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Barbara Burd rated a book 3 of 5 stars
High Crime Area by Joyce Carol Oates
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I'm a fan of Joyce Carol Oates, so I picked this up as an advance reading copy. Oates is a master of the psychological drama and, in these short stories, at her best she nails it and at her worst, she widely misses the mark. The stories cover a wide...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Home Place by Carrie La Seur
The Home Place
by Carrie La Seur (Goodreads Author)
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I picked up an advance reading copy of this book because the cover promotion touted it as exploring the connections between self and place--and with a setting as wide-open and breathtaking as Montana, I was hoping to be captured by how this landscape...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Hunt Club by Bret Lott
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I recently attended a reading by Bret Lott and one of the books he chose was The Hunt Club, saying that he chose this in honor of librarians because the book has been challenged and librarians are the stalwarts of freedom to read. I'm not a big myste...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Playing the Enemy by John Carlin
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This book is our campus' Big Read for the fall semester, so while reading,it, I tried to imagine how it would be received by our incoming freshmen. While the life of Mandela is well-known to many, I'm not sure he is familiar to the typical first-year...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 3 of 5 stars
City of the Sun by Juliana Maio
City of the Sun
by Juliana Maio (Goodreads Author)
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I received this as an advanced ereader copy. As a debut novel, this book works well for an exploration of an interesting period of history that isn't addressed very often. The characters were personable and, while I'm not an expert of this historical...more
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Legendary Service by Ken Blanchard
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Blanchard continues in his tradition of writing practical and meaningful books on management. This time he tackles customer service using a story how a student applies principles learned in class to try to transform her company's service image. Thoug...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Smoke at Dawn by Jeff Shaara
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While this book is a continuation of Shaara's Civil War historical novels, it is the first one that I read. In this book Shaara picks up at the battle at Chickamauga and ends after the battle on Lookout Mountain. Shaara is an excellent storyteller an...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
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When I was growing up I would hear the stories about "Rosie the Riveter" and her role in manning the factories during the war. However, I was unfamiliar with the role that women played in the development of the first uranium enrichment plants at Oak...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season by Katherine Paterson
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These stories have been published previously in various formats but are now gathered together in one volume. Katherine Paterson is probably best known for her children's books; these stories are written for the adult audience. The stories are short a...more
Barbara Burd rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades by Susannah Ural
Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades
by Susannah Ural
read in January, 2014
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This is a well-written account of soldiers and their families in the Civil War. Ural presents a carefully researched story of the common soldiers from both the Union and Confederate Armies. This book uses letters, diaries, newspapers, and other accou...more
More of Barbara's books…
Leo Tolstoy
“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

William Blake
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

Howard Thurman
“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.”
Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Madeleine L'Engle
“A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

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