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The Jewel In The Crown

I saw this on PBS probably 2 decades ago, but this is the 1st time I’ve read the book. It is during the time of the beginning of WWII in India, when Gandhi 1st began leading the masses towards independence from GB and and 2 assaults upon 2 white women happen during times of rioting. […]

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The Martian

Such a riveting, quick read. Weir has a great way of explaining detail without losing me. There was quite a bit of swearing, but it didn’t detract me from the fascinating story. I haven’t seen the movie yet but am excited to do so. I easily envisioned the scenes play out, but I don’t know […]

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The Martian

Such a riveting, quick read. Weir has a great way of explaining detail without losing me. There was quite a bit of swearing, but it didn’t detract me from the fascinating story. I haven’t seen the movie yet but am excited to do so. I easily envisioned the scenes play out, but I don’t know […]

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An Ember in the Ashes

I’ve been known to devour a few YA book series (i.e., Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.), but I found those more sci-fi than fantasy. I’m not normally into fantasy novels, but I did enjoy this story. The story line seemed a bit more adult-like — sexually provocative and violent –than other YA novels I’ve read. I […]

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The Mapmaker’s Children

I was really looking forward to reading this historical fiction novel about the Civil War era and the underground railroad. I was a bit disappointed that McCoy didn’t delve deeper into some of the issues she touched upon. She really had the opportunity to expound upon a few serious subject matters, but I found the […]

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The Wright Brothers

McCullough does a fantastic job bringing to life the story of the Wright Brothers. I enjoyed learning about the life before, and especially after, their time in Kitty Hawk. I listened to this audiobook, and McCullough read the book. I love it when authors narrate their own books. Find in catalog

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All the Light We Cannot See

I read this book shortly after finishing The Nightingale (Hannah), and it was so difficult not to say, “this just isn’t as good as ‘The Nightingale’”, as I read through the book. I didn’t empathize nor like many of the characters in the novel, and I thought the ending was lacking. Find in Catalog

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The Call of the Wild

Somehow I got through high school and college without ever reading this book. I was surprised to find that the book is about a dog (named Buck) who is forced by kidnapping to transition from a life of ease in California into the life of a sled dog in the Yukon. The story is told […]

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Men We Reaped

This is one of the most conflicted, sobering and beautiful memoirs I have read. Jesmyn Ward chronicles the loss of her brother and four other black men she grew up with in Mississippi. Young men cut off in their prime by murder, suicide, overdose, a drunk driver and freak train accident. Yet in each case, […]

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