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& Sons
3.37
it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like it had all the ingredients for a good read--two parallel stories of fathers, one very famous, who ha ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
 
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
3.71
liked it
I really enjoy Anna Quindlen's style and her writing is unsurpassed. This book was enjoyable, but as a working slightly past middle aged woman, I foun ...more
not set
Apr 13, 2012
 
Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons
3.97
it was amazing
When I lived in Virginia, I would hear stories about the maroon slaves who had lived in the Dismal Swamp. This piqued my interest about marronnage, bu ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2013
 
San Miguel
3.67
really liked it
San Miguel Island is the strongest character in this novel. The island is seen through the eyes of three different women, who lived on the island duri ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2012
 
A Walk Across the Sun
4.13
really liked it
Addison has written a page-turner on an important aspect of society that we read about once in a while in the newspapers and then file away in our min ...more
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
3.83
really liked it
This book is part of the Muslim Journeys bookshelf, a grant program sponsored by the NEH to support discussion and knowledge of different cultures. Me ...more
Aug 13, 2013
Sep 01, 2013
 
The Hunt Club (Huger Dillard, #1)
3.16
really liked it
I recently attended a reading by Bret Lott and one of the books he chose was The Hunt Club, saying that he chose this in honor of librarians because t ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2014
 
Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six
3.88
really liked it
This is a harrowing story about the kidnapping of Jessica, an aide worker who worked in Somalia to make individuals aware of mines and especially to r ...more
not set
May 26, 2013
 
The Smoke at Dawn (Civil War: 1861-1865, Western Theater, #3)
4.22
it was amazing
While this book is a continuation of Shaara's Civil War historical novels, it is the first one that I read. In this book Shaara picks up at the battle ...more
not set
May 30, 2014
 
Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
4.11
really liked it
This book is our campus' Big Read for the fall semester, so while reading,it, I tried to imagine how it would be received by our incoming freshmen. Wh ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2014
 
The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation
3.86
liked it
We have a tendency to think of the bitter conflicts between politicians and political parties as something that is a relatively new phenomenon, but Fl ...more
not set
Mar 04, 2015
 
There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra
3.88
really liked it
I was very touched by this story. Achebe is an eloquent writer and his poetry and prose flows from his soul. Achebe reviews his personal history of th ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 30, 2013
 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
4.32
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The story of Joe Rantz and the other members of the 1936 University of Washington rowing team is engaging and inspirationa ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 15, 2016
 
Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
3.96
really liked it
I read this book for the Bridging Ccultures: Muslim Journeys book discussion. This is a project sponsored by the American Library Association and the ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 13, 2013
 
Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream
3.37
I just started this today. I'm teaching a UNIV 110 FYE this fall and this is the Big Read for the incoming class.
I just finished reading this. It cert
...more
Jun 09, 2009
May 10, 2009
 
Lila (Gilead, #3)
3.90
really liked it
This is the third of the Gilead trilogy, and for those familiar with the other two books on the series, the characters are familiar and feel like old ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
 
High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread
3.16
liked it
I'm a fan of Joyce Carol Oates, so I picked this up as an advance reading copy. Oates is a master of the psychological drama and, in these short stori ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
The Home Place
3.48
it was ok
I picked up an advance reading copy of this book because the cover promotion touted it as exploring the connections between self and place--and with a ...more
not set
Aug 07, 2014
 
The Girl on the Train
3.88
liked it
I heard that this book was similar to Gone Girl, which I didn't read but saw the movie, so throughout the book I was making comparisons. I'm not sure ...more
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
3.66
really liked it
When I was growing up I would hear the stories about "Rosie the Riveter" and her role in manning the factories during the war. However, I was unfamili ...more
not set
Feb 23, 2014
 
Before We Were Yours
4.46
really liked it
Avery Stafford, a young lawyer from an esteemed South Carolina political family, stumbles upon information that causes her to question her heritage an ...more
Apr 02, 2017
Apr 02, 2017
 
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
4.32
it was amazing
The Radium Girls were a group of young women who worked in the factories that painted luminous dials on watches beginning in the early 1900s and exten ...more
Apr 25, 2017
Apr 25, 2017
 
The Invention of Wings
4.23
it was amazing
I had heard of the Grimke sisters when I lived in New York, but didn't realize that they were from Charleston and now that I live in South Carolina, t ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South
3.80
really liked it
Goat Castle is a true and compelling story of a dark era in Southern history as it serves as an example of the disastrous effects of the Jim Crow Sout ...more
May 10, 2017
May 16, 2017
 
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
3.98
liked it
I received this as an advance copy. It is the third and final installment of the trilogy and, as such, Atwood attempts to tie up the loose ends from t ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2013
 
The Street Sweeper
4.13
really liked it
This novel is an ambitious undertaking and, in many respects, the author does quite well in bringing together the various characters and the multiple ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
 
The Aviator's Wife
3.87
really liked it
Having read Gifts from the Sea many years ago, I was interested in reading a bit more about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Benjamin offers a well-researched b ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
 
Songs of Willow Frost
3.64
liked it
The story of William Eng and his mother Willow Frost merges two distinct time periods and the struggles faced by being an Asian American in the 1920s ...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
 
The Malice of Fortune
3.21
liked it
This is an interesting book rich in history as Ennis weaves together the lives of Niccollo Macchiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Duke Valentino and a myste ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
 
All Different Kinds of Free
4.17
really liked it
This is a very difficult book to read since it is a primary example of "man's inhumanity to man." It's just so heartbreaking to know that we have trea ...more
not set
Jul 31, 2012
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