I like to read both fiction and non-fiction often allowing the last book read to lead me to the next.  I especially enjoy history and novels about historical events and anything about women's contributions to history, science, politics and art the whole world over.

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Someone: A Novel By Alice McDermott Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250055361
Availability: Special Order
Published: Picador - October 7th, 2014

The life story of an ordinary, regular person, your neighbor, a stranger you’ve passed? Why would you want to read about them? Let Mcdermott’s exquisite prose show you.

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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey By Candice Millard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780767913737
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Published: Anchor - October 10th, 2006

Adventure writing at its best. Totally riveting!

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild By Peter Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316200639
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

It’s fun to get a little wild—It shows you what matters most.

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The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle) By Ursula K. Le Guin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061054884
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Published: Harper Voyager - October 20th, 1994

Excellent utopian fiction.  A world we could only hope for.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) By Mark Haddon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

A moving story from a remarkable point of view, superbly done.

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Transcription: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316176668
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 23rd, 2019

Another great historical fiction by one of the best storytellers ever. Twists and turns, suspense and surprise.

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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

Buckle up for a wild tale!  A page turner.  Filled with captivating characters, unpredictable events and faulous writing.

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Caleb's Crossing: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143121077
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Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

This is a wonderful historical novel set in Colonial America. Geraldine Brooks once again transports us to the past with an absorbing story of the first Native American man to attend Harvard College. The tale begins in 1665 on what is now known as Martha's Vineyard. A group of English Puritans have an encampment near a Wampanoag village and are attempting to bring Christianity to the native people. The Reverend's twelve-year old daughter, the intrepid and curious Bethia, forms a secret friendship with the chieftain's son "Caleb". Told through Bethia's eyes, we follow their lives as Caleb is tutored and groomed and sent to school and Bethia must assume the arduous tasks of a pioneer woman. "Caleb's Crossing" beautifully captures the turmoil, ignorance and heartache of the clash of the two cultures.

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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? By Jeanette Winterson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802120878
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2013

How she survives having one of the worst mothers in the world. Heartbreaking and uplifting...

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The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn By Nathaniel Philbrick Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143119609
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011

Engaging re-telling of an epic battle. Packed with information & insight.

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Sarah's Key By Tatiana de Rosnay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312370848
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 30th, 2008

This memorable novel blends the tragic past with a powerful present. In Paris 1942, ten-year-old Sarah is rounded up in the middle of the night by French soldiers. She locks her younger brother in a cupboard to protect him, thinking she would be home by morning. Sixty years later a journalist who is researching the roundup realizes that the family apartment her French husband has inherited is one that once belonged to Jews. Her research uncovers a trail of secrets about Sarah and her husband's relatives.

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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl By Timothy Egan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618773473
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2006

Think times are tough?

Check out this extraordinary story of those who stayed and survived the "dirty Thirties" when massive dust storms choked America's High Plains.

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Leaving Earth: A Novel By Helen Humphreys Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393326758
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 2005

In the 1930's, stunt flying and record breaking endurance flights helped the world forget the Great Depression and the impending war in Europe.

Women pilots were a novelty but were also treated like heroines for their exploits.

Helen Humphrey's debut novel, published in 1997, is based on the true story of two women aviators who attempt to stay aloft in a biplane for 25 days to set a new record.

As the women circle Toronto, the world below is fraught with hardship for the working class.

Twelve-year-old Maddie adoringly follows the daily newspaper accounts fantasizing that one of the pilots is really her mother while denying her real mother who is Jewish and in peril from local hooligans.

I particularly liked the how the author portrayed the tedium and the danger of circling in flight which made the women's relationship both intimate and strained.

There are several subplots and they all build toward a suspenseful ending.

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Skippyjon Jones By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142404034
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Published: Puffin Books - April 7th, 2005

"Holy Guacamole!" exclaimed Skippyjon, seeing himself in the mirror.
"My ears are too big for my head. My head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat-I am a Chihuahua. I am Skippito Friskito!"

Follow the fun adventures of this cute kitten with an identity crisis as he rescues his doggie friends from a giant bumblebeeto.

A great read aloud book filled with wonderfully clever drawings. You will love his antics.

And just released, Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse. This time Skippito banishes the scary monster, Bobble-ito, from his friends' doghouse. This book has a bonus CD of the author reading both tales and also features songs and music.

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The Lost Garden: A Novel By Helen Humphreys Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393324914
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 17th, 2003

Helen Humphreys has created a novel that is both heartrending and heart-mending. With prose both economical and rich she transports us to England 1941 and tells a haunting story of love, loss and solace.

Horticulturaist Gwen Davis, a lonely plain woman in her thirties, heads up a group of young women volunteers (the Women's Land Army) who are to live on a country estate and grow food for the war effort. Not particularly adept at dealing with people, Gwen flounders at first while learning to trust herself and the others she must work with.

A Canadian regiment is also billeted on the estate which provides an entertaining distraction from the hard work at hand and Gwen falls under the spell of the poetry reading Captain Raley.

Gwen has discovered a secret garden on the estate and as she tries to unravel its mysteries she also unravels her own secret desires.

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Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe By Laurence Bergreen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936389
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 2nd, 2004

A fascinating and readable account of Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe.

In 1519, Magellan, five ships and more than 200 men set sail from Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands. What followed was a three-year, 60,000-mile ocean voyage filled with calamities, mutiny and wonderful descriptions of new lands and people.

A truly amazing tale and its more astounding that so many records and accounts of the voyage survived.