Susan Campbell Bartoletti presents a gripping and detailed chronology of the historical origins of the KKK. Written for age 12 and up, I would recomme...moreSusan Campbell Bartoletti presents a gripping and detailed chronology of the historical origins of the KKK. Written for age 12 and up, I would recommend this book to grades 7 and up, although by no means exclusive to this age group. Bartoletti uses primary source etchings and sketches among the text making the read clear and authentic. I was thankful for her vast index of sources and further reading recommendations. Many experts listed are familiar to me, but unfamiliar works will be added to my own library, truly a benefit!
Bartoletti takes original research experience to an ultimate extreme when she attends a KKK Congress to gain perspective. Her reporting if this event is chilling and unraveled the author as well.
She calls the KKK the "most terrifying terrorist groups to set foot on American soil" They Call Themselves the KKK, is an important history, most difficult to comprehend. A compelling read for all.
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book from an Amazon vendor. However, when received it was an uncorrected proof. Therefor I did not benefit from a final copy edition, hence possible errors and omissions awe possible.(less)
Lucia has moments of doubt about her mother Teresa Esposito’s sometimes peculiar behavior. She never knew her father, who deserted the two before she...moreLucia has moments of doubt about her mother Teresa Esposito’s sometimes peculiar behavior. She never knew her father, who deserted the two before she was born. Their mother/daughter bond is strong, so tender, they even share the same bed. They are both servants for the Count and Countess Monforte in Naples, Italy in 1905. Teresa sings like an angel and she often is called upon to soothe the Countess during her frequent migraines. The Count is a contentious cad, impressed with his privileged position and own self-importance.
One day, Teresa becomes the subject of an experimental treatment for hysteria as The Count and his doctor test the efficacy of his Rube Goldberg invention. Lucia appears unexpectedly and demands her mother’s immediate release. Unfortunately, Lucia becomes the next victim in their experiments. Teresa explodes with anger and rage as she strikes the Count down. Desperate to avoid capture and prosecution their options are limited as the Count’s influence is far-reaching.
Lucia, 14 years old, suggests they sail to America. Although, the idea of leaving Italy leaves Teresa glum. Their passage is paid for by the Countess. Forged papers are created by her staff along with a letter of introduction to a boarding house in Cleveland.
They decide to Americanize their names to Lucia and Teresa D’Angelo. Teresa ultimately takes on the persona of the “Naples Nightingale” and is hired by a traveling vaudeville show. Lucia continues her studies at school and works hard as a scribe. Gradually, the demons and hysteria insinuate deeper into Teresa’s personality. Lucia must alter her plans to take care of her mother.
SWIMMING IN THE MOON is an exceedingly rich historical novel on so multiple levels. The characters are spot-on realistic, familiar and readers will easily empathize with their lives. Lucia is the quintessential immigrant of this era, determined to succeed, hard-working and practical, never extravagant. Schoenewaldt brings out the many social issues of the day. Lucia’s eyes attest to the poor working conditions, long hours and low pay. Likewise, Teresa’s plight unveiled as if a documentary, uncovers the filthy facilities and limited choices available to care for the mentally ill and their families.
SWIMMING IN THE MOON has the same delicious flavor of America’s history that Pamela Schoenewaldt brought out in her novel When We Were Strangers. Her compassion and love for the immigrant stories that shaped America have a compelling appeal. A sensitive novel to treasure that will live on in your heart.
In his much awaited sequel, CRIES OF THE LOST, Chris Knopf takes the reader on the quest to find out “who was Florencia?” Arthur Cathcart teams up wit...moreIn his much awaited sequel, CRIES OF THE LOST, Chris Knopf takes the reader on the quest to find out “who was Florencia?” Arthur Cathcart teams up with companion Natsumi Fitzgerald and together assume multiple disguises to elude discovery. All Arthur really knows about his wife is that she came from Chile. As the story begins the two are headed to the Cayman Islands to attempt the retrieval of whatever was left in her safety deposit box. Although he successfully obtained her assets from her secret account at the First Australia Bank electronically, the box from her account, required his appearance.
Chris Knopf is an inventor of complex intrigue in a digital age. The journey Arthur begins, leads him and Natsumi on a daring escapade as if they are on a global scavenger hunt. Each revelation uncovered, presents another question to chase. The two manage to stay one step ahead of the killer, and one step ahead of the law. The action is swift with a continuous “in the nick of time” drama, mystery and. The author balances the danger and unknown with the humorous witty banter, delivered in a natural cadence between Arthur and Natsumi.
CRIES OF THE LOST is an engrossing novel that will challenge your cognition as you attempt to solve and unravel the plot. Chris Knopf’s has a gifted imagination that promises spectacular and unexpected adventure to engage readers. With the successful pairing of Arthur and Natsumi, a third book would be welcomed. CRIES OF THE LOST will undoubtedly be a 2013 Best Pick.
DISCLOSURE: I received an advance copy of this novel from The Permanent Press.
