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41
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
4.58
it was amazing
I often think that my grandparents and parents lived in interesting times. They saw so many things come about in their day. Theirs were exciting times ...more
May 11, 2015
May 22, 2015
 
58
The Taste of Country Cooking
4.37
My husband walked by the other night and asked what I was reading. “Oh, just a cookbook” I answered. “What for?” he said with raised eyebrows and adde ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2017
 
42
H is for Hawk
3.74
it was amazing
H is for Hawk could be H is for Hope or Heart or Home as all of these capture in some small way the essence of this beautiful book.

When Helen Macdona
...more
Jun 19, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
 
55
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.99
Webster’s Dictionary (at least the one sitting on my desk) defines Hillbilly as
(often derog.) n. a backwoods mountaineer, adj. (esp. of music) in the
...more
Feb 05, 2017
Feb 07, 2017
 
51
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets
3.84
Curiosity.

Patient H.M. may in fact be the most famous amnesia patient in history but frankly I knew nothing about him. After reading a few reviews re
...more
Sep 25, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
 
46
The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory
3.65
it was amazing
To think if it had not been for the curiosity, perseverance and skill of Julie Checkoway, I would never have experienced, nor known about this hiccup ...more
Nov 11, 2015
Nov 12, 2015
 
54
The Option: a memoir of suicide, mystery , and finding our way
3.75
Kristina Ann Stahl

Kristina Ann Stahl, 25, a wonderful and gifted daughter of William K. and Karin (Arentzen) Stahl, died suddenly on Wednesday, (Septe
...more
Jan 19, 2017
Jan 21, 2017
 
57
A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal
3.61
E-galley provided by Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Author, Jen Waite for my honest opinion. To be published July 11, 2017

What if the man you
...more
not set
Apr 22, 2017
 
56
Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love
4.35
With sincere thanks to Red Wheel Weiser Conari / Hampton Roads, Edelweiss and the author Marcia Moss, who provided this e-galley to be published May, ...more
not set
Apr 14, 2017
 
52
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
4.40
Highly recommended.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

The final words in this title What Matters in the End could as easily be a statem
...more
Nov 07, 2016
Oct 22, 2014
 
53
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
4.08
A huge debt of gratitude is wished to my GR friend Julie for recommending Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appa ...more
Nov 22, 2016
Nov 17, 2015
 
49
Food: A Love Story
3.69
The Hook I love food but food, or actually the calories, don’t necessarily love me.

The Line Triscuits are just shredded wheat in cracker form.

The Sin
...more
Jun 09, 2016
Jun 17, 2016
 
48
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
4.13
Well Done!

This YA history was just enough for anyone wanting a general idea of what happened to the fall of the Romanovs, the last Tsar and Tsarina, N
...more
Jan 18, 2016
Jan 27, 2016
 
7
The Bear's Embrace: A Story of Survival
3.87
it was amazing
I bought The Bear's Embrace after hearing Ann Kingman talk about it on Books On The Nightstand Episode #38, Remarkable Lives...

I knew when I started t
...more
Sep 11, 2010
Sep 10, 2010
 
25
Wave
3.70
it was amazing
When natural disaster strikes we read the papers and watch the news coverage with laden hearts. Our minds have trouble comprehending the devastation, ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
 
47
Hen Frigates
3.79
Very Good – non-fiction

The Hook 2106 Reading Plan – bookWOMEN: A Readers’ Community For Those Who Love Women’s Words, Vol 6, No.5, June-July 2002,“My
...more
Jan 19, 2016
Jan 20, 2016
 
22
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
3.92
really liked it
Some books languish on my TBR list forever it seems. It's really pleasing to pick up one of these and wonder why it took me so long to read. Garlic an ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
 
44
Last Man Off: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Antarctic Seas
3.86
really liked it
The very nature of this story demands my good rating.

Matt Lewis has written one of the most horrific and terrifying descriptions of a shipwreck that I
...more
Jun 23, 2015
Jun 05, 2015
 
34
My Beloved World
4.03
really liked it
The Hook - Fourth Tuesday Book Group

The Line”I wouldn’t get to see California until my second summer at law school. I remember driving the freeways
...more
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
39
Girl in the Dark
3.56
it was amazing
It is hard to imagine the true implications of living a life in the dark. Anna Lyndsey (pen name) allows us glimpse of her black box life in this beau ...more
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
 
50
The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town
4.00
Ryan D’Agostino’s The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, And the Power Of Human Resilience In An American Family is certainly not his story. It is one that h ...more
Jul 04, 2016
Jul 06, 2016
 
29
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
4.04
really liked it
I've always been interested in the rituals surrounding death. W.W. Norton & Company grabbed my attention with this synopsis of Caitlyn Doughty's S ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
28
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
4.10
liked it
A book is the experience of the reader. I very much wanted to read Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? after hearing several good reviews and ...more
Jul 2014
Jun 12, 2014
 
38
Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
4.11
it was amazing
Jennifer Thompson was a student at Elon College in Burlington, North Carolina. In the summer of July 1984, Jennifer is awakened from sleep around 3 AM ...more
Apr 12, 2015
Jun 09, 2009
 
45
Finding Dad: From "Love Child" to Daughter
4.17
really liked it
Kara (Hewes) Sundlun’s book Finding Dad From ”Love Child” To Daughter immediately captured my interest. It was not only that she is a local celebrity, ...more
Sep 2015
Oct 23, 2014
 
14
Just Kids
4.14
liked it
I finished this one last week and have been thinking about it, debating my stars ever since. I picked this book due to the awards it received and also ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
20
Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman
3.80
it was amazing
Satisfied. That's how I felt after finishing Without Reservations: The Travels of An Independent Woman. by Alice Steinbach. This book has been on my t ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
 
32
The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle
4.00
really liked it
The Hook - I try to read at least one new Christmas themed story each year. The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle, a memoir was popping u ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Dec 13, 2014
 
17
Sidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America
3.98
really liked it
There are so many lives that have forever been affected by World War II. For many, their stories ended in the German concentration camps. The survivor ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
 
36
Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
3.90
really liked it
The Hook - The non-fiction choice for our Fourth Tuesday Book Group and a penchant for this kind of book.

The Line”The human impulse to bury the dea
...more
Mar 18, 2015
Mar 19, 2015
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