A classic piece of historical fiction, this is the true-to-life, brilliantly woven tale of Nat Bowditch, son of a sea captain, and compiler of The American Practical Navigator, a book of high sea navigation still in use today. Educational and engrossing all at once, one of the favorite historical novels of my childhood.
Cheaper by the Dozen
By Ernestine Gilbreth Carey and Frank B. Gilbreth
Cheaper by the Dozen (and its sequel Belles on Their Toes) brought hours of laugh-aloud hilarity to my family and is one of the favorite books of my childhood. This memoir, written by two siblings from a family of a dozen, recounts the extraordinary family philosophy of Mr. Gilbreath, a “motion study” expert who applied his theories to factories, business, and his own lively family. Heartwarming, funny, and just downright fascinating, this tale is one to savor with the whole family.