I am a retired librarian who conducts genealogical and local history research ( fiskeresearch.com ).
I spent years researching the life of Solomon Northup. He was a free black
who lived in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 1841, he met some men who enticed
him into leaving the state with them. In Washington, D.C., they sold him as a
slave, and he was sent to Louisiana, where he lived as a slave for nearly 12
years. Eventually, he was rescued by a friend of his, and he returned home to
upstate New York. He authored a book, Twelve Years a Slave, which was very
popular at the time.
My 2012 book, Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery, provided
some details on his activities after his return. It is no longer widely available, but the information is included in a book I co-authored, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
As a "busy guy" who would rather spend time doing stuff other than cooking
and cleaning up, I wrote a book, Easy Meals for Lazy Guys (uh, Make
that "Busy" Guys), which is sort of a kitchen survival guide for men. For a
long time my goal has been to spend less time preparing a meal than it
takes to consume it.