NEW READS FOR FALL
HOW WE GOT TO NOW: SIX INNOVATIONS THAT MADE THE MODERN WORLD by Steven Johnson.
Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, the secret history behind everyday objects of contemporary life is investigated. 2016 USU Community Literature Experience Selection.
LITTLE BRITCHES: FATHER AND I WERE RANCHERS by Ralph Moody.
Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there at the dawn of the century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes, and windstorms provide authentic color. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that prepare Ralph to take his father's place as man of the family.
THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
First published in its entirety in 1911, The Secret Garden
is a children's literature classic, the story of rebirth as a result of the power of love. Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl who lives in India with her English parents is terribly neglected by them, causing her to become sickly, unpleasant, and demanding. When her parents die in a cholera epidemic, Mary is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire, England. It is here the magical miracle of transformation begins.