah Winter. In a story inspired by the modern and groundbreaking writing of Gertrude Stein herself, not a lot makes sense. This book always the reader to enter the whimsical world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.
Now for the adults! Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World, edited by Eric Foner, is a great new biography on Lincoln. The contributors to Our Lincoln show that it is possible, even now, to shed new light on Abraham Lincoln, the most-studied figure in American history. They demonstrate that each generation finds its own Lincoln, and that two centuries after his birth, Lincoln still matters in our politics and society.
Somewhere Towards the End, by Diana Athill, is another great read for adults. As a writer, Diana Athill has made her reputation for the frankness and precisely expressed wisdom of her memoirs. Now in her ninety-first year, "entirely untamed about both old and new conventions" and freed from any of the inhibitions that even she may have once had, Athill reflects candidly, and sometimes with great humor, on the condition of being old, the losses and occasionally the gains that age brings, the wisdom and fortitude required to face death.