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Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

Agatha Christie, An Autobiography (2011 updated version –includes CD with Christie dictating script and Forward by grandson, Mathew Prichard)Review: Very interesting book. Scholarly 1st person. Great for students of Chistie or dectective stories. Quotes/interesting points: Pg 45 –referring to Nursie comments that Agatha could never be a Lady because she hadn’t been born to aristocracy: […]

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Queen Elizabeth A story of Love, Rivalry and Spectacular Gardens

A twelve page bibliography and index completes the book. But I would have much preferred better illustration. The gardens are described as spectacular, but line drawings of some of the mazes and tools don’t translate the sense of expense Robert Dudley and William Cecil expent to captivate Elizabeth. References to painting of Elizabeth led this […]

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Three Cups of Tea

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved learning more about Pakistan. The book managed to present a case for fighting terrorism by educating the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan without having too much of a liberal agenda. I also really appreciated that Mortenson placed emphasis on not westernizing the students in his schools, but […]

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I was surprised that this book turned out to be less of a “how to know if God is calling you to move overseas” manual and more of a collection of vignettes about the author’s time didn’t living in Southeast Asia. I really loved hearing her perspective on that culture and I was touched by […]

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

An unforgettable book. If you’ve never read it, or have not read it for many years, you should pick it up. You can’t say that you really know American history if you haven’t read this book. Always straightforward and intelligent, Malcolm X tells his life and constantly gives the social context for what he has […]

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Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger

This is a beautiful collection of short stories by Lee Smith, who lives up the road in Hillsborough. Every story speaks to some human truth and offers lessons to learn. Her authentic southern writing is also downright funny at times. She manages to successfully combine humor and emotionally difficult situations and lessons. Don’t miss this […]

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Real Sex

An honest and refreshing explanation of why the whole idea of chastity is so important to those who follow Jesus. Winner draws on personal experience, sound research, and biblical examples of why chastity is important to God, why it should be important to Christians, and how to practically go about pursuing a chaste lifestyle, both […]

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