anne tipped me off to an interesting book: Great Americans, which chronicles the stories of regular people with famous names:
Did you know Elvis Presley lives – and works as a data supervisor at a hospital in Texas? That Jackie Kennedy is a sales clerk at an outlet mall in Mississippi? Ever met Marilyn Monroe, a retired politician in Iowa; Al Capone, who works at a food distribution center in South Philly; Bob Dylan, a cashier at a Las Vegas casino; or Muhammad Ali, a University of Minnesota freshman and aspiring neuroscientist? What do they look like? Where have they been? And what does it mean to them to be American?