Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

May is National Bike Month – get inspired!

I admit it. I am in awe of long-distance bicyclists. You may have caught my blog on Emmanuel’s Gift, the documentary about cyclist Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah, who biked across his home country of Ghana to raise awareness about people living with disabilities.

Take a minute to imagine the athleticism, courage and perseverance necessary to conduct a solo bike ride. Now see yourself as a woman riding around the world, for fifteen months, in 1894! Read all about Annie Londonderry’s incredible bike journey in Around the World on Two Wheels by Zheutlin, Peter.

Closer to home and the present, Grand Rapids author Sue Stauffacher has led a 5-day, 250-mile bike convoy this week, as a tribute to Tillie Anderson, 1898 world champion cycling racer. Stauffacher detailed Tillie’s adventures in Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History. The cycling group stopped at schools along the bike route—who have not had author visits in five years--to encourage kids to get excited about both biking and reading.

May is National Bike Month, a good time to let others’ efforts inspire you to get out onto two wheels (and encourage someone else to do it, too!)


Tillie the Terrible Swede: How one woman, a sewing needle and a bicycle changed history



Ok... I'm on the list for this one... looks like an amazing story. Thanks for the tip!! (and the inspiration!!)
All right! Love to hear it. Thanks for your comment.
Three incredible biking books! Thanks for bringing them to my attention. Perfect reading matter, in fact, for biking enthusiasts who are weary of going out on the road due to traffic or bad weather. All you have to do is ride at home, set your course on the computerised screen of the home exercise bike, start pedaling and read one of the inspiring books you've mentioned. That and a little imagination will take you far!
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