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Every Man Dies Alone
really liked it
In many of his books, Fallad explores how people stuggle with the world around them and are destroyed by it, or assert themselves in some meaningful w ...more
Oct 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Life Is So Good: One Man's Extraordinary Journey through the 20th Century and How he Learned to Read at Age 98
really liked it
Simply written in his own voice, "Life is Good" is the life story of a 103-year-old black man who endured segregation and prejudice, yet throughout it ...more
Sep 2013
Apr 05, 2013
The Nightingale
really liked it
The conversation after confessing to the nun that she shared names of Jews, including Rachel’s:
(Nun): “As the war goes on, we will all have to look m
Aug 2016
Aug 31, 2016
Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires and the Respect He Desperately Needs
liked it
I read this book because it was one of the books that Dave Ramsey said he required everyone who worked for him to read. Sometimes the book got a littl ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 03, 2012
King's Ransom (Lemmons, Thom)
liked it
I liked this historical fiction--it is the story of the king of Bulgaria who walked a fine line in preserving his country during WWII. He was a reluct ...more
Nov 2010
Dec 01, 2010
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
really liked it
Quotes from the book:

“It is hard to make that boat go as fast as you want to. The enemy, of course, is resistance of the water, as you have to displa
Oct 2015
Nov 11, 2015
A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa
it was amazing
Love how Dilan worked to transform medical practices in humanitarian missions and help others help themselves! Great ideas, great book!

"This is the c
Aug 2017
May 21, 2017
Peace Like a River
it was amazing
Quotes from the book:

"Many a night I woke to the murmur of paper and knew [Dad] was up, sitting in the kitchen with frayed King James - oh, but he wor
May 2014
Jun 05, 2009
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
liked it
This book took me a long time to get through, but it offered valuable insight. I learned from his experiences, but I may not want to read them all aga ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 06, 2016
The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community
liked it
To be fair, I didn't finish the book. But I did love some of the things she pointed out about refugees and the process of integration:

"Refugees may ar
Jan 2016
Jan 05, 2015
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I found this book hard to read because of the things the POW's had to endure, but hard to put down. Just as the subtitle says, it's ...more
Aug 2011
Apr 15, 2011
When Breath Becomes Air
really liked it
Quotes from the book:

On the desire he felt to change lives that lead to medical school: "Medical school had changed by the time I got there. . . What
Dec 2016
Jul 26, 2016
Precious Bane
really liked it
Prue lives a hard life, yet retains her love for others in spite of being so often judged unfairly. She says, "If we can laugh at the end of a long l ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 12, 2009
The Invention of Wings
it was amazing
Historical fiction inspired by Sarah Grimke--a woman who fought slave's freedom and women's rights. One of my favorite lines in the book was when Sara ...more
Sep 2014
Oct 21, 2014
A Man of Good Hope
liked it
Helped me understand conflicts in Somalia and recent racial divides in South Africa.

"Perversely, xenophobia is a product of citizenship, the claimin
Feb 2017
May 01, 2017
Between Shades of Gray
really liked it
This is an historical fiction placed during WWII, but depicting the lesser-known terror of the Stalin regime rather than Hitler's. I loved the portray ...more
Sep 2015
Oct 02, 2015
Little Bee
did not like it
I have found this quote from "Little Bee" to be too true with some of my refugee ESL students:

"Horror in your country is something you take a dose o
Sep 2014
Sep 26, 2014
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
really liked it
The author is a priest who has made a lifetime study of the parable of the prodigal son, in connection with the painting "Prodigal Son" by Rambrandt. ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
liked it
I liked how the author didn't not let his blindness be an obstacle in his life, how his parents made sure that his blindness did not define him, and l ...more
Mar 2017
May 01, 2017
The Invisible Bridge
liked it
I liked the book, but only gave it 3 stars because I found myself wishing I were reading the real history of her ancestors or knowing what was based o ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 21, 2011
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
really liked it
These authors tell the stories of women around the world dealing with oppression and poverty, and the many struggles with trying to overcome cultural ...more
Feb 2013
Mar 09, 2013
What Is the What
liked it
This book, while fiction because it recounts conversations that simply couldn't be accurately remembered by a small boy in a war-torn country, tells t ...more
Aug 2013
Sep 18, 2013
Death Comes for the Archbishop
liked it
Don't expect a riveting plot, but Cather's style of writing is well-suited to this fictionalized biography of sorts. She bases her story on the real l ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 06, 2012
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
it was amazing
My parents served a mission in Sierra Leone, so this book grabbed me when I saw it at the bookstore. My brother-in-law warned me that he'd started it ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 07, 2010
This Voice in My Heart: A Runner's Memoir of Genocide, Faith, and Forgiveness
it was amazing
Gilbert Tuhabonye, a Tutsi and a gifted runner, gives a first-hand account on the violence in his country of Burundi that preceded the better-known s ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 22, 2010
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
really liked it
This is a great book for discussion with junior high/high school kids about popularity, kindness, friendship, peer pressure, social norms, etc.

Jan 2013
Jan 11, 2013
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
liked it
"As Americans, we assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: Choice overload can...set you ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Jane Eyre
quotes from the book:

"'I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will ke
Mar 2012
Mar 08, 2012
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town
really liked it
Story about a Jordanian woman living in Atlanta who sees a need as refugees come pouring into the community. She not only coaches soccer, but becomes ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 22, 2011
The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education
liked it
This is a true coming-of-age story, but the coming-of-age of a soldier as he goes to West Point and has to mentally justify killing, as he falls in lo ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 10, 2009
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