Margaret B.

American History

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Magazine
American History

This is a great magazine for history lovers.  The June 2015 issue has articles on April 1865 (the ending of the civil war and Abraham Lincoln's assassination); Nurses who served the population in the Appalachians on horseback in the 1920s; and the American Revolutionary Battle of Kings Mountain. Check our Catalog

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An Irish Country Doctor

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Patrick Taylor
An Irish Country Doctor

This book took me to a charming village set in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.  Dr. Barry Laverty is fresh out of medical school and looking for a job when he encounters Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.  Barry has a lot of lessons to learn from the older doctor.  Full of charming and likeable characters; first in a series of 9 books. Check our Catalog

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Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Louis Zamperini and David Rensin
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Louis Zamperini’s story has been told through the movie “Unbroken” and by the book of the same title by Laura Hillebrand.  This book is in Louis’ own words, revealing more of his life and the lessons he has learned along the way; and was finished only a few days before he passed at age 97.  There are gems of wisdom and advice throughout.  One of my favorites is  “no matter how old you are, don’t stop challenging yourself with new experiences, but be smart about it, please”.   He was skateboarding, mountain climbing and skiing well into his eighties. Check our Catalog

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Gone: A Heartbreaking Story of the Civil War; A Photographic Plea for Preservation

Friday, May 30, 2014
Shelby Foote
Gone: A Heartbreaking Story of the Civil War; A Photographic Plea for Preservati

You can’t go wrong with a story by the legendary Shelby Foote, and the photos are just heartbreaking to behold.  There is still time to save these civil war relics of the past, and I hope this book brings more attention to this issue.  Just a gem of a book.   I only wish there were more photos.

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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution

Friday, May 23, 2014
Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution

The names Caleb Brewster,  James Rivington, Austin Roe, Robert Townsend,  Abraham Woodhull, and Agent 355 should be known to all who love American history.   Hopefully, this book will shed light on these true American heroes.  We come to know their stories, in part, because George Washington saved his letters detailing their exploits .   I loved this well-written book.

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The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel

Friday, May 23, 2014
Larry McMurtry
The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel

Don’t be looking for a Lonesome Dove quality book here.  At times this book is raunchy and funny, but it leaves one unsatisfied.  The book is about the last days of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday with some other famous old western characters thrown in.  I still found it interesting though.   It is perfect for a quick summer read.  

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Friday, May 23, 2014
Timothy Egan
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Ed

The amazing life Edward Curtis had just floored me. I am so glad I read this well-researched book by Timothy Egan. It is just full of larger than life figures from American history, and you should read it on this point alone. This book shows you what a difference one man’s passion can make. Edward Curtis made it his life’s mission to photograph and record stories of the American Indians before their way of life disappeared. It’s an amazing true story and a great read. 

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Leviathan

Friday, May 23, 2014
James Byron Huggins
Leviathan

Could be a familiar formula - scientists gone mad, creating a creature made from a Komodo Dragon which escapes and terrorizes the people hoping to contain it on an island – but it transcends that.  It was really a good book which ultimately is about courage, friendship and even love.   Check our Catalog

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Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Steve Luxenberg
Annie's Ghosts

This book is really good on so many levels.  It’s a memoir of a son trying to find out all the reasons his mother kept a life-long secret.  The journey takes him to long lost family, the depression, a bustling Detroit, the immigrant experience, the holocaust, and the treatment of the mentally ill and handicapped.  I appreciate all the research the author put into this book.  It was amazing!   Check our Catalog

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House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Stephen Berry
House of Abraham

Very seldom have I read a book about the real human cost of the civil war and its effect on one family.  It is well known that the war between the states was “brother against brother” but this book really brings it home.  Most of Mary Todd Lincoln’s family sided with the Confederates, and as you can imagine, caused great problems and difficulties for the president.  Very interesting read. Check our Catalog for the book on CD 973.709Ber

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