If you’ve exhausted your favorite fiction authors and are looking for something with romance, adventure, mystery, and even great humor — then head on over to the non-fiction area at your neighborhood library. Down the aisles of non-fiction books, you’ll find the true stories of individuals from our past that shaped the world; biographies of men and women who are making bold changes for a brighter future. You’ll find heroes guided by a higher calling to help their fellow man and even run across true tales of reluctant heroes who happened to find themselves at the wrong place at just the right time!
Our history is filled with stories of remarkable individuals – these men and woman were average people going about their lives, living day-to-day until something or someone impacted their lives so dramatically that they stepped out of their normal existence and became the true heroes we admire and respect.
What makes a hero?
Most of the time, a hero is made from a real person who must make brave and difficult choices during a tough situation. A hero must put aside his or her own fears and doubts and step up for what is right even when no one else can — or will.
Some heroes became famous and changed the world for those who came after them. They spoke out for the rights and freedoms of people that had no voice. Some heroes fought to change our laws or took action to open our eyes to new thoughts and ideas. Ordinary men and women became extraordinary heroes that discovered cures for illnesses and diseases that saved millions of lives! Some heroes, like a fireman or a doctor or a nurse, can change the world for just one person – someone just like you! Whether or not they changed the world for millions of people or just one person, we can find all kinds of heroes demonstrating acts of kindness, compassion, showing great courage and bravery. The message is the same in each story we read: Every Hero Has a Story!
There are thousands of stories of every day heroes at your neighborhood library. Below is a list of some of the non-fiction books available that tell a story of an ordinary man or woman living extraordinary lives!
American heroes: profiles of men and women who shaped early America by Edmund S. Morgan
Chief Joseph: guardian of the people by Candy Moulton
Footprints of heroes : from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq by Robert Skimin
Dreamers and deceivers : true stories of the heroes and villains who made America written & edited by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe
13 hours : the inside account of what really happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff with members of the Annex security team
Prepared for a purpose : an inspiring true story of how one woman saved an Atlanta school under siege by Antoinette Tuff with Alex Tresniowski
Black Sheep: the life of Pappy Boyington by John F. Wukovits
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.: Air Force general & Tuskegee Airmen leader by Sari Earl
After Jackie: pride, prejudice, and baseball’s forgotten heroes: an oral history by Cal Fussman
American heroines: the spirited women who shaped our country by Kay Bailey Hutchison
There are thousands of books, eBooks, DVDs, CDs and more at your neighborhood library! Can’t find it? You can request it and it will be sent to your library to check out.