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The Water Is Wide
Pat Conroy, Mou-Sien Tseng
The Water is Wide is the true story of a young schoolteacher -- a man who gave a year of his life to give an island and a people renewed hope. He becomes the teacher to their children, and teaches the adults of Yamacraw Island extraordinary lessons they didn't even know they needed to learn. A young schoolteacher struggles to bring literacy and self-respect to a black backwoods South Carolina school in this affecting work. An early, semi-autobiographical novel.

A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love. Everyone knows that Galileo dropped cannonballs off the leaning tower of Pisa, developed the first reliable telescope, and was convicted by the Inquisition for holding a heretical belief--that the earth revolved around the sun. But did you know he had a daughter?

Galileo's Daughter
Dava Sobel

Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics
Edward Teller, Judith Shoolery
One of the great scientists of the 20th century recounts a brilliant life spanning 10 decades in his simply titled autobiography, Memoirs. Edward Teller came to the United States from Hungary in 1935 and found a place for himself at the thorny intersection of science and politics: he was deeply involved in the decision to build a hydrogen bomb during the Second World War as well as the push for missile defenses during the 1980s. The bulk of Memoirs concentrates on events during the 1940s and 1950s.


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