My Life, My Love, My Legacy
By Coretta Scott King and Barbara Reynolds
The life story of Coretta Scott King—wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist—as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.
Born in 1927 in the Deep South, Coretta Scott became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement while in college. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr. In love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, and so much more.
As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, lobbied for fifteen years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women’s, workers’ and gay rights, and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom, and human dignity.
Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America.
Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory
By Lydia Reeder
At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the charismatic basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, traveled from farm to farm. He ended up recruiting talented, hardworking young women, offering them a free college education if they would come play for his basketball team, the Cardinals.
He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen: with passion for the sport and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach, they won every game.
For author Lydia Reeder, this is a family story: coach Sam Babb is her great-uncle. When her grandmother handed her a worn, yellowed folder that contained newspaper articles, letters, and photographs of Sam and the Cardinals, she said, “You might want to tell their story someday.” Now, with extensive research and the gathered memories of the surviving Cardinals, she has.
Dust Bowl Girls conveys the intensity of an improbable journey to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, led by the legendary Babe Didrikson. It captures a moment in American sports history when a visionary coach helped his young athletes achieve more than a winning season.
In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown
By Amy Gary
The woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny led an extraordinary life.
Margaret Wise Brown started her writing career by helping to shape the curriculum for the Bank Street School for children, making it her mission to create stories that would rise above traditional fairy tales and allowed girls to see themselves as equal to boys. At the same time, she also experimented endlessly with her own writing. Margaret would spend days researching subjects, picking daisies, cloud gazing, and observing nature, all in an effort to precisely capture a child’s sense of awe and wonder as they discovered the world.
Margaret embraced life with passion, lived extravagantly off of her royalties, went on rabbit hunts, and carried on long and troubled love affairs. Among them were two great loves in Margaret’s life. One was a gender-bending poet and the ex-wife of John Barrymore. She went by the stage name of Michael Strange and she and Margaret had a tempestuous yet secret relationship. After the dissolution of their relationship and Michael’s death, Margaret became engaged to a younger man, who also happened to be the son of a Rockefeller and a Carnegie. But before they could marry Margaret died unexpectedly at the age of 42, leaving behind a cache of unpublished work and a timeless collection of books that would go on become classics in children’s literature.
Amy Gary captures the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown. Drawing on newly-discovered personal letters and diaries, she reveals an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose unrivaled talent breathed new life in to the literary world.
Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors
By George W. Bush
Since leaving the presidency behind, George W. Bush began painting and turned his attention to supporting and honoring America’s veterans as they re-enter civilian life. Those two passions can be found in his new coffee-table book, which features 66 of his oil paintings of America’s military and veterans. Each painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the veteran depicted, written by the President, whom he has come to know personally through his own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.
President Bush’s portraits and accompanying stories of courage and resilience pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of military and veterans, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our transitioning veterans and empower them to succeed.
As the stories unfold—some of them inspiring, some of them heartbreaking—readers see the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn from their bravery on the battlefield, their journeys to recovery, and the continued leadership and contributions they are making as civilians.