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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
Ever wonder why the world didn't do more to end the horrors of Stalin's gulags or Hitler's work camps? Someday our children (or perhaps grandchildren ...more
May 28, 2012
May 23, 2012
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
Before reading this book I believed that I and most other humans used our rational minds to make life's decisions. After reading this book I now know ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
The Paris Wife
A storybook romance--a match made in heaven--surely it would last a lifetime, but it didn't. This is the story of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage th ...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
This is a book about the philosophical epic poem De Rerum Natura ("On the Nature of Things") by Lucretius, written circa first century BC. It tells of ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
Forged: Writing in the Name of God
The material covered isn't new to anyone familiar with critical biblical scholarship.
However, Ehrman is different because of the following:

1. He's wi
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
I was hopeful this book might provide me with some sociological tools and rhetorical tricks to clear away the views of those who disagree with my posi ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home
This book is an example of turning lemons into lemonade as only a skilled writer can do. Have you ever noticed that some of the most interesting stori ...more
Dec 21, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
The so-called Dark Ages of the 6th to 13th centuries that followed the demise of the Roman Empire was not the first dark age experienced by human civi ...more
May 21, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
Aspire for fluency in geek speak? Is "Big Bang Theory" your idea of reality TV? Then I recommend this Moby Dick of nerd novels. Jay Clayton in his boo ...more
May 11, 2011
May 03, 2011
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
This book is a study of American slavery and the political events that shaped Lincoln's attitude toward it. Conventional wisdom would indicate that Ab ...more
Mar 11, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
This historical novel elevates Thomas Cromwell, adviser to Henry VIII, from villainhood (as portrayed in “A Man For All Seasons”) to sympathetic chara ...more
Apr 17, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
Noah's Compass
Anybody can write an interesting story about interesting people. But how about a good story about uninteresting people? That's a more difficult challe ...more
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
This is the best novel I’ve read this year and may be destined to make my top ten list. The well designed plot is pulled together with carefully craft ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
Everyday Mercies
This novel is a cauldron filled with a recipe for the examination of family life. The following ingredients give it volatile potential.
1. Three gener
Nov 17, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century
This is a well written and thorough history that invites the reader to consider how and why interpretations of the war have changed over time, and to ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
I used to believe that selling one's soul to the devil was something that only happened in fictional stories. This book makes it clear that it's a rea ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
Island Beneath the Sea
This book contains two major themes. First, it is a historical novel describing the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804) and New Orleans' Creole societ ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
This novel brings together the stories of lives devastated by the WW-II Dresden bombings with the experiences of loss of a later generation caused by ...more
May 05, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Jacob's Choice
This novel is based on the true story of my ancestor, Jacob Hochstetler, who emigrated from Alsace in 1738 and settled on a farm with his family in th ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems

A spiritual journey from Mennonite (preacher's daughter) to humanist (scholar with PhD) to Pentecostal (with a bit of skepticism). An unlikely journey
Nov 20, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
This is not the sort of American exceptionalism to be proud of. The United States has the highest per capita rate of incarceration of any country in t ...more
Mar 08, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
This book provides a virtual time-machine fly through of the Western Roman Empire from 350 to 550 AD with special attention being given to the ways in ...more
Jun 13, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
The Grapes of Wrath
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Sep 17, 2011
Bleeding Edge
We didn’t know it at the time, but Dickens’ phrase, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” could be applied to the period of time foll ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
Warning! Reading this book can mess up your summer reading schedule. First it is a long book which of course takes a lot of time. But the more serious ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
I read this book with the expectation that it would provide the definitive, though fictional, wrapping up of the era of "New Atheism" literature (circ ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to  Bach's Goldberg  Variations
This book attracted my attention because I have read about the Chinese Cultural Revolution (circa 1966 to 1971) but have never before read a first per ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
This book is a tale told by a pedophiliac narrator who after describing his European beginnings goes on to describe how he obtained custody of a prepu ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid
Have you ever noticed that after returning from a trip that it's the miserable experiences that make the best stories? There's not much to say about t ...more
May 2014
Apr 30, 2014
Year Zero: A History of 1945
The year 1945 was year zero for me personally since I was born that year. I have generally assumed that it was a happy year since it included both the ...more
May 17, 2014
Nov 30, 2013
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