RSC_Nook, I commend you for your generosity regarding giving your Uncle a Nook this coming Saturday. Also, you are going that extra mile to download some favorite books for him along with some gift cards. Oh, you will make your Uncle so happy this coming Saturday. His Nook will be his new best friend at the Rehab facility. RSC_Nook, I don't have any recommendations for you, however, when you visit the Barnes and Noble Home Page and scroll down to the left, you will see a column marked: Subjects. There is a History category, so, I'm sure you can find some interesting Civil War books to buy for your Uncle.
So glad this has worked out!
Hit that History link under NOOKbooks on the B&N website, there is just a ton of stuff and most of it is 99-cents. Here's just a quick sample fromt he first 2 pages of the website:
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton (0.99)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (0.99)
Mussolini's Rome by Borden Painter (free)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (0.99)
The Writings of Abraham Lincoln (0.89)
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris (9.99) [I've read this, very good]
Common Sense by Thomas Paine (0.99)
You can find the Zane Grey classic westerns for free. Try Google books. As always, the Gutenberg Project has a lot of older material.
You'll have a lot more than 8-10 books in no time! Good luck and wish your uncle happy reading for us and a speedy recovery.
A good biography I've been making my way through is :
A few other that I have on my wishlist:
and if he is into Civil War stuff Jefferson Davis' Hostory of the Confederate States of America is available for free.
Now my question - anyone have recommendations on good books in the genres he would like. He is a HUGE history buff. Also big on Civil War, Lincoln, that kind of stuff. also the Titanic. that type of non fiction, history based stuff. OR it could be fiction but with a flavor of that. NO adult hanky panky either, he would die to have a book with anything too suggestive in it (kind of religious)
A friend of mine highly recommended this book by John Jakes (author of North and South). It is set during the Civil War and follows four Americans up through Lincoln's assassination and John Wilkes Booth's murder. If you read the description, it looks like something your uncle would enjoy.
You can try www.inkmesh.com. You can search by any subject you want and it will show you where the books are available and how much they cost at each store. I have a cousin who is really into history and she was really excited about some of the stuff she found there.
Its such a wonderful thing that your family is doing for your uncle.
Here are three I've recently purchased. I haven't read any of them yet, so I'm not sure they are reliable recommendations. They are all "current," mainstream titles.
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they'd weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.
Now Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s . . . .
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood. . . .
Parrot and Olivier in America Two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey’s latest feat of imagination is an irrepressible, audacious, and trenchantly funny novel set mostly in nineteenth-century America.
Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is an aristocrat born just after the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English engraver. Their lives are joined when Olivier sets sail for the New World to save his neck from one more revolution and Parrot is sent with him as spy, protector, foe, and foil. . . . .
wow, those all look awesome. and I know you say it is a nice thng I am doing for him, but honestly I am finding it pretty fun myself. I love my nook and excited to give him one. lets say it didn't take me long to volunteer to help with this when the idea came up a few weeks ago.
I too recommend "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand. It is an exciting WW2 story that I couldn't put down. Also, the story of a courageous man that survived despite incredible odds may be just what your uncle would like to read at this time in his life. Best wishes to him with his rehab.
This one is a little pricey, but it's one of the wittiest, most entertaining and most informative histories I've read in a long time, and about a fascinating period that we think we know, but in fact have forgotten:
This is a great, kind idea that you and your family have had. Kudos to you, and best wishes to your uncle.