Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover



Nonfiction Audiobooks

Some great nonfiction audiobooks to check out:

Wheels

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy

This is a great history book.  It talks about how the bicycle helped empower women.  Not only did the bicycle provide women with a new mode of transportation they could use on their own, it also inspired social change and influenced women’s fashion.  It is amazing to see how something we take for granted (who never rode a bike as a child?) helped improve the lives of its first users.  *The audiobook was really well narrated, but I think I missed out not getting to see the photos.

Growing Up

Growing Up in Coal Country by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

This is also a history.  Bartoletti gathers the voices of those who grew up in coal country in northeastern Pennsylvania at the turn of the nineteenth century.  This is the story of what it was like for immigrant families trying to make a life in America.  It’s about the working conditions men and boys had to endure.   This was a really interesting look at life at the turn of the century, but it was sad and beautiful at the same time.  The children had to work and endure cruelty, yet they still found ways to have fun.   A great look at what working conditions were like before laws were enacted to ensure safety and protect children.  *The audio was excellent!

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