2018 HPC Recommended Reading


Maya Angelou

Angelou, Maya.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Random House, 1969.

Angelou, Maya.  A Song Flung Up to Heaven. Random House, 2002.

Agins, Donna Brown.  Maya Angelou: A Biography of an Award-Winning Poet ad Civil Rights Activist (African-American Icons). Enslow Publishers, 2013.

Gillespie, Marcia Ann., et al.  Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration.  Doubleday, 2008.

Wagner-Martin, Linda.  Maya Angelou: Adventurous Spirit. Bloomsbury, 2016.


Erma Bombeck
Bombeck, Erma. At Wit’s End.  Newsday, Inc. 1967. 

Bombeck, Erma. The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank.  McGraw Hill, 1976.

Bombeck, Erma. If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?  McGraw Hill, 1978.

Bombeck, Erma. Aunt Erma’s Cope Book.  McGraw Hill, 1979.

Bombeck, Erma. Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession.  McGraw Hill, 1983.

Colwell, Lynn Hutner.  Erma Bombeck, Writer and Humorist. Enslow Publishers. Hillside, NJ. 1992.


Rachel Carson

Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. 1962. 40th anniversary ed., Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

Lear, Linda, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature. Mariner, 2009. Extensively researched and detailed biography of Carson; written by an environmental historian.

Lytle, Mark. The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Matthiessen, Peter, ed. Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson. Mariner, 2007.

Musil, Robert K. Rachel Carson and her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have

Shaped America’s Environment. Rutgers University Press, 2015.


Walter Cronkite

Brinkley, Douglas. Cronkite. Harper Collins, New York. 2012.

Cloud, Stanley and Lynne Olson. The Murrow Boys / Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. 1996.

Cronkite, Walter. A Reporter's Life / Walter Cronkite. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 1996.

Cronkite, Walter and Don Carleton. Conversations with Cronkite. Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 2010.

Gates, Gary Paul. Air Time / The Inside Story of CBS News. Harper & Row, New York. 1978.


Robert Kennedy

Clarke, Thurston.  The Last Campaign: Robert Kennedy and the 82 Days that Inspired America. 

Henry Holt and Company.  2008.

Kennedy, Robert F.  Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  W.W.  Norton & Company.  Reprint 1999.

Schlesinger, Arthur M.  Robert Kennedy And His Times.  Mariner Books.  2002.

Thomas, Evan.  Robert Kennedy: His Life.  Simon & Schuster.  2002.

Tye, Larry.  Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.  Random House.  2016.


Nikita Khrushchev

Aleksandr Fursenko & Timothy Naftali.  Khrushchev’s Cold War, 2006.

Khrushchev, Nikita. Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament, 1974.

Taubman, William. Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, 2003.


Pauli Murray

Bell-Scott, Patricia. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice. Alfred Knopf, 2016.

Murray, Pauli. Pauli Murray: The Autobiography of a Black Activist, Feminist, Lawyer, Priest, and Poet. The University of Tennessee Press, 1989.  (Originally published: Song in a Weary Throat. Harper & Row, 1987.)

Murray, Pauli. Dark Testament and other poems. Silvermine Publishers, Inc., 1970.

Murray, Pauli. Proud Shoes: The Story of An American Family. Harper & Row, 1956.

Rosenberg, Rosalind. Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray. Oxford University Press, 2017.


George Wallace

Palmer, Mary. George Wallace: An Enigma: The Complex Life of Alabama's Most Divisive and Controversial Governor, 2016.

Carter, Dan The Politics of Rage, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 2000.

Lesher, Stephan    George Wallace: American Populist, Addison-Wesley Publishing,

Reading Massachusetts, 1994.