In Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers, William Lynwood Montell reclaims an important part of Kentucky’s social, cultural, and educational heritage, assembling a fun and fascinating collection of schoolroom stories that chronicle a golden era in Kentucky. The firsthand narratives and anecdotes in this collection range from humorous stories of outrageous student behaviors (such as the quiet little boy whose first “sharing” involved profanity) to the difficult challenges of teaching in a one-room school. Montell even includes some of his own memories from his days as a pupil in a one-room school. Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers is a delightful glimpse of the history of education.
“One-room schools once provided education to a majority of Kentucky citizens, and Montell’s book relates the characteristics and attitudes of those involved. It’s entertaining collection of memories allows the individual voices of the teachers to be heard once more.”–Freda Klotter, teacher and co-author of A Concise History of Kentucky
In the fifty years since John K. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 200,000 Americans have served in 139 countries, providing technical assistance, promoting a better understanding of American culture, and bringing the world back to the United States.
In Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers, Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson, who served in Liberia from 1962 to 1964, follow the experiences of volunteers as they make the decision to join, attend training, adjust to living overseas and the job, make friends, and eventually return home to serve in their communities.They also describe how the volunteers made a difference in their host countries and how they became citizens of the world for the rest of their lives. Through the description of these experiences, Voices from the Peace Corps emphasizes the value of practical idealism in building meaningful cultural connections that span the globe.
Arthur Penn: American Director is the comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most influential filmmakers. Thematic chapters lucidly convey the story of Penn’s life and career, as well as pertinent events in the history of American film, theater, and television. In the process of tracing the full spectrum of his career, Arthur Penn reveals the enormous scope of Penn’s talent and his profound impact on the entertainment industry in an accessible, engaging account of the well-known director’s life.
“No doubt Arthur Penn was among the greatest of American directors. In Arthur Penn, Nat Segaloff captures the essence of the man and the talent—his nobility. If nobility can rub off on a reader, this book is its most likely source.”—Norman Lear