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Sipping from the Nile: My Exodus from Egypt
Jean Naggar was an Italian Jewish national who was born and grew up in Colonial Egypt. Her family was fluent in Italian, French and English and used t ...more
May 15, 2012
May 11, 2012
The Sayings Of Lao Tzu
Short book of the sayings ot Lao Tzu the founder of Taoism. I had a student who was Tao once and because of my knowledge barrier and our language barr ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Her: A Memoir
Her is a very moving sad book about a woman who's twin dies of a drug overdose at the young age of 27 leaving her feeling as if half of her deteriorat ...more
Dec 28, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories
This is an amazing collection of short stories and two novels by Patricia Highsmith. She became popular again when her novel The Talented Mr. Ripley w ...more
Jul 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
San Francisco (Lonely Planet)
Really great travel book. I've been to San Francisco a couple of times so I could really identify with this book. I thought it contained really good i ...more
Aug 26, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
Althea & Oliver
This is one of the best Young Adult novels I've read in years. The dialog is respectful and the presentation of the characters is the same way. Many b ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 16, 2014
Twenty-Two Years a Slave, Forty Years a Free Man
I chose this slavery account because a lot of the story takes place in or near Rochester NY where I live. Austin Steward was a slave born in Virginia ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
Empire State (Empire State, #1)
Rad is a private detective in a city named Empire State which sounds similar to New York City but is different in some ways. The weather often seems t ...more
Mar 28, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
Murder in the High Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy and Escape from Tibet
Terrific story about a group of Tibetans, many women and children, trying to escape from Tibet, only to be shot down by Chinese Authorities. The story ...more
Jun 2011
May 27, 2011
Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life
Gerald Shea is one of the elite. His family is well to do and traveling around the world is nothing to them. He went Andover, Yale and Columbia Law sc ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq
This book was brought to my attention by one of my high school students and I can't thank her enough for it. This is a terrific YA book about a young ...more
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist
This is a young adult book written in free prose. It tells the story of a real life person named Gertrudis Gomez de Avellanedo. She belonged to the ar ...more
Dec 19, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
This picture book about Albert Einstein provides some great details about his life and about learning and individuality. Einstein, as a young child, s ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Dec 08, 2013
The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton to the New Frontiers of American Power
This a wonderfully written book by a BBC journalist who traveled with Hillary Clinton for 4 years as she became Secretary of State. The author provide ...more
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 01, 2013
My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me
I love Julianne Moore and her acting, this is the first book I've read of hers, she is apparently the author ambassador for Save the Children. A young ...more
Dec 04, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories
I discovered some of these wonderful short stories when they were read by actors on Selected Shorts. I googled the stories and found them on the New Y ...more
May 24, 2014
May 15, 2014
Crash and Burn
A talky, frenetic young adult novel about a boy with ADHD and LD nicknamed Crash and a mentally unstable boy who bullies him beginning in late middle ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Feb 03, 2013
Eddie Signwriter: A Novel
Eddie Signwriter seems like a beautifully written book and in fact the first part of the story is mesmerizing but with so many story points, the story ...more
Sep 17, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand
This book was given to me as a First Read on Goodreads. I have to admit I know little of French history and modern French politics. I am a regular rea ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
A moving novel told in the voices of three people about slavery in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Wash, short tor Washington, is a child when ...more
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery
I found this book totally absorbing and fascinating. A young woman from a good family goes missing in Washington D. C. and is found to be having an af ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America
Rachel and Her Children was published in 1988 and based on events around Christmas 1985 when Jonathan Kozol decided to take a look at the Martinique H ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture's Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been
I had never heard of sh** rough drafts before so was surprised at the content. This is a quick fun read of alterations of famous novels, movies and TV ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
I liked this book and agree with the points the author makes. But even while my school read this for a book group. the pressure in the school and in t ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
I really love books by Demi so had no problem picking up this one. Demi tells her stories beautifully and always includes information I had never know ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
Fugue State
Very satisfying book about a young man from a small city in Alaska who gets into potential legal trouble and flees to join the marines to escape justi ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide
I was unsure I would like this book and thought I would find it a bit shallow view of using technology in the classroom. the book is an overview of te ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe
Riveted is a mass market science book much in the same vein as Inheritance which I've read earlier this year. I was given this book by Goodreads in th ...more
May 26, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
This was an ok book which only faintly held my attention. It is the story of Hattie a woman who travels from the South to Philadelphia. When she arriv ...more
Dec 06, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
I read this book on Kindle which was great. The graphics on my Kindle Fire and my iPad were quite nice. I just didn't get engaged in the story and fou ...more
Jun 07, 2013
May 23, 2013
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