As I'm sure is true of everyone, my reading preferences have changed over time.  I currently enjoy reading history, biography and fiction, depending on my mood.  My favorites are books that delve into an obscure historical item, describing the time period in detail while interspersing an individual's personal story.

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501134616
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 12th, 2019

Best history I've read in years. Fast-paced terrifying story of the world worst nuclear disaster. Secrecy, intrigue, suspense are packed into this in-depth saga. You are transported into another time with the Soviet Union's secrecy and incompetence. Lives and nature forever changed. You won't be able to put this down. An important lesson for our times.

There There: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

Heart-wrenching portrayal of the Native American experience as seen through the lives of twelve characters in Oakland, CA.

Beautifully written, intensely developed characters interweave to draw you into their stories. A truly extraordinary story.

Small Great Things: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345544971
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 20th, 2018

Thought-provoking look at race relations and their effect. Heart-wrenching story of a labor and delivery nurse accused in the death of a newborn. Excellent storytelling from multiple perspectives, a page-turner. This topic is timely and important.

The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

Haunting story of life off the grid in the early 1970s. A disturbed Vietnam vet and his family's struggle to survive, and eventually thrive, in the Alaskan wilderness. Think Northern Exposure on steroids.

The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062456779
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 23rd, 2018

The Gambler is the incredible story of Kirk Kerkorian, a self-made billionaire who lived through some of the most interesting times in American history. His loves were aviation, gambling, Las Vegas, and the "art of the deal". Rempel's detailed, fast-paced storytelling kept me turning the page to find out who Kirk comes across, or what his next big deal will be. And if you've ever wondered how Las Vegas became the travel destination it is today, you'll thoroughly enjoy this read.

The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow - January 2nd, 2018

If you love fast-paced, heart-pounding thrillers, you'll love The Woman in the Window. It's the story of a woman too scared to leave her home, who spies on her neighbors through her camera lens. You'll think of Rear Window and other Hitchcock thrillers as you speed through the multiple shocking plot twists that keep the pages turning fast. Enjoy!

The Heart: A Novel Cover Image
By Maylis de Kerangal, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250117915
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Published: Picador - February 14th, 2017

Beautifully written, fast-paced, and heart-wrenching. The Heart is part medical drama, part family emergency, and a perfectly balanced story of life and death following a tragic accident. Maylis de Kerangal is an author you’ll want to take note of!

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2017

As unbelievable as it is disturbing, this real life “who-done-it” will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. An entire community terrorized by the people they trusted most. With good old-fashioned detective work, the newly formed FBI finally brings some semblance of justice to the Osage people. Any history buff will thoroughly enjoy this read.

Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393354362
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 16th, 2017

Ever taken a wrong turn following the directions of your GPS? You’ll thoroughly enjoy these thought-provoking insights on how GPS and its associated technologies have changed the way we live and think. With its in-depth descriptions of this highly technical subject – from early Polynesian mariners to U.S. Government disagreements of its value – this book shows how GPS is interwoven in everything we do. You’ll want to re-read this book again and again.

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

Exciting true story of a long lost city in the jungle of Honduras. Using lidar technology, a team of explorers attempt to answer questions long forgotten. Fast paced adventure story with lost treasure, hidden secrets, and scary creatures both seen and unseen. Written with thoughtful historical context, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476748399
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 20th, 2016

From the first page to the last you are drawn into the city of Detroit in its heyday. In its portrayal of the beginnings of the civil rights movement, Motown, and the U.S. Auto industry at its best, you'll recognize names long forgotten and envision an earlier time when anything appeared possible in this great city. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of how the Ford Mustang was developed in the secrecy of the U.S. Auto industry.

The Water Knife Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804171533
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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

Futuristic view of what could happen if we lose our most valuable natural resource – water. Set in the not too far-fetched future, it's everyone for themselves as water is running out. Grave consequences of over-development and its impact on us all. Important perspective for anyone living in the Southwest.This story will make you want to conserve water every time you turn on the tap.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060885618
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Published: Ecco - November 27th, 2012

You'll never watch a halftime show or celebration of our military without thinking about this book. It takes place during one day at Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving where Billy is being honored for his bravery during combat. From the perspective of the “hero” you see with fresh eyes what military veterans struggle with.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

The story of the 1936 Olympics and the team of students who persevered despite all odds is beautifully written.  I enjoyed this book. It's a depiction of life during the Great Depression, including family interactions, collegiate team work, and courage.  The story reminds me that during challenging times, if you focus on your dreams, anything is possible.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

If you're in the mood for a light-hearted read, this is the book for you. A laugh-out-loud story of an elderly man living alone, his interactions with friends and neighbors, and how life happens when you're not paying attention.  Great depiction of how loneliness can be overwhelming, but with an open heart friendship and hope can prevail. 

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062198778
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Published: Ecco - February 16th, 2016

I know, yet another story about the OK Corral, but this one is definitely worth the read.  Written from a different perspective, with the women struggling to make a home in the midst of this wild west town. In-depth detail of life during this difficult time period will make you want to read more from Dr. Russell.