Reading Lists: Capitol Hill Library

Non-fiction picture books about people who overcame barriers -- and changed the world -- by following their passions.

During WWI the European powers all had their sights on the weakening Ottoman Empire. T. E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell were two of the many forces at work in shaping the modern Middle East. Explore this topic further. This list was made for the Capitol Hill Branch Book Group when they read Lawrence in Arabia. -Bill K.

If you enjoyed The Boys in the Boat, these books will let you find out more about becoming a winning sports team, overcoming overwhelming odds, rowing and the 1936 Olympics.

These books all explore the ideas raised in The Social Conquest of the Earth, by Edward O. Wilson, which we discussed at the Capitol Hill Library Pageturners book group. - Bill K