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The Connecticut Colony (The Thirteen Colonies) by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Colonial Connecticut through the Revolutionary war including biographical information on some of the people who shaped the then and future. For readers 9 to 12 years old.
A Young Patriot: The American Revolution As Experienced by One Boy A Young Patriot : The American Revolution As Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy
Joseph Plumb Martin was 15 years old when he signed up for the Connecticut state militia on July 6, 1776. Based on his memoirs, this book recounts a personal perspective of the life of a Revolutionary soldier rather than a broad historical view... daily boredom, confusion and fear are balanced with moments of triumph in this interesting book for readers 9 to 12 years old.
Connecticut Historical Collections Connecticut Historical Collections by John Warner Barber
Containing a general collection of interesting facts traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, etc. relating to the history and antiquities of every town in Connecticut, with geographical descriptions. John Warner Barber, an amateur historian, engraver, and printer, traveled around Connecticut sketching town greens, hotels, schools, churches, and harbors. He also collected local history and immersed himself in the works of such noted historians as Dr. Trumbull. From these labors he produced Connecticut Historical Collections, a book of fine wood engravings and lively history. In its first year, 1837, it sold 7000 copies. Reissued later, it again sold well. Today, though his wood engravings are well known, few copies of the book remain. Antique dealers unfortunately do a brisk business selling the woodcuts from volumes they have "broken," and many a Connecticut citizen has unwittingly hung one of these charming pictures on a wall without realizing that in the process, an important book was cut up and destroyed. Now readers can again enjoy Barber's beautiful engravings as well as his delightfully entertaining history of the towns then in existence.
The Circus Fire: A True Story The Circus Fire: A True Story by Stewart O'Nan
A powerful recreation of the great Hartford circus fire of 1944 which took the lives of 167 people and forever changed the city. The circus combines flamboyance and mystery and presents it for our entertainment, provoking apprehension, belly laughter and sheer amazement. Then, the show travels on. The circus "is the only ageless delight that you can buy for money," Ernest Hemingway once wrote. It was a hot day, and on the sidewall behind the southwest bleachers a small flame sprang up. In an instant, it was, as O'Nan puts it, "eating the roof, finding fuel." At first, the performance continued; some members of the audience even thought the flames were part of the show. This book is not for the faint of heart.

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