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Eat, Pray, Love
3.44
Elizabeth Gilbert's novel of self-discovery is at times exasperatingly whiny and spiritually sublime, with a lot of stuff in-between. She begins the s ...more
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Sep 27, 2010
 
Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World
3.61
Charlie Chaplin was a fascinating man, and Fleischman does our youth a service by introducing this important cinematic figure to them. He would have d ...more
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Aug 27, 2010
 
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
3.95
My husband kept bugging me to read this book, and I'm glad I finally did. We have two right-brained children (artistic, creative) and this book descri ...more
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Dec 28, 2010
 
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum
3.89
Fleming has masterfully combined the story of P.T. Barnum's colorful life (he was not always a saint!) and his ever-expanding knack for show business, ...more
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Aug 05, 2010
 
The Johnstown Flood
4.07
The people of Johnstown, Pennsylvania talked about the possibility of the dam above their town breaking for years, but it was easy to discount the thi ...more
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Jan 02, 2012
 
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
4.01
When my older brother was about 3, he nearly died. His breathing was obstructed, so he was rushed to the hospital where they performed an emergency tr ...more
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Jul 16, 2012
 
Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
3.78
Another enjoyable read about World War II in the Pacific arena. This book focuses on the remarkable true story of a group of 24 soldiers and WACs (wom ...more
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Nov 23, 2011
 
A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times
3.43
The recent Olympic games should create some interest for this book, and it's a solid history with lots of fun facts and good black and white photos. T ...more
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Aug 19, 2012
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
One of the best science books I've read, Stiff is all about dead bodies. Don't read this while you are eating as it's not for the squeamish. Mary Roac ...more
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Dec 17, 2010
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
This has been on everyone's favorite list, with good reason. It's a fascinating look at science and the business behind science. Henrietta Lacks was a ...more
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Aug 14, 2011
 
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
3.76
Ever heard of Joseph Needham? Probably not, though he almost single-handedly documented the history of cultural and scientific innovations in China fr ...more
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Jul 17, 2011
 
Cleopatra: A Life
3.60
There is so much myth surrounding the enigmatic Cleopatra, and I was anxious to learn the real story. This biography is geared toward adults as Schiff ...more
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Jan 24, 2011
 
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
3.85
Philbrick does a nice, balanced job of recounting the history of the Mayflower pilgrims from their break with the Church of England, to their dangerou ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
3.87
McCullough is such a great history writer because he always finds the human interest story. In this book he follows several famous Americans as they f ...more
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Oct 10, 2012
 
Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation
3.72
Even though women have only been voting since 1920, they've been involved in and influencing politics since the founding of our nation. "Ladies of Lib ...more
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Nov 14, 2010
 
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
4.28
This had been on my "to read" list for a long time, and I kept putting it off thinking it would probably be too dry to hold my attention. Was I ever w ...more
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Mar 17, 2013
 
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
3.93
I LOVED this! Just finished listening to Bill Bryson read it, and I could listen to it again. Bryson makes history interesting and fun -- his voice in ...more
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Jul 16, 2012
 
Champlain's Dream
4.19
I've been to Quebec City a few times, but I really didn't know anything of its history or the man responsible for colonizing it, Samuel Champlain (of ...more
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Aug 14, 2011
 
The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician
3.88
What's amazing about this book is that it wasn't written until now. Harry Kellar was the most famous magician in America in the late 19th-early 20th c ...more
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Aug 01, 2012
 
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
4.13
A great overview of World War I. After reading this you won't feel that the massive loss of life and upheaval of Europe was justified. Hochschild does ...more
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Dec 27, 2012
 
Raggin', Jazzin', Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers
3.74
What an interesting little book! Musicians and inventors, this one's for you. The book focuses on 8 musical instrument makers: Zildjian (cymbals); Ste ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
4.14
Hurrah for Barbara Tuchman! You history buffs will enjoy her in-depth portrayal of the not-often studied period in history from the 1890's to World Wa ...more
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Jul 23, 2010
 
Bossypants
3.92
I think Tina Fey is pretty much a GENIUS, and her book about how she became the Executive Producer of the multiple-Emmy-winning TV show "30 Rock" basi ...more
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Aug 24, 2011
 
The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky
3.88
Farah is only 7 when she steps on a land mine on her way to school in Kabul, Afghanistan. So begins her story of 10 years recovering from her injury i ...more
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Jun 29, 2010
 
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
3.90
Horwitz follows in the footsteps of the Spanish conquistadors, the first French colonists in Florida, and the first English settlers in this interesti ...more
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May 14, 2012
 
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
3.61
Winchester has written a sweeping history of the Atlantic Ocean, from its birth to its potential demise 180 million years from now. I normally love Wi ...more
Mar 12, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
 
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
4.16
Garfield was a dignified, scholarly man more suited to a university than the presidency. He accepted the nomination reluctantly, and his instincts pro ...more
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Jul 06, 2013
 
Trapped
3.48
In 2010 the world watched while 33 Chilean miners tried to survive a cave-in and several teams from around the world tried to rescue them. It was a ri ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
3.95
Based on the title I was expecting a swashbuckling tale, but was disappointed to find that it's a pretty dry history. Alexandre Dumas's grandfather wa ...more
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Feb 25, 2013
 
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
3.81
I just finished listening to Aron Ralston tell me the story of how he had to cut off his arm to save his life. The movie "127 hours" is based on Aron' ...more
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Nov 21, 2010
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