Look beneath the surface of the world’s most interesting people--past and present--to uncover what makes them tick. Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Great Lives looks beneath the surface and uncovers fascinating but little-known stories behind the famous, the near-famous, the infamous, and the should-have-been famous. You’ll meet child prodigies, spies, traitors, celebrities (and sidekicks), gossips, hermits, humanitarians, and zealots. There are incredible stories here, and every one is true. Sit back and prepare to be amazed when you read about:
* America’s first prima ballerina * The man who invented tap dancing * Stephen Hawking and his ongoing quest for love * Vidal Sassoon: hairdresser by day, freedom-fighter by night * Sex therapist Dr. Ruth’s early years as an Israeli soldier * The other Boleyn girl in Henry VIII’s bed * The nerd who changed the world * Six degrees of Kevin Bacon And much, much more!
The Bathroom Readers' Institute is a tight-knit group of loyal and skilled writers, researchers, and editors who have been working as a team for years. The BRI understands the habits of a very special market—Throne Sitters—and devotes itself to providing amazing facts and conversation pieces.
JoAnn Padgett has BAs in English and History from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She’s worked on newspapers, films/video, training programs, textbooks, and acquisition of fiction/nonfiction while developing products for such diverse companies as Army Times Publishing, Time-Life Books, McGraw-Hill, Harcourt Brace, and AMS. Currently, she is an editorial director for Readerlink, the nation’s largest book distributor.