Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day and welcome to Nonfiction Monday! I'll be rounding up today's nonfiction posts. If you've written a Nonfiction Monday post, tell me about it in the comments. Make sure to include your blog name, the book you reviewed and a little description of what it's about and/or why you love that title.
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
It is impossible to chronicle the life of Steve Jobs without also chronicling the history of Apple. Steve Jobs was the not only the face of Apple from its humble beginnings; he was also the driving force behind their company’s philosophy that computers should conform to the needs and wants of the user, instead of the user experience being dictated by the technology. Today, most everyone owns at least one of Apple’s products, be it a desktop computer, MacBook, iPad, iPhone or iPod. Most young people, however, don’t know how Steve Jobs created and worked to build the Apple empire, and how many setbacks he faced along the way, both personally and professionally. In Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, author Karen Blumenthal takes us inside the life of Jobs and his company.
The cover is plain white with Jobs in his signature glasses and black turtleneck. The title (in the Apple rainbow) is a nod to Apple’s “Think different” campaign. Structured around three stories that Jobs shared at the 2005 Stanford commencement, with black and white photographs scattered throughout the text and short anecdotes between chapters, everything about the meticulous design of this book is a tribute to Jobs life’s work. But this book is not a lovefest for Steve Jobs. Jobs is given due credit for his relentless efforts to create personal technology devices that put the user first. In this regard, he was astoundingly successful. Blumenthal also takes care to show how his flaws – his selfishness, his temper, his arrogance, his inability to form personal relationships – also held him back from personal and professional success. Back matter includes an integrated Steve Jobs/Apple timeline, bibliography, notes, author’s note, glossary and index. A must-have for library collections for middle and high school aged patrons.
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different is a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.
Nonfiction Monday Round-Up
Shelf-Employed shares thoughts (and suggestions!) on the ever-popular biography assignment
Hope is the Word reviews Joanna Stanbridge The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives
laurasalas: writing the world for kids reviews Diana Hutts Aston's A Rock is Lively!
Randomly Reading reviews Kadir Nelson's I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
NC Teacher Stuff reviews Caroline Arnold's Too Hot? Too Cold? Keeping Body Temperatures Just Right
Perogies & Gyoza reviews Jaqueline K. Ogburn's Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World
A Fuse #8 Production reviews Deborah Heiligman's The Boy Who Loved Math: the Improbably Life of Paul Erdos
Abby the Librarian shares her top ten picture book biographies
Booktalking reviews Melody Herr's Sitting for Equal Service: Lunch Counter Sit-Ins, United States, 1960s
Wrapped in Foil reviews Amy Novesky's Imogen: Mother of Modernism and Three Boys
Jean Little Library compares two nonfiction series on horses
A Teaching Life shares two titles honoring this historic day: Kadir Nelson's I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing
Charlotte's Library reviews Shaun Tan's The Bird King: An Artists's Notebook
Speak Well, Read Well shares her students' reaction to Kadir Nelson's I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
True Tales & A Cherry On Top reviews Renee Watson's Harlem's Little Blackbird
A Cath in the Hat reviews David Macaulay's Castle: How it Works
Books 4 Learning reviews Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson's The Story of Snow
The Swimmer Writer reviews Yoming S. Lin's Fahrenheit, Celsius and Their Temperature Scales
The Cat and the Fiddle features an interview with author Jerri Chase Ferris, who wrote Noah Webster and His Words
The Fourth Musketeer shares her favorite picture books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sonder Books reviews Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno's Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar
Sally's Bookshelf reviews Heather Lang's Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion
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