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At the library: Biography provides insight to musical

By Gwen Flannery | Aug 27, 2018

This past week in Chicago, I went to see Hamilton the Musical, the new broadway hip-hop show following the life of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

The show is jam-packed with the history of how an immigrant was able to help start the government we know today.

Throughout history, his story has been lost through time, and now is being retold by actors and actresses across the country.

The show is all historically accurate, from the first line to the final breath. While listening to the music, I was able to learn how Hamilton helped the U.S. win the war with assistance from his friends John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, and Marquis de Lafayette, how he finalized the location of our nation’s capital, and how he created the financial system that we still use today.

The best decision I made before seeing the show was checking out the audiobook Hamilton: A Revolution from the library. I listened as each chapter delved deep into each scene of the show. It described how Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the show, found inspiration for each detail to create the wonderful masterpiece thousands of people see, listen, and enjoy each week.

Anyone can relate to a young, scrappy, and hungry hero who worked non-stop during his life to establish freedom for the future of a country he dearly loved.

I recommend for anyone wanting to know more about U.S. history to listen to the soundtrack or come check out materials that we have at the library about Hamilton and the other founding fathers.

The following books were given in memory of Norma Meyer by her family & friends:

Braving the Wilderness (large print) by Brene Brown, Paradox (large print) by Catherine Coulter, Big Horn Legacy (large print) by W. Michael Gear, Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger, Dear Mrs. Bird (large print) by A. J. Pearce, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (large print) by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Galloway’s Gamble (large print) by Howard Weinstein

Adult Fiction:Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz, Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li, The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams

Adult Nonfiction: Purebred and Homegrown by Drake Hokanson, The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston, What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, The Girl From Katmandu by Cam Simpson

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