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First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
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This book details the White House lives of modern First Ladies from Jackie Kennedy through Michelle Obama. Each woman is profiled from the time their ...more
Jan 16, 2017
May 10, 2016
it was amazing
A great classic. Rebecca is a gothic story about a woman who falls in love with an older gentleman Maxim De Winter, the owner of Manderley estate in E ...more
Sep 16, 2017
Jul 17, 2017
The Wright Brothers
it was amazing
I love David McCullough's writing and the way he brings historical characters to life. The Wright Brothers follows the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wri ...more
Feb 22, 2016
Mar 01, 2015
The Pearl (Illustrated Edition)
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This short story of Steinbeck explores the topics of good vs. evil and greed. Kino and his wife Juana live at the coast of Mexico. They are among the ...more
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 15, 2017
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A very well written, detailed account of the life of Charles A. Lindbergh from birth to death. Everything is covered from the famous first flight acro ...more
Apr 02, 2017
Dec 02, 2016
No ordinary time : Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the home front in World War II
it was amazing
An excellent, very well researched and written account of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in the years leading up to WWII and follows through to their ...more
Mar 02, 2017
Nov 15, 2012
Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners
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Have you ever dreamed of living in the time of Jane Eyre? Gone With the Wind? Do you desire to float around in big hoop skirts and highly styled hair ...more
Nov 20, 2016
Aug 23, 2016
Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics
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Unreasonable Men covers the rise of progressive politics at the turn of the century from the end of Teddy Roosevelt's tenure as President, during Taft ...more
Jun 27, 2016
Sep 11, 2015
Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People
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Encounters at the Heart of the World is a detailed history of the Mandan people from the Missouri river valley area of North Dakota. This is a tribe t ...more
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 14, 2015
The Enchanted April
it was amazing
This classic is such a cute read. The story begins in the 1920s with Mrs. Wilkins reading a newspaper advertisement for the rental of an Italian castl ...more
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 26, 2013
Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South (Brown Thrasher Books)
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Melton McLaurin was a young white boy living in Wade, North Carolina in the 50s just prior to the Civil Rights movement. Wade is a small rural town th ...more
Nov 30, 2017
Nov 25, 2017
Fahrenheit 451
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Fahrenheit 451, the temperature that book paper burns. It is post-apocalyptic times when firemen now start the fires, not put them out. They burn all ...more
Oct 15, 2017
Sep 22, 2017
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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A classic story about a teacher, Miss Jean Brodie, who is in her prime. Brodie is not your typical teacher at a very conventional school and she mento ...more
Nov 05, 2017
Oct 29, 2017
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
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This is a short book on handling grief, or as the author calls it "Option B". That's the plan you have to go with when life takes you off course and o ...more
May 31, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Bomber Girls
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This is a short quick read about the women of the British Air Transport Auxiliary, a group formed to back up the Royal Air Force. During World War II, ...more
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Nov 28, 2016
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
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Piper Kerman did a bad thing...once...a long time ago. We all make mistakes. Most people do something crazy and silly in their youth or young adulthoo ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
America's First Daughter
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This is the fictionalized story of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, the oldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson. Drawing on the letters of Thomas Jeffer ...more
Jul 02, 2017
Mar 11, 2016
Worse Than Slavery
it was amazing
This is a well researched, detailed expose on the Parchman State Penitentiary in Mississippi. The facility started out as a penal farm for black men s ...more
Nov 21, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
All the Light We Cannot See
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All the Light We Cannot See is a beautifully written tale of Marie-Laure LeBlanc and Werner Pfennig. Marie-Laure is a blind young woman living in Pari ...more
Oct 26, 2015
Jul 12, 2014
Invincible Louisa
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This is a short biography of the life of Louisa May Alcott. The book begins with an introduction to her parents and their life growing up until they m ...more
Aug 13, 2016
Jul 15, 2016
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
it was amazing
This is the story of General Alex Dumas, the father of famed author Alexandre Dumas, père. General Dumas was the son of a black slave woman and a Fren ...more
Jan 30, 2017
Dec 19, 2016
84, Charing Cross Road
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Helene Hanff, American author and screenwriter had a thing for English books. In 1949 she wrote a little used bookstore in London inquiring about a li ...more
Oct 20, 2016
Oct 18, 2016
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour
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Citizens of London follows three men in London during WWII: Edward R. Murrow, the American Journalist and head of CBS News in Europe reporting on the ...more
Aug 23, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
The Great Famine: The History of the Irish Potato Famine during the Mid-19th Century
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This quick read details Ireland's potato famine in the mid-19th century. The book follows chronologically, discussing the political climate prior to t ...more
Oct 27, 2017
Oct 27, 2017
Go Set a Watchman
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Do not expect To Kill a Mockingbird. On the surface Go Set a Watchman is about race relations in the 50s, in the south. Scout, who has been living in ...more
Jul 15, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
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This is a very, very, very exhaustive and detailed tome on Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. He was quite a man and a pioneer in the steamship and railr ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
it was amazing
One Man Against the World should perhaps be subtitled The Tragedy of America. The effects of Nixon's actions throughout his political career, left an ...more
Dec 05, 2015
Oct 23, 2015
Loving Eleanor
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Lorena "Hick" Hickok was an AP journalist who covered Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt's wife Eleanor in the late 20s. She met the first lady of New ...more
Sep 29, 2016
Nov 04, 2015
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
it was amazing
This is such a sweet (and at times bittersweet) story of the connection octopuses have with humans. They are fascinating sea creatures that are incred ...more
Oct 23, 2016
Mar 04, 2016
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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A true southern classic, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of a black woman in 1930s Florida who tries to find her way in ...more
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 12, 2015
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