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Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I
3.76
***½
As a fan of historical fiction, I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book or not, but I found myself drawn into an ancient world where Matilda, the fir...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
Fascinating—not only in the revelation of medical ethics and cell ownership once extricated from the body, but in the determination of the author who...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
 
Flyover Lives: A Memoir
2.79
After having read two of Johnson’s novels which I enjoyed very much, I was disappointed with this history of her family and early childhood. Her stori...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 03, 2014
 
The Women Who Wrote the War
3.97
This book is important in that it reveals the independence and bravery of a group of women, most of whom I’d never heard of before. It was difficult...more
Nov 2004
Feb 13, 2009
 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
4.28
Reading this book was the perfect follow-up to having just watched Stephen Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.” To learn first hand through Wilkerson’s intervi...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
 
The Invisible Woman
3.75
This is a very convincing account of a thirteen year affair between Charles Dickens and the young actress Nelly Ternan. Dickens was 45 with an establi...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
 
Father Joe Father Joe Father Joe
3.66
A Benedictine monk’s day is divided between work and prayer. Dom Joseph Warrilow, who became a monk at nineteen and lived in seclusion at Quarr Abbey...more
Nov 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
4.00
This book is about more than genocide and the horrors that have happened and are still happening in the world today. It’s about the strength and resi...more
Jun 11, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
The River of Doubt
4.17
A fascinating portrayal of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. He displayed extraordinary fortitude and endurance in the last...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
4.20
I applaud Tracy Kidder for writing this inspirational book about selfless individuals like Paul Farmer and his colleagues. Farmer is a physician who h...more
Aug 28, 2011
Feb 11, 2009
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
3.70
For a non-fiction scientific book, I found it surprisingly readable, in fact, I was fascinated, not so much for the scientific discoveries contributed...more
Apr 23, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
 
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
4.08
This is a love story between a man and a horse. It reads like a fairy tale, as Snowman, the former plow horse, is saved from the slaughterhouse by Ha...more
Oct 2013
Jun 18, 2012
 
Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
4.15
When our reading group discussed this book, it provoked a lively discussion. We were all reminded of various things we liked (or didn’t like) about th...more
Oct 1996
Apr 23, 2009
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
It’s hard to understand the fascination that exists with Nazi Germany given the unbelievable horror of the topic, but I admit that I’m one of those wh...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.36
One of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time. Brown tells the story of the rowing team from the University of Washington who captured go...more
Aug 02, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
 
Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
3.87
All I could think of while reading this book, is that things haven’t changed. The Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds are still in conflict and America has now...more
Jan 2005
Jan 27, 2009
 
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
3.84
Completed in 1928, The Oxford English Dictionary took 70 years to finish. It consists of 12 volumes, 414,825 words defined, and 1,827,306 illustrative...more
Feb 03, 2012
Nov 14, 2011
 
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
4.03
Although interesting as an historical document, this book lacks the intensity of similar books recounting disasters like The Perfect Storm and Into Th...more
Sep 2000
Feb 01, 2009
 
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
3.67
Although I enjoyed the many interesting incites into the crazy and obsessive world of orchid collecting, I was disappointed in the book as a whole. It...more
Mar 2001
Feb 01, 2009
 
Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller
4.01
I became interested in learning more about Ms. Dinesen after reading her memoir “Out Of Africa,” that I read previous to this—still haven’t come acros...more
Jan 1986
May 03, 2011
 
Peter Freuchen's Famous Book of the Eskimos
4.29
I’ve had this book forever and read it long ago. It’s an excellent comprehensive study of a civilization shrouded in mystery. What I remember being mo...more
Jan 1963
Nov 26, 2010
 
Mark Twain A-Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Writings
4.29
A reference tool for Mark Twain lovers that covers everything about his work and the man himself, including his contemporaries. It has information on...more
Jan 1999
Jan 26, 2011
 
Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People
4.08
Picked up this delightful book about folk musician Woody Guthrie after viewing an exhibition about him at the Tacoma Art Museum several years ago. Cam...more
Jan 2007
Mar 21, 2012
 
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
4.15
This was the best non-fiction book I’d read in a long time—a real page turner. I learned a lot about horse racing and fell in love with the little hor...more
Apr 2003
Mar 27, 2009
 
Longitude
3.93
This book tells about the determination of John Harrison to create the perfect time piece that would withstand the rigors of an ocean voyage and still...more
May 05, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
 
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America
3.72
A remarkable achievement that deserved to be recorded, but the story is only half-told because of the loss and destruction of Helga’s journals and me...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.78
Obama's rise from an unstable background is nothing short of remarkable. He's an excellent writer.
Apr 2008
Jan 25, 2009
 
The Soloist (Movie Tie-In): A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
3.85
In a rat infested LA slum, surrounded by the lost souls of poverty and crime, journalist Steve Lopez stumbles on a middle-aged black man playing Beeth...more
Jun 2013
Apr 10, 2013
 
Firehouse
3.92
Not only is this book inciteful regarding the life of firemen in New York City, it offers a wonderful tribute to the men who lost their lives—giving u...more
Jul 2003
Feb 11, 2009
 
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
4.32
Although this book started out slowly, I found myself gripped by the unfolding story. It is astonishing that Shackleton and his men were able to endur...more
Jun 2005
Jan 26, 2009
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