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A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32
Catherine, a young lady growing up in New Hampshire, writes in a journal of her days, her routines, her friends and her struggles. This is very well-t ...more
Apr 2006
Jan 23, 2008
The Midwife of Hope River
Very enjoyable. Harman, who herself was a midwife, covers a lot of territory with her novel, which is set in the 1930s, during the beginning of the Gr ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
The White Stag
I remember looking at the book primarily for the lovely charcoal drawings but I never read the story. Well, about 23 years later, I finally get around ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
I've read The Story of the Trapp Family Singers a couple times, and thought I'd check out a couple more books about the von Trapp family. This is a ni ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra
I admit I never heard of Achebe until I came across this book; I think it was one that was sent to the office. Also, save for a short fictional story ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
Long Walk to Freedom
"Wow" best sums up my thoughts after finishing this long but very moving, very captivating story of Nelson Mandela (Madiba), from his early days in ru ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
A narration of the Yellow Fever outbreak in Philadelphia in 1793, which claimed the lives of between 4,000 and 5,000 men, women and children. It relat ...more
Oct 2005
Dec 21, 2007
What the World Eats
This has to be the most information crammed into 160 pages I have ever encountered. But "crammed" in a fairly orderly, well-laid-out fashion. This boo ...more
May 03, 2009
May 03, 2009
Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1)
Matt Cruse, a cabin boy on board a luxury airship, befriends Kate, a girl from a wealthy family. After the ship crash-lands on a deserted tropical isl ...more
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Dec 21, 2007
Lady in the Water: A Bedtime Story
I know I am probably in the minority, but I loved this movie. I was intrigued when I found out there was a book to accompany it. I rather like the boo ...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997
I'm not a huge sports fan, but even I remember the heady days, from 1994 to 1997, when everyone had Tribe fever. After decades of mediocrity, the Clev ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
A Faraway Island
A touching book. Two sisters, Stephie, 12, and Nellie, 7, are sent to Sweden as part of a children's refugee program to escape the Nazi occupation and ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
King of the Holly Hop (Milan Jacovich, #14)
Yay! Another Milan Jacovich novel, after a too-long drought. This one is quite different from the other books in the series. Of course, there is still ...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 19, 2008
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
It's very long, so make sure you have some time to dedicate to reading it. But it is worth it. Mind you, this is sort of an alternate historical ficti ...more
Mar 15, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
Rats Saw God
A high school senior faces the risk of not graduating, so his guidance counselor offers him an option: write a 100-page paper on any topic Steve choos ...more
Oct 2005
Jan 04, 2008
Tevye's Daughters: Collected Stories of Sholom Aleichem
It was neat reading some of the stories that inspired one of my favorite musicals, "Fiddler on the Roof." My respect for the musical grew; the writers ...more
Jun 22, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style
This was my "Merry Christmas To Me" gift over the holidays. I had been drooling over this book for the past couple years but the asking price was a bi ...more
Feb 18, 2015
Dec 25, 2014
The Dragon Quintet
This publication has five novellas from well-known fantasy writers, each around the theme of dragons.

Each story is very different: one is almost like
Nov 2005
Jan 04, 2008
The Great Snape Debate
The books by J.K. Rowling are all about Harry -- so why are we so fascinated by Severus Snape? For fans of the series, that's easy: Love him or hate h ...more
Jul 2007
Jan 23, 2008
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (Montmorency, #1)
The Montmorency books are a must-read for anyone who likes Victorian-era style mystery.

A small-time crook is given a new lease on life by an ambitiou
Sep 2005
Dec 21, 2007
The premise of the story is that it takes part of the Aenid by Virgil, and tells it from Lavinia's point of view. The result was a bit disappointing. ...more
May 25, 2008
May 26, 2008
Wonder When You'll Miss Me
**spoiler alert** This was a very frustrating book. There were many things to like, but there were also a couple of problems.

16-year-old Faith struggl
Oct 2005
Dec 21, 2007
Haunted Savannah: The Official Guidebook to Savannah Haunted History Tour Conducted by Cobblestone Tours, Inc.
This is one of the books I bought while in Savannah. This is a great read for those who like local ghost stories and legends. Gaskey does a good job c ...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
This should be required reading by anyone involved in education - especially policy makers. Gallagher's book is a quick read and very focused on the ...more
Dec 25, 2014
Oct 11, 2014
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
An incredible book, about Maya's childhood and teen years in Stamps, Arkansas and, later, San Fransisco. Angelou just has this way of writing that is ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
Valley of the Golden Mummies
The one drawback -- and it's a fairly minor one -- is that this was published in 2000. I'm sure a LOT has changed since Hawass wrote this. But then, t ...more
May 17, 2009
May 17, 2009
Damn Right I'm From Cleveland: Your Guide to Makin' It in America's 47th Biggest City
This is a very tongue in cheek "travelers guide" for Cleveland, really meant for the residents already here and familiar with this city's quirks and f ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)
The three stars is tentative. I was intrigued about this series after watching the trailer for the upcoming movie. Well, it's obvious the movie combin ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 24, 2007
Smoky Night
Tells about the Los Angeles riots in a simple version that children can understand and appreciate. Daniel witnesses the rioting in the streets of his ...more
Feb 2006
Jan 01, 2008
Yearning for Normal
This is a powerfully written book on the author's struggles in dealing with her son, who has Deletion 22q.11. I had never heard of this condition but ...more
Mar 15, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
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