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Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him To The Presidency (2018).

Posted by friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary on March 26, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (1)

By: Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Reviewed by: Bob Taggart

This is a fascinating, mostly-true, story of Lincoln's last murder trial in the stifling hot summer of 1859 in Springfield, Illinois. Springfield then was a small, bustling town of about 5,000 people where everybody seemed to know everyone. The state capital had a large contingent of capable lawyers, and Lincoln was simply the most famous of them. Having litigated more than 3,000 cases, including 27 murder cases, Lincoln ...

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Posted by friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary on November 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By T.J. Stiles

Reviewed by: Roy Lopata

T.J. Stiles has provided us with a biography that truly deserves the label “epic.” This is a classic and lengthy life and times tome that includes all the details of Cornelius (“Commodore”;) Vanderbilt’s remarkable story from birth in Staten Island, New York in 1794 to death in 1877, spanning the history of the United States from the age of George Washington to that of John D. Rockefeller. In describing his t...

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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Posted by friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary on November 5, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

by Sharon Creech

Reviewed by: Molly Shay, aged 10

The world would not be right if Sharon Creech hadn’t written Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. In this book, Rosie tells her Granny Torrelli problems with her blind friend Bailey as they make soup and pasta. I love how Granny Torrelli tells stories of what had happened to her with her friend Pedro to help Rosie deal with what is happening. Granny Torrelli always has something to tell Rosie that helps both ...

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