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$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781250035813
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 11/2013
Nelson tells the history of WWI through the experiences of five young Harvard-educated men. The book is based mostly on the letters sent home by these young lieutenants. He chose officers because they censored their own letters and, thus, were more detailed and included more about their experiences and feelings. The best, and also the worst, aspect of this book was the amazing detail. It provided amazing insight into the boredom of waiting for their entry into the fighting and the incredible brutality of trench warfare. But at times it was slow going.

These men joined the war as a mission and a duty. They generally found the ways of the military infuriating, and their greatest scorn was targeted at higher ups. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in history told at a personal level.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780553593617
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Published: Bantam, 4/2012
Maggie Hope obtains a job as a typist and stenographer for Winston Churchill in 1940. Soon, this brilliant mathematician becomes involved in code breaking. Her personal mystery becomes intertwined with an espionage investigation.

This is Ms. MacNeal’s first novel. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is an exciting, yet fun read, filled with surprising twists. Not only is Maggie engaging, but there are a variety of interesting lesser characters and an appropriately villainous villain.

$37.95
ISBN-13: 9780739306772
Abridged
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Published: Random House Audio, 10/2003
This is the story of perhaps the most important friendship between leaders of two nations in history. It waned when the interests of their nations diverged but it remained until Roosevelt’s death as the war in Europe was ending. This is a fascinating book which illuminated unknown (at least to me) aspects of these most important men.

Traveling Light (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780765337788
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Published: Forge Books, 2/2014
Between her marriage to a hoarder, her career – in which she has lost all interest – and her stifling relationship with her mother, Paula Makaikis has reached her limit. Her accidental acquisition of a large dog changes everything. Her husband forbids her to bring the dog home, so she buys a car, takes a leave of absence from her job, and goes on a road trip. She ends up in a wildlife rehabilitation center in Northern Minnesota where she begins a new life.

This is one of those books that you hate to see end. I have made it a permanent staff pick.

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781400047666
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Published: Broadway Books, 10/2005
I am not a huge hockey fan but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Interspersed with an almost play-by-play account of the Miracle on Ice is the histories and future lives of each player. It also includes information on the Soviet players, many of whom went on to play in the NHL. For me, it included just enough background to remain interesting.

Suspect (Mass Market Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780425264690
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Published: Berkley Trade, 1/2014
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. It grabbed my attention because it’s a mystery and it features a dog as an important character. Since I enjoy mysteries and love dogs, it seemed ideal. Both LAPD officer Scott James and K-9 Maggie recently lost their partners and suffered serious gunshot wounds resulting in PTSS. They became partners working together to solve the murder of P.O. Scott’s partner and resolve their issues with PTSS. It’s a fast paced story and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who either enjoys mysteries or cares about dogs.

Pink and Say (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399226717
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Published: Philomel Books, 9/1994
This is my favorite book by my favorite picture book author. I have read it to students from 4th through 9th grades and they all loved it. This is a true story of Polacco’s ancestor. It is about two young union soldiers, one black and one white. Pink takes Say home to his mother, behind Confederate lines, so she could help him recuperate. Pink teaches Say to read but he is in awe of Say because Say once touched the hand of President Lincoln. Ultimately, they are captured and taken to Andersonville. It tells of the legacy passed down to us by our ancestors and the legacy we pass on to those who come after us.

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780316220224
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 5/2013
This is the true story of twenty-six nurses and medics whose plane went off course and crashed in Nazi occupied Albania. They spent months wandering the incredibly rugged terrain while attempting to reach safety, avoid the Germans, and being caught between rival resistance movements. As quickly as one catastrophe is averted, another one pops up. If you have an interest in little known aspects of World War II, this is the book for you. I not only enjoyed reading it, I feel I learned a great deal about Albanian culture.

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780525954286
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Published: Dutton Adult, 1/2014
I don’t often read historical fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a quick read full of interesting details of about life in the country’s capital during the Civil War.

By the author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, this is a fictionalized story of Kate Chase Sprague. Kate is the daughter of the Governor of Ohio who ran against Abraham Lincoln for the Republican nomination for president. Kate’s father became Treasury Secretary under President Lincoln. This began the rivalry between Mrs. Lincoln and Kate for the most admired woman in Washington society.

In between the balls and soirees, Chiaverini provides a window into the behind-the-scenes political intrigue in Washington. Cabinet members, legislators, and generals jockeyed for influence with the newly elected president.

Still Missing (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780312573577
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 5/2011
This author’s first novel is riveting. The story begins with Annie’s first session with a psychiatrist after she returns from being kidnapped. The reader learns about her ordeal as she relates the details to her psychiatrist and tries to regain life and her ‘self’. Is Annie paranoid because of the horror she endured, or does she have reason to still be afraid?

Fight for Life #1 (Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780142408629
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Published: Puffin, 5/2007
Maggie would rather help her grandmother in the vet clinic than study. She knows what to do in the clinic, but even though she tries at school, she still does poorly. The clinic becomes swamped with sick puppies and Dr. Mac needs extra help. Maggie is not happy when her territory is invaded by her classmates, but, in time, she realizes that if she is going to find and shut down the puppy mill that supplies the sick puppies, she will need help. Especially since the sheriff is not interested.

Each book in the series highlights a different fifth grader, and focuses on a different animal. Each character is distinct with his/her own strengths and weaknesses. The recommended age range is 10-years-old and up. While the text could be handled by younger children, the subject matter could be upsetting. When my grandchildren are older, I will definitely give them this series to encourage their sensitivity and awareness of animal welfare issues.

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780374534028
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9/2013
This biography focuses exclusively on Jefferson’s attitude toward slavery and his relationship with his slaves. It is heavily researched, including archeology and a fresh look at Jefferson’s papers. It traces Jefferson’s transformation from the idealist who authored the Declaration of Independence, including later deleted lines condemning slavery, to the businessman who recommended the purchase of slaves to family and friends.

It debunks the theory that Jefferson was simply a man of his times through the example of his contemporaries, even southerners, who opposed slavery. In contrast, Jefferson used slavery as the basis of his financial dealings.

This book
changed my view of Thomas Jefferson; I will never hear the words to the Declaration of Independence in quite the same way. It is engrossing if not comfortable.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780758290670
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Published: Kensington, 8/2013
This author’s first work of fiction is based on little known facts surrounding Lincoln’s assassination. Almost forty years after Lincoln’s death, Dr. Jamie Fraser teams up with a former professional ball player to investigate the far-reaching conspiracy the resulted in the assassination.

Then Came You (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781451617733
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Published: Washington Square Press, 5/2012
This is the story of three women. Annie is a young mother, Jules is a college student, and India is a career woman with a new, wealthy older husband. Their lives intercept when India uses Annie and Jules in her attempt to become a mother. The story is complicated by India’s adult stepdaughter who is suspicious of India’s motives and history.

I listened to the audio version of this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly, finding myself sitting in my driveway unable to tear myself away from the ongoing drama.

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780547248288
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Published: HMH Books, 10/2009
This adorable book has rhyme, rhythm, and both animal and truck sounds. The story shows how cooperation can solve a difficult problem. The illustrations are colorful and realistic. This book will be a favorite for both child and parent.