Friday Fast Picks: A Day at the Museum


How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tanya Bolden
Tells the story of how the museum on the National Mall got built, from educators and activists, to politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings, to honor black citizens.

The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: The Story of the Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
As the most destructive war in history ravaged Europe, many of the world’s most cherished cultural objects were in harm’s way. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History recounts the astonishing true story of eleven men and one woman who risked their lives amidst the bloodshed of World War II to preserve churches, libraries, monuments, and works of art that for centuries defined the heritage of Western civilization

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena
A blending of photographs and illustrations trace the life and work of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, who embarked on a journey across Mexico and the world.

Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Christin O’Keefe Aptowicz
A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities.

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux
In order to win a coveted internship at the Earth Time Museum, Delia must use all her skills and knowledge to survive her travels back and forth through time.

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to the British Museum to help investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs–but where does a time traveler fit in?

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

The Language of Stars by Louise Hawes
After an incident involving the vandalism of a cottage museum that once belonged to famous poet Rufus Baylor, sixteen-year-old Sarah is sentenced to community service and a poetry appreciation course taught by Baylor himself.

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large over her

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