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wonderfully written true story that touches on infuriating topics.  read while visiting new orleans even . . .

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers ---- The true story of one family, caught between America's two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.


This haunting novel, which just failed to win the Booker this year, is at once McEwan at his most closely observed and psychologically penetrating, and his most sweeping and expansive. It is in eff

World Book Night 2012~~Zeitoun

World Book Night

The Poisonwood Bible Read this not knowing what to expect. Great book, I couldn't put it down!

The Poisonwood Bible- by Barbara Kingsolver ("The Poisonwood Bible" is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in

Set in WWII, Hansel and Gretel are so named to hide their Jewishness. Aimed at the adult audience, but suitable for teens.

This riveting retelling of Hansel and Gretel, set during World War II, is both masterfully crafted and terrifying. While the story is painfully violent, it really opened my eyes to the atrocities that took place during the Nazi invasion of Poland.

True story...gritty and exciting.  If you've seen the movie, believe me, it is not the same.  Just read it...AMAZING!

Seabiscuit, his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

As recent as the 90's and into today the North Koreans experienced such isolation and extreme suppression under their regime through starvation, political encarceration, and imprisonment in work camps with horrendous conditions.  They are resilient people- this is their story.

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick

A Thousand Splendid Suns book review:  http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/05/a-thousand-splendid-suns-book-review.html

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" Khaled Hosseini. His novel "The Kite Runner" is more popular, but this is wonderful story, and in my opinion the better book.

The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love

The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne. There's 3 Sweet Potato books. They're all funny! Can't go wrong with the Sweet Potato Queens!

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Literary Doppelgangers

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett - Every hostage situation should be lucky enough to have an oprea singer.

The "American Dream"...part two

Oprah chooses Franzen’s ‘Freedom’ for book club

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn -- review by Lois Lowry

For Lois Lowry, 'Brooklyn' Was Raw And Real

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg

Book Review: Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano: Loved this true story about an amazing immigrant family in early 1900 NYC

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet by Stieg Larsson. The story was such a twisted soap opera by this book that my interest shut down and tuned out. Bummer after the first 2.

Stieg Larsson's 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' is a triumph

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Trilogy Series by Stieg Larsson



For over three decades in American history, Willie Sutton was America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such