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Warmth of Other Suns, The: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
I remember that even we, with as little money as we had, had three members of a local black family working for us down in Alabama on Chickadale Farm. ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Jul 10, 2011
The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures
Louis Theroux is the host for television documentaries featuring people on the fringes of society: Pimps, hookers, white supremacists, porn stars. In ...more
Mar 28, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
So ..... I'm crazy about the Downton Abbey PBS series -and it is interesting to read about the REAL people the series is loosely based on. But I staye ...more
Jun 28, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
A Thousand Mornings
Every Christmas season my book group has a poetry reading. So I, who am not a poetry reader by nature, scramble around to find that perfect, meaningfu ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl is troubled. She divorced her husband, who she still claims to love, made up a new last name, peeled herself away from her heroin fueled lover ...more
May 27, 2013
Oct 30, 2012
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, [#1])
It's not just about LBJ - although it certainly IS about him.

It's about power. People who love it, are determined to get it, and how they stomp along
May 17, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
I should have been able to read this book in just a few hours. Not only is it a very slim book – but the chapters are nice and short and there are eve ...more
Jul 02, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
For a proper tip I might be persuaded to add another star.

I felt uneasy. Like the author was trying to bully me into letting the bellhop carry my bag
Feb 05, 2015
Nov 11, 2014
Peace Is Every Step
I wish I was mindful. I wish I could breathe deeply and smoothly; live in the moment; stay still for more that 2 minutes. Reading things like these gi ...more
Dec 11, 2014
May 04, 2014
Death is stalking. Calling sweetly. The children have hooks. Husband is just like daddy. Hurt, death and cruelty are made stunningly beautiful.
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Without a Map
I’m a fiction reader. I only read nonfiction if I somehow feel that it is an assignment. Maybe it’s the book we’re discussing in one of my book clubs, ...more
Sep 22, 2008
Sep 15, 2008
I read this book while watching thick gooey tar-balls wash up on my beloved Gulf of Mexico beaches. Watching another disaster roll in on a community t ...more
Jun 07, 2010
Aug 17, 2009
Birmingham Then and Now
This had the potential of being so good. Historic photos of Birmingham on one side - then a current photo of what the building, or the site of the bui ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Hey Ann. So good to meet you. Oh my gosh I am such of fan! Bel Canto is one of my favorites. But, I really knew nothing about you. I don't want to kno ...more
Jun 12, 2015
Apr 03, 2014
Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Oh this was a horrible horrible tragedy. She was lucky and at the same time very unlucky. But someone else really needed to tell her story. It is so f ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Jun 01, 2010
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
My main concerns with this book is that the message that I kept receiving was that the women SHE means, when she says lean in, are those women who go ...more
May 21, 2013
May 04, 2013
Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. One
What made this book so much fun was building a play list while I read. I used Spotify and found just about everything listed. Full of wacky people who ...more
Jul 02, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers
I read this at the same time that I was reading the 3rd of the LBJ biographies. They were excellent companion reads. Most everything covered in this s ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
Body Clutter: Love Your Body, Love Yourself
I think the author means to give you new, useful information. But it was neither for me. A bit of a waste of time. But now its off my shelf and there' ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Sep 04, 2007
Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
I've been going to New Orleans at least once a year (many years twice) since 1981. I pride myself on knowing the otbt places. I have my regular things ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
Cleopatra: A Life
I began listening to this audio book assuming this was going to be a historical fiction work based loosely on Cleopatra's life. Let's just say I was w ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Thank You for Your Service
There is no way you will enjoy this book. You will probably be pissed that the high ratings swayed you to read it. These are troubling, troubling stor ...more
Mar 05, 2014
Dec 20, 2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This is a book that deserves care, dignity and much thought before it is reviewed. But I have finally decided unless I don't just plop one right down ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Jun 20, 2010
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
I don’t remember ever hearing about the Hmong. But after reading this book, what I don’t know, I’m now curious enough to find out. Every conversation ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 13, 2007
See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America
Logan and Heather, who both spent some of their early years in Alabama, decide that they need to make a change in their life. They have become far to ...more
Sep 2007
Jul 18, 2007
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character
This memoir was my introduction to Richard Feynman. And the more I find out about him the more amazed I am that this was my first exposure to this str ...more
Jul 12, 2010
Mar 18, 2009
Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers
Since the book is called Thirty Ways of looking at Hillary - you'd think the ways would be all different. But even thought each writer certainly has t ...more
May 24, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
The Frontiersmen
I never, ever thought I would enjoy a book about Indians and Indian fighters – but yes, I believe I did: All 665 pages of it (including extensive chap ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Aug 17, 2009
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir
Not as good as I hoped - but not as bad as I feared. In fact pretty dang interesting. It left me wanting to know more about the patients in Carvelle, ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
I got this for Craig for Christmas - because he is such a current events man. He said I should read it too. I was not sure. I prefer to have watered d ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Dec 20, 2013
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