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The Darkest Path
3.89
At times filled with scary comparisons that could totally happen (just check out the endpages that have a picture of the takeover from The Glorious Pa...more
not set
Jul 27, 2013
 
Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport
3.91
It's emotional to read a story about hundreds of husbands and wives who knew the only way to save their Jewish children was to put them on trains and...more
not set
Oct 26, 2013
 
The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)
4.29
**spoiler alert** Oh how sad I am to see this series end. The series was such an easy, engrossing, and larger-than-life story with a fantastic main ch...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 26, 2014
 
Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI
3.96
A YA lit memoir of a 19 year old in Iraq... while most wouldn't stop to appreciate the emotion behind his adventure, it is an eye-opening story, made...more
not set
Feb 20, 2010
 
Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America
3.49
A nicely done and very comprehensive graphic novel about the history of the Chinese in the United States and Canada (hence the subtitle about their hi...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
 
Assassin's Accomplice
3.55
A very focused nonfiction of the life of Mary Surratt, convicted and hanged-- the first woman-- for her connection with the assassination of the presi...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
 
Game (Jasper Dent #2)
4.18
**spoiler alert** What a page-turner! I literally was reading underneath my paperwork and keyboard to finish even when I should have been working. The...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
 
The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
3.69
A beautifully simple but alarmingly deep look at the Bronte sisters and their brother Branwell and their life in the parsonage. Now, it details everyt...more
Dec 2013
Dec 17, 2013
 
China Dolls
3.54
Lisa See really knows how to tell a story, however she decides to tell it, but the fact that most revolve around relationships between women, doesn't...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
 
Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story
3.91
A simple story about the cost of war on one family who made it through the Holocaust. Written about the Blumenthal family, Walter and Ruth and their k...more
May 18, 2014
May 18, 2014
 
Out of the Easy
4.06
I'm becoming a fast fan of Sepetys and am enjoying this renaissance of southern charm and atmosphere oozing in YA literature lately (see Beautiful Cre...more
Mar 14, 2013
Feb 28, 2013
 
"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
4.13
AMAZING! I just read Chasing Lincoln's Killer and now read an ARC for "The President Has Been Shot!" and wow, the amazing amount of period photographs...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
 
I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier
3.97
**spoiler alert** A vividly described "teen" version of being a SEAL, with a lot less personal story like The Warrior's Heart and more about the actua...more
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
 
The Testing (The Testing, #1)
3.98
I would beg to disagree a little with Maberry's comments that "The Testing is a chilling and devious dystopian thriller", instead I think it was more...more
Nov 2013
Nov 11, 2013
 
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
4.12
An amazing set of stories from the Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust. For me, these stories are new and the pictures embedded within the stories...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.34
I don't think it's worth ALL the hype it's been getting but I will continue the series. I think my initial reaction was that it started off weak but t...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
 
People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression
4.03
This I read on a plane ride west and completely enjoying the history lesson. The stories include The White Rose (Holocaust/WWII/Hitler), Rosa Parks, A...more
not set
Sep 06, 2012
 
The Fallout (The Compound, #2)
3.67
**spoiler alert** A competent reader would understand early on that dead never really means dead in science fiction, so when, fairly late in the story...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
 
Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)
3.95
**spoiler alert** While a bit long-winded, I found Blankman's historical fiction about Hitler's mysteriousness fascinating. Blankman does good to add...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
 
Schools of Hope: How Julius Rosenwald Helped Change African American Education
4.11
This book truly inspires in readers what it means to do good philanthropically, even mentioning that Gates and Buffet have followed in Rosenwald's foo...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
 
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
3.80
How very cool this graphic novel is-- part nonfiction, part historical fiction and told with three distinct women's voices from the science of primate...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
 
The Lowland
3.79
As with many novels that are heavy on narrative and light on dialogue, I find them hard to get in to and follow because I need a bit more "action" ie...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
 
Crewel (Crewel World, #1)
3.79
**spoiler alert** So inventive and unique, I'm mad that I waited so long to read it (though happy because I can read the next one without waiting so l...more
Feb 2014
Feb 01, 2014
 
Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures
3.64
The subtitle telling you that it is a book of 23 stories of first flights, scientific missions, and gravity-breaking adventures is spot on because one...more
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
 
My Name Is Mary Sutter
3.78
I think if Oliveira's writing was just a bit stronger/more developed, then this would be a phenomenally moving story a la Mudbound or Mary Coin, but t...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
 
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg
4.05
A fascinating nonfiction mystery about what became of Raoul Wallenberg after years of service in helping Jews escape the war using his Swedish connect...more
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
On a Clear Day
2.44
I enjoyed the super-smart math whiz, Dahlia, and her life's situation where she'd like to make an impact. She joins a motley crew of young up-and-come...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
 
Death in Saratoga Springs
3.16
The second in a series of Gilded Age mysteries, O’Brien sets the tone, atmosphere, and hardships in the time period of the late nineteenth century. Fo...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
 
Tsarina
3.67
Alexei Romanov's heart belongs to Natalya, and even though they've not officially become engaged, they are in love and most know it. But as the Red's...more
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
 
Nineteen Minutes
4.06
**spoiler alert** I wish I could like Picoult's books more than I do because they do seem inventive in a Law and Order ripped-from-the-headlines kind...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
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