By Terri Schlichenmeyer —
Votes for Women
Ask around and you’ll find a boy who can program a computer, change a tire, throw a ball, do algebra, invent things, lead a committee—all things girls are fully capable of doing. If he can do something, so can she, but in the new book “Votes for Women!” by Winifred Conkling, it wasn’t always so …
Far from a boring, lecture-lecture-lecture history book that spans the ages with some very famous women (and men), Conkling takes the story of suffrage and makes it into a proper page turner with a very satisfying ending that rivals any kind of novel. Yes, this is a young adult book, but it leaves grown-ups plenty to stand up and cheer about.
Maybe you’re thinking the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence? Find out in “Grass Roots” by Emily Dufton, a history of marijuana in the U.S.
In Jamestown in the early 1600s, every colonist lived under an edict: They were required to grow hemp, which was needed to make rope, cloth, sails and more. So how did we get from hemp—one of nature’s strongest fibers—to a revolution of medical marijuana? The answer lies in pop culture, science and politics. And it’s nowhere near a smooth timeline.
This book is a little on the dry side, but it does what it promises: You’ll learn about the history of marijuana in the U.S. and where it’s going.
Survive Like a Spy
Of course, it’s a weird world out there. By many accounts, it gets weirder every day, but if you want to stay out of the crosshairs, you’ve got this with “Survive Like a Spy” by Jason Hanson.
Television and novels, that’s how real spies roll, right? Not so much. Using the tactics that spies use can make you and your family safer in today’s world, says Hanson. Know what to do if you’re followed or meet someone who’s dangerous. Never be caught unprepared. Know when you’re being mentally manipulated, or what to do if you’re kidnapped. And finally, pack your suitcase with survival in mind when traveling.