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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
I was excited about reading this book after reading the reviews; however, it did not live up to the kudos. I found it disjointed and strangely unaffec...more
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Feb 08, 2012
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
This series started out with a bang and was on its way to beconing one of the best epic fantasy series written. I'm not sure what happened, but around...more
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Jan 10, 2013
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
Two Separate Ratings: One for the Controversy and One for the Book

Zero Stars if Harper Lee's statement about Mills's deception is true: I don't know w...more
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Jul 18, 2014
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
The book starts out strong, but goes downhill from there, and the climax of the book was infuriating. Roland and Janine were young lovers in Alsace at...more
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May 07, 2012
The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
As technology advances, humans move further away from a relationship with nature. This trend results in an almost total reliance on technology to find...more
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Aug 25, 2013
Jesus Was Caesar: On the Julian Origin of Christianity
Calling this book provocative is an understatement. Carotta uses extremely in-depth analyses of ancient sources (Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Hebrew, Arama...more
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Dec 25, 2012
Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
I found the book superficial, oddly segmented, and full of statements that are not supported in the text. O'Connell either gave up trying to write a p...more
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Jul 10, 2014
Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Most Americans who read Olson's amazing book will be stunned to see how acrimonious the debate of whether or not to help Europe (especially England) p...more
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Jan 24, 2014
Rome: An Empire's Story
2.5 Stars.

Woolf sets himself a very ambitious goal. He states (please pardon the long quote, but it is necessary): "My subject, however, is empire its...more
Jul 27, 2014
Apr 07, 2013
Rome, Parthia & India: The Violent Emergence of a New World Order 150-140 BC
I admire Grainger's efforts to show how events occurring across widely dispersed geographical areas impact each other and future historical developmen...more
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Sep 22, 2013
The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
This is a magnificently written, remarkable, view changing book. It is impossible to write a thorough review of this 600+ page book (not to mention th...more
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Oct 07, 2011
The Bondwoman's Narrative
Although this is entitled "A Novel," recent findings indicate that it is truly a memoir, and was indeed written by a slave woman (Hannah Bond) who liv...more
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Sep 22, 2013
Viral Nation (Viral Nation, #1)
3.5 Stars. I had some difficulty getting into the book but stuck with it, and am glad I did. The writer finds her footing as the tale develops, and ev...more
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Aug 15, 2014
Marching With Caesar: Conquest of Gaul (Marching With Caesar, #2)
3.5 stars for the story, 1 star for the writing. I enjoyed the story even though it bogged down in places; however, the author needs to hire an editor...more
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Jan 19, 2013
The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy
Ionian Greece in general and Anaximander in particular discovered and developed the scientific method. Rovelli's book traces the evolution of Anaximan...more
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Feb 01, 2012
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
This is the true story of a woman in the 1950s and 1960s who kept her family of ten children fed, clothed, and sheltered by winning contests. The fami...more
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Apr 23, 2013
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
I could not finish this book. It is horribly written and seemed as though the author had a bet with someone as to how many words he could string toget...more
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Aug 30, 2013
Caesar: Politician and Statesman
This book is rightfully considered essential in any study of Caesar. Gelzer was ahead of his time in his analysis of Caesar's life as a politician and...more
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Nov 10, 2011
In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
Horrifying and terrifying account of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in WW II. Approximately 300 men went down with the ship, while the remaini...more
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Jul 01, 2013
Orphan Train
An amazing tale of a very little known episode in U.S. history. From 1854 to 1929, organizations in cities on the eastern seaboard rounded up orphaned...more
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Jun 29, 2014
Roman Life: 100 BC to AD 200
This is a beautifully illustrated book about life in various cities in Imperial Rome (first two centuries C.E.). The author approaches the data in a w...more
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Aug 25, 2014
The Invention of Wings
I read the edition without Oprah's comments and am glad I did since I think they would have seriously affected the flow and impact of the story. The "...more
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Jan 27, 2014
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
From 1938 to 1939 over 10,000 children from Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia were saved by being sent (by their parents) to England, the United Sta...more
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Dec 25, 2012
127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
I was pleasantly surprised that Ralston is a good writer for the most part. While the book is well written, I must admit that I found him to be long-w...more
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Oct 07, 2011
Man and Wound in the Ancient World: A History of Military Medicine from Sumer to the Fall of Constantinople
This book thoroughly examines military medicine in the various cultures around the Mediterranean Sea from approximately 4000 BCE to 1453 CE. The autho...more
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May 26, 2012
An Atheist in the FOXhole: A Liberal's Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media
The book contains some interesting information about the inner workings of a cable news network, but too little insight into FOX News. In addition, th...more
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Jun 21, 2013
Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction
Claudia Christian lived through some horrible events in her young life, but was able to transcend them to become a beloved and accomplished actress. H...more
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Nov 15, 2013
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
I can't agree with other reviewers who thought this book was outstanding. The main characters, who span three generations, are unhappy, resentful, and...more
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Jul 11, 2014
Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations, #5-6)
WOW!!! A fantastic conclusion to the six-book Riyria Revelations series! The four books leading up to this exciting and extremely satisfying conclusio...more
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Feb 06, 2012
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
The Romanov children did not have to die. They could have lived if their father had not been a weak ruler with little-to-no understanding of the chang...more
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Jun 23, 2014
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