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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
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An important story that needed to be told, but could have been done in a shorter format. The movie took a lot of liberties with the truth, so if you want to know what really happened you'll get the facts here.
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The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
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An enjoyable pilgrimage on the Oregon Trail with brothers Rinker and Nick Buck. It's a journey I'll never make on my own and I appreciate that they did it for me. I especially enjoyed the history and the mule stories!
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The 37th Parallel by Ben Mezrich
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I was prepared to be enlightened about the UFO phenomenon, and I did learn some interesting things: that there have been thousands of unexplained animal mutilations in this country; that there have been many unexplained sightings of lights in the nig ...more
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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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This epic story follows the story of two sisters from a tribe in western Africa who were sold into slavery in the late 18th century. One stays in Africa, and the other is transported to America. Gyasi imagines the lives of their descendants right up ...more
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Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick
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This is mostly the story leading up to the American Revolution and the people who were important in the movement, notably Joseph Warren, who was a young physician turned Patriot who died at Bunker Hill. Philbrick's done his homework as always and it' ...more
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The Way to the Spring by Ben Ehrenreich
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It takes quite a while to get into this book, but if you give it some time it's worth the effort. Ehrenreich is a journalist who spent considerable time in Palestine getting to know people on a personal level, and that's ultimately the power of this ...more
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Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
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The second in the Ruby Red trilogy hits the sophomore slump a bit but it's still cute and worth finishing the series. The time traveling pair have necessarily had a few obstacles thrown in the way of the relationship, which I have no doubt they will ...more
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Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
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A first-hand look at what North Korea is teaching its elite young men, and it's as bad as you think. Kim applied and was accepted to teach at a private university in Pyongyang expressly for the purpose of writing about her experience. She was under s ...more
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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
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Based on the true story of 3 sisters who were found at the bottom of a cliff, murdered by the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic because of their rebel activities. One sister remains to tell their story, and though the book lags a little it is ...more
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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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I feel like this should be required reading for all high school students. So much is packed in this one book! Ayaan has lived an incredible life, and she describes with amazing insight her transformation from an obedient Somali Muslim woman to an ind ...more
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32527 YALit Hall-Dale — 16 members — last activity Aug 23, 2010 05:55AM
This class is in essence a literacy unit about widening the participant’s experience with young adult literature with the goal of being better able to ...more
35097 Reading — 22 members — last activity Oct 22, 2010 09:24AM
For our reading class to post reviews for different books. It will be a great way to learn about new books and share books you love with others!
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For students in 7th grade to share the books they are reading.
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Join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 for a special discussion with Stacy Schiff & Jodi Kantor. Stacy & Jodi will be discussing their newest work, in ...more
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