Great New Non-Fiction



Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell

When the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the United States into World War II, 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them. The women served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, when most of them were captured by the Japanese as prisoners of war, they suffered disease and near-starvation for three years. This is their story of sisterhood and suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life.


volcanoA Volcano Beneath The Snow:  John Brown’s War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin

Examines the life of abolitionist John Brown and the raid he led on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1859, exploring his religious fanaticism and belief in “righteous violence,” –and commitment to domestic terrorism.



everybodyEverybody Paints: the Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family by Susan Goldman Rubin

In this distinctive volume, acclaimed biographer Susan Goldman Rubin traces the events that shaped the Wyeths’ art, as well as how each generation influenced the other, while the crisp design beautifully showcases the full-color reproductions of the works that have made the Wyeth family legendary.