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First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
really liked it
This book details the White House lives of modern First Ladies from Jackie Kennedy through Michelle Obama. Each woman is profiled from the time their ...more
Jan 16, 2017
May 10, 2016
The Wright Brothers
it was amazing
I love David McCullough's writing and the way he brings historical characters to life. The Wright Brothers follows the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wri ...more
Feb 22, 2016
Mar 01, 2015
The Pearl (Illustrated Edition)
really liked it
This short story of Steinbeck explores the topics of good vs. evil and greed. Kino and his wife Juana live at the coast of Mexico. They are among the ...more
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 15, 2017
No ordinary time : Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the home front in World War II
it was amazing
An excellent, very well researched and written account of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in the years leading up to WWII and follows through to their ...more
Mar 02, 2017
Nov 15, 2012
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
really liked it
Have you ever dreamed of living in the time of Jane Eyre? Gone With the Wind? Do you desire to float around in big hoop skirts and highly styled hair ...more
Nov 20, 2016
Aug 23, 2016
really liked it
A very well written, detailed account of the life of Charles A. Lindbergh from birth to death. Everything is covered from the famous first flight acro ...more
Apr 02, 2017
Dec 02, 2016
Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics
really liked it
Unreasonable Men covers the rise of progressive politics at the turn of the century from the end of Teddy Roosevelt's tenure as President, during Taft ...more
Jun 27, 2016
Sep 11, 2015
The Enchanted April
it was amazing
This classic is such a cute read. The story begins in the 1920s with Mrs. Wilkins reading a newspaper advertisement for the rental of an Italian castl ...more
not set
Apr 26, 2013
All the Light We Cannot See
really liked it
All the Light We Cannot See is a beautifully written tale of Marie-Laure LeBlanc and Werner Pfennig. Marie-Laure is a blind young woman living in Pari ...more
Oct 26, 2015
Jul 12, 2014
America's First Daughter
really liked it
This is the fictionalized story of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, the oldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson. Drawing on the letters of Thomas Jeffer ...more
Jul 02, 2017
Mar 11, 2016
Bomber Girls
liked it
This is a short quick read about the women of the British Air Transport Auxiliary, a group formed to back up the Royal Air Force. During World War II, ...more
not set
Nov 28, 2016
Invincible Louisa
really liked it
This is a short biography of the life of Louisa May Alcott. The book begins with an introduction to her parents and their life growing up until they m ...more
Aug 13, 2016
Jul 15, 2016
Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
really liked it
Encounters at the Heart of the World is a detailed history of the Mandan people from the Missouri river valley area of North Dakota. This is a tribe t ...more
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 14, 2015
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
it was amazing
This is the story of General Alex Dumas, the father of famed author Alexandre Dumas, père. General Dumas was the son of a black slave woman and a Fren ...more
Jan 30, 2017
Dec 19, 2016
84, Charing Cross Road
really liked it
Helene Hanff, American author and screenwriter had a thing for English books. In 1949 she wrote a little used bookstore in London inquiring about a li ...more
Oct 20, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
really liked it
This is a short book on handling grief, or as the author calls it "Option B". That's the plan you have to go with when life takes you off course and o ...more
May 31, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Loving Eleanor
liked it
Lorena "Hick" Hickok was an AP journalist who covered Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt's wife Eleanor in the late 20s. She met the first lady of New ...more
Sep 29, 2016
Nov 04, 2015
Go Set a Watchman
really liked it
Do not expect To Kill a Mockingbird. On the surface Go Set a Watchman is about race relations in the 50s, in the south. Scout, who has been living in ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
liked it
This is a very, very, very exhaustive and detailed tome on Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. He was quite a man and a pioneer in the steamship and railr ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
Their Eyes Were Watching God
really liked it
A true southern classic, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of a black woman in 1930s Florida who tries to find her way in ...more
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 12, 2015
The Silver Baron's Wife
really liked it
This is the fictionalized story of Baby Doe Tabor, the wife of Horace Tabor who made his riches in the Colorado Matchless Mine and subsequently lost i ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 03, 2016
#Berlin45: The Final Days of Hitler's Third Reich (Hashtag Histories)
it was ok
I really wanted to like #Berlin45 but I thought it was a #fail. I love the premise of seeing the last days of Berlin during WWII play out as if social ...more
Mar 26, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
it was amazing
One Man Against the World should perhaps be subtitled The Tragedy of America. The effects of Nixon's actions throughout his political career, left an ...more
Dec 05, 2015
Oct 23, 2015
The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet
liked it
This book is a companion to the documentary Forks Over Knives which discusses a plant-based diet and its effects on a person's health. The authors pos ...more
Jan 17, 2017
Jan 17, 2017
The Secrets of Lizzie Borden
liked it
This book is the fictionalized account of the life of Lizzie Borden from her young life in Fall River, Massachusetts to her death. The book supposes t ...more
Oct 31, 2016
Nov 05, 2015
it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have been a fan of Stephen King for many years and loved this departure from his usual stuff. This novel is full of ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Nov 23, 2011
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
it was amazing
Carry Me Home is a thorough account of the history of the fight for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama. McWhorter gives detailed background on the po ...more
Jun 21, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
it was amazing
Gilbert King did an amazing job chronicling Thurgood Marshall's involvement in the case of the Groveland Boys. In 1949, among the orange groves of rur ...more
Apr 28, 2016
Mar 01, 2016
The Flying Circus
it was amazing
Once again, I am gushing over the latest Susan Crandall book. Like Whistling Past the Graveyard, Crandall tells a story of unlikely characters that co ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Dec 31, 2014
The End of Your Life Book Club
really liked it
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe was a bit of a tough read for me. As a 2x cancer survivor, I remember vividly the chemo treatments, lo ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
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