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Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book
3.90
I absolutely loved this book that I randomly picked up in the new nonfiction section at the library! It was a narrative nonfiction about Hungarian/Bri...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
 
African Queen: The Real Life of the Hottentot Venus
3.44
A well-done and well-researched biography/history of Saartijie Baartman, the so called Hottentot Venus from South Africa, it tells her whole tragic st...more
May 25, 2011
May 22, 2011
 
Edward The Rake: An Unwholesome Biography Of Edward VII
3.33
I've been wanting to read this ever since I watched the BBC miniseries "The Duchess of Duke Street" about a famous female chef who was a mistress of E...more
Aug 03, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
 
Snowflake Bentley
4.13
This book won the 1999 Caldecott Award, and I must agree with some others that have said that it was nice that a non-fiction book won. I will say thou...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
 
Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond
4.22
I found this by accident in the new cookbook section at the library. I love Japanese food, so I’m always on the lookout for new cookbooks. I had heard...more
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
 
America's Ethan Allen
2.77
I will admit, that I was a little hesitant to read this as the last book illustrated by Lynd Ward ("The Biggest Bear", which won the 1953 Caldecott Aw...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
 
Locomotive
4.21
There was a bit of a wait on this book and I can understand why. This was a truly fascinating book and I know this, and the fabulously detailed illust...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
 
In My Father's Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate
3.67
I picked this up in the new book section because it sounded intriguing. It reminded me a lot of my best friend, although not an Afghani, she is caught...more
Mar 04, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
 
Home is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China
3.88
I picked up this up from the travel/foreign history section on a whim, after loving my last choice from there ("In My Father's Country" by Saima Wahab...more
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
 
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
3.82
I am reading the paperback version of this book with 192 pages. I have tried reading this book several times before, but the denseness of the text (es...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
 
Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook
4.00
I picked this book up by chance when I was looking for Thanksgiving cookbooks (a bit off I know, but I love to browse the cookbook section at the libr...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
Normally I can't get through nonfiction/biographies in audiobook format because I get bored, but this book was definitely the exception. I had seen a...more
May 13, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln
3.52
This was an odd, but intriguing look into Abraham Lincoln's early adult life from 1837-1842. This was after he got off his father's farm, and had trav...more
Jan 2013
Dec 16, 2012
 
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
4.10
I've been wanting to read this book for awhile, so when I saw it was on the Newbery Honor list for 2013 (which is my new Challenge for 2014), I had to...more
Dec 12, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
 
They Were Strong and Good
3.36
Ok, I know this book is outdated (contains racial stereotypes of African-Americans and Native Americans) but I rather enjoyed it. It was the mostly tr...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
 
So You Want to Be President?
3.90
This book was the 2001 Caldecott Award winner, though I must preferred "Casey at the Bat" or "Olivia" to win that year as I thought they were much bet...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
 
Black Forest Cuisine
4.06
I have actually been in the Black Forest when I was 16, right outside of Stuttgart, and thought it was lovely. I loved this cookbook of Black Forest f...more
Apr 2011
Mar 31, 2011
 
The Poet King of Tezcoco: A Great Leader of Ancient Mexico
4.00
I found this book by accident while searching for a book on Mexican craft projects. This is a book for upper elementary and young adults and is about...more
Apr 06, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
 
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
3.87
Normally I like a really in-depth look at art history, but this time it just annoyed me. This book was supposed to be an in-between book but it was ta...more
Mar 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
The Sad Night: The Story of an Aztec Victory and a Spanish Loss
3.79
"The Sad Night" is the true story of the rise of the Aztec people, the arrival of the person they thought was their feathered serpent-god Quetzacoatl...more
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
 
When I Was a Boy Neruda Called Me Policarpo
3.80
Bizarre book. I originally picked it up b/c I am a huge Neruda fan and am fascinated with the kid's books about him that I've found, i.e. Deborah Koga...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
 
Hanoi Street Food: Cooking & Travelling in Vietnam
4.00
I really enjoyed this travel food diary by the author and culinary tour director, Tom Vandenberghe. He really gives you a behind-the-scenes view on st...more
May 28, 2012
May 29, 2012
 
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
4.32
This book was a 2007 Caldecott Honor Winner but definitely gives the winner, "Flotsam", a run for the money. It has, as another reviewer has said, stu...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr.
4.40
This book won a 2002 Caldecott Honor, but I would've read it anyway because I like the author. I will say that I have a very hit and miss relationship...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
John, Paul, George & Ben
4.21
I picked this one up randomly as I love Lane Smith’s work. It almost sounds like a Beatles story, but is instead a book about our founding fathers and...more
Nov 25, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
 
An American ABC
2.43
This book won a 1942 Caldecott honor (though my favorite winner book from that year is "Paddle-To-The-Sea"). As other reviewers have said it is a bit...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
 
The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
4.14
I got this book for two reasons. I had watched the first season of the BBC show "Call the Midwife" and loved it, so when I found out it was based on t...more
May 19, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
 
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
4.05
Heart and soul is a very well done history of African Americans in the United States (1700s - present day), narrated from the point of view of a South...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
 
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
3.98
I've been wanting to read this book for ages, but the audiobook version has been on hold forever, so when i found a print copy, I jumped at the chance...more
Apr 14, 2013
Sep 20, 2012
 
The Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather's Secret Past and How Hitler Seduced a Generation
3.63
After listening to the most excellent biography "In the Garden of Beasts," which was about the American Ambassador to Germany during the rise of Hitle...more
Jun 07, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
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