GHELLOW ROAD, a literary diary will consume your attention from the first page. It is a coming of age story about a young girl named Theresa. Promoted...moreGHELLOW ROAD, a literary diary will consume your attention from the first page. It is a coming of age story about a young girl named Theresa. Promoted as a novel, the author admits much is drawn from childhood experiences. You will find this to be a rich heartfelt novel of a family devastated by a mother with serious mental illness. I will forgo the short summary as it would spoil the reader’s experience, but instead offer a glimpse, as a prologue to a play about to unfold.
The story takes place in a small town called International Falls with a population just over 10,000, somewhere in Minnesota. Theresa was born in 1965 smothered by the love of two parents and a brother, Mikie. In diary format throughout, we learn about her life, her point of view. She was five when she first realized there was something very wrong with her mother. Although her mother most often demonstrated her love, with affectionate kisses and endearing names, Theresa knew things weren’t right. She would often disappear, she heard things, she had a look. When this happened, Theresa and Mikie would often end up at the homes of various relatives. One day, they are betrayed by their loving Dad, who had always been the stable parent. Their future is bleak.
The main protagonist is Theresa, outwardly happy and sometimes shy who despite the odds, makes many very good friends. Yet, inside she is a cacophony of conflict, desperately seeking stability and a normal life. Once, she is told by a palm reader.... “it doesn’t matter what a man’s name is or where it is that he may take you. The only true force in life is l-o-v-e. Look for a man who has love for you in his heart, and it is there that you will find the meaning of happiness on this earth.”
An unforgettable novel that puts a spotlight on mental illness and its corrosive potential on families. My apologies to the author, for not reading her book sooner as it is my only regret. T.H. Waters as written an inspirationally affecting novel that will beguile every reader.
Disclosure: This was a free book provided by the publisher for an honest review.
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When Independence Day approached this year, I searched my backlog of TBR books and without hesitation selected BLOOD OF TYRANTS. Skeptics may question...moreWhen Independence Day approached this year, I searched my backlog of TBR books and without hesitation selected BLOOD OF TYRANTS. Skeptics may question whether another book about our first president would offer new insight. Logan Bierne has written a dramatic and entertaining history of George Washington pulled from his research. It is a completely enveloping read, with lesser known anecdotes and stories about George Washington to satisfy the curious. For example, Did you know his teeth were made from hippopotamus ivory and human teeth, not from wood?
As our country struggled to emerge as a united collection of states, Congress wanted to micromanage the war through Washington’s leadership. This approach failed miserably. It became clear to Congress that they needed to delegate full control for the armed services to George Washington, their Commander in Chief. With this decision, the American Revolution changed direction with the outcome destined for success in the hands of George Washington. That Congress would grant such absolute power to one individual is surprising. Just imagine how difficult it would be to change the Commander in Chief’s job description today, in the middle of a war. Had Washington faced our current divisive partisan politicians on Capitol Hill what results might the country have suffered?
BLOOD OF TYRANTS shows how the Presidency of the United States and the role of Commander in Chief merged as a result of the American Revolution. When deciding the role of America’s President, the people looked to the brilliant leadership shown by George Washington, a proven success. According to Bierne, some believed Washington had an immortal bullet-proof shield of protection that kept him safe. He was known to be an active inspirational commander, brave and fearless who wanted to protect all Americans, Patriots and Loyalists for the good of the new nation.
Logan Beirne has a deliberate purpose as he presents a focused approach specifically on the role of Commander in Chief in America’s early political theater. BLOOD OF TYRANTS will astound readers with new awareness. Without a doubt it promises to provide much discussion and reflection among readers, both students and historians. One of my best pick reads for 2013.
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Age Interest: 10+ Young adult captivating fantasy. Once again orphans are the main characters of this magical time travel adventure. I read this mainly...moreAge Interest: 10+ Young adult captivating fantasy. Once again orphans are the main characters of this magical time travel adventure. I read this mainly to attract student interest, and it has been a successful recommendation, after cliff-hanger book-talks. Some young readers may be overwhelmed with the book's length, but those who don't focus on counting pages will soon become absorbed with the gripping beginning. Three children pulled mysteriously from their home with their parent's consent, seemingly for their protection, live an uncertain life as orphans. Kate remembers her mother, and the promise she made to her to take care of her two siblings. One day they are adopted by a strange man and sent to a quasi-orphans home. It seems odd when they discover they are the only orphans on the premises. Soon they are wrapped up in an intriguing story that somehow involves them. The Book of Beginnings is a curious book, The Emerald Atlas. It holds the promise of infinite power for the one who possesses it. Naturally, evil and good prepare to fight to control the magical tome. With a hint of Indiana Jones peril and close calls, the end concludes with obvious plans for a sequel.
Book 2, The Fire Chronicle (Books of Beginning) was released in October 2012. At this age students have a sense of comfort when they read books in a series. John Stephens delivers that in this engaging and continuous journey of fantasy adventure that young readers crave. (less)