Adult Recommendations

Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

In this follow up to The KItchen House, Jamie Pyke, son of a white father and a slave mother, is currently living in Philadelphia as a free white business owner since fleeing from his life on a southern plantation.

 A good friend’s son who is Jamie’s house servant Pan, has disappeared and possibly been sold into slavery from the Philadelphia docks.  Jamie sets off on a journey to find Pan, which ultimately leads him back to his past and too close to the plantation life he fled with slave hunters on his trail.

The story is told via multiple narrators and is a gripping, fast-paced read.  Focusing on race, slavery, and the underground railroad, The Glory Over Everything attests to family ties and upbringing as strong influences.  Great read!

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Sometimes we overlook what's happening in our own backyard. For example, in the early 1900s, Wilbur and Orville Wright were making aviation history in Dayton, Ohio but the government and local press couldn't be bothered. Undeterred by local disinterest, the industrious brothers insisted a powered flying machine could become a reality. To help pay for mounting expenses, they started a thriving bicycle shop. Despite their successful test runs and achievements with powered flights, the press and the local community offered a collective yawn. How then did the Wright brothers achieve fame and fortune? To find out, read this excellent book.   

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Tanya Pitts Dubois’ marriage to Frank ends when he lies dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home. This is also when Tanya Pitts Dubois ceases to exist and becomes Amelia Keen—after placing a phone call to a mysterious Mr. Oliver. With $5,000 and a new identification as Amelia from Mr. Oliver, the former Tanya Pitts begins her off-the-grid journey from Wisconsin to Austin, Texas, where she meets a bartender named Blue (Debra Maze). Blue recognizes the look of a fellow fugitive, offers her a place to stay, and switches identities with her. The hunted/haunted Tanya-turned-Amelia-turned-Debra leaves town and ping-pongs from one location to another, trying on and discarding one identity after another—sometimes in the matter of minutes—with a terrified intensity. Added to this fascinating scramble to fly below the radar are some old emails between “Ryan” and “Jo” that begin to create a picture—but a picture of what?  All is revealed by the end of this satisfying, intense, and intriguing psychological thriller. 

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