Book Genre: History

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Johnny Walker
ShellyB
4

The audio version of this book was really well done - I found it completely believable that the narrator was actually the Iraqi telling the story of his experiences as a translator for the Navy Seals assigned to hunt down terrorists and insurgents in Iraq.  The author of this memoir does a...

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Alison
5

This is a giant book of essays that is worth its weight (and perhaps also its wait, as it will take even the most dedicated reader several weeks to get through).  The essays are arranged chronologically by topic, covering many of the conflicts, discoveries, inventions, achievements, and...

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Amy Novesky
Angelita
5

Many of the books on Frida Kahlo may be too grown up for children, but this book is a great book to explore Frida's art and life.  Especially when researching Latin American Artist.  The book shows how Frida became an artist, but also how her husband and the things around her became...

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Charmaine Ortega Getz
Porscha
4

I was happy to stumble on this book in our collection. It covers a lot of insider’s information of interesting and eccentric locations and history in Colorado. It also explains a few things I always wondered about and even a few I hadn’t heard of yet. Two interesting sites I hadn’t heard about...

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Rachelle Bergstein
Laurie.
5

I have owned, held or pined for most of the shoes mentioned in this book. More than just a history of shoes, the book chronicles the symbiotic relationship between shoes and our culture. Bergstein's research appears to be thorough and well documented but really, even if it wasn't...

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Nate Cosby
Kristi
1

10 year old Nate is a bounty hunter in the old west. It seems his targets are members of his own family who he wants to bring to justice for his own ill treatment at their hands. Boyd will stop at nothing to get his man, including using violence and shooting people with his gun shaped like a...

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Bill Bryson
KateM
4

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A...

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Walt Whitman
Rebecca
4

When I decided to read a poetry book to review, I decided to go for a book that I’ve been meaning to read but was pretty sure that, absent external incentive, I never would never actually get around do: Walt Whitman’s epic* Leaves of Grass. Two friends of mine set one of Whitman’s poems...

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Thomas Cahill
seanamo
2

I wanted to like this book. I had heard good things, but apparently I have been spoiled by modern narrative non-fiction. Cahill runs through pre-medieval history, spending FAR too much time on Rome and Greece (1/3 of the book), in strict chronological order and never really weaving a story, or...

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Michael Pollan
Michelle
3

I'm a sucker for Michael Pollan. This time he covers the history of food by looking at how we cook with air, fire, water and earth.

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Michael L. Cooper
Michael
5

Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s by Michael L. Cooper is a great introduction to The Great Depression for kids and teens. 

Dust to Eat includes anecdotes from John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, offering readers a connection to other media,...

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Robert M Edsel
ShellyB
4

The Monuments Men tells the story of the brave men and women determined to save art from rampant looting and possible destruction not only by the Nazis during (and leading up to) WWII, but by the Allied forces, as well.  Most of the men recruited to become part of this Allied...

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Judith Bloom Fradin
kmcfall
4

Review contains spoilers!

 

Stolen into Slavery is the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was captured in the United States and sold into slavery in Louisiana.  This incredible story is the inspiration for the movie Twelve Years a Slave...

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Yael Kohen
Mandy M.
5

The exploration of the heated question are women funny is fully and hilariously discussed in We Killed: the rise of women in American comedy. First of all, the chapters are divided into eras of comedy and the corresponding comedians and themes. If anyone is looking for a specific American female...

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Fannie Flagg
Adelina
5

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is Fannie Flagg’s newest novel. I love this novel. I think everyone should read it.

Fannie Flagg’s memorable characters and her great storytelling blending of history and the present day makes you almost unaware of learning about the strength of...

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Reginald Hudlin
kmcfall
3

This graphic novel is based on the 2012 film of the same name, Django Unchained. The book starts off with an introduction by Tarantino himself claiming this to be his complete script including scenes that had to be cut from the film due to time constraints. After reading the book I found it...

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Sheri Fink
Elaine
5

I wasn't in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, but I felt the pain of the people who waited for days on their rooftops or lived in squalor in the Superdome. How could the response to disaster in the United States have the look and feel of a disaster itself?

Dr. Sheri Fink, physician...

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Margaret Powell
Charles
3

Below Stairs creates a telling portrait of the relationship between the classes in turn-of-the-century England.  The author, Margaret Powell, began working as a kitchen maid and eventually attained the status of cook.  She explains the different roles among the servants, how...

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Patrick McDonnell
kmcfall
5

Me ... Jane by Patrick McDonnell tells the story of young Jane Goodall who dreamed of a life in Africa helping animals and changing the world. The story starts off with Jane receiving a toy chimpanzee which she would name Jubilee. The story follows Jane's and Jubilee's adventures as she explores...

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Malala Yousafzai
Beckyr
4

Malala is well-known as the schoolgirl victim of a shooting by the Taliban in Pakistan. This memoir brings her to life. She is still a schoolgirl who misses her friends, but she is also an experienced activist who can speak confidently in front of international diplomats. Malala and her family...

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Elizabeth Gilbert
Jennifer
5

I admit, I was hesitant to read this latest book by Elizabeth Gilbert, whom you'll probably remember as the author of the wildly popular Eat, Pray, Love. It was precisely because of my not-so-great-fondness of Eat,...

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Erik. 1954- Larson
Nancy
4

The subtitle of this book has the words "murder, magic and madness".  To those I'd add "politics, ego, and intrigue".  This book is a fascinating description of what it took to pull off a major world event in a city that was viewed by many as a corrupt cow town.  Add to that the...

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Kathryn J Atwood
Hope H
3

Kathryn J. Atwood's Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue is a good place for older kids and teens to start their research into the European theater of the war, but it by no means gives a complete picture even of the women it...

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Mary Ellen Gilliland
mbrandstetter
2

The mountain region between Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone and Silverthorne had it's fair share of unsavory people.  Mary Ellen Gilliland takes us back to the past to take a closer look at their antics and the justice system that doled out the consequences.  That is,...

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Daniel Brown
DawnM
5

Part history, part biography, I thought that this book would be about just the main character, Joe Rantz, and the crew team he was part of. But the book covered so much more! It includes the history of George Pocock and the development of his boats, the great depression, the 1916 Olympics,...