Dream Lover, by Berg
George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior. After leaving her estranged husband, Sand moved to Paris where she wrote, wore men’s clothing, smoked cigars, and had love affairs with famous men and an actress named Marie. In an era of incredible artistic talent, Sand was the most famous female writer of her time. Her lovers and friends included Frederic Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugene Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more.
Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down - Ally Carter (Scholastic Press) This is another
fascinating story of teenage life in a US Embassy overseas. Grace again gets
herself into trouble, over and over, as she strives to solve the mystery of the
scar-faced man she believes to have murdered her mother. Carter keeps us
guessing while giving most interesting detail about the properties
"owned" by each nation. For me, as an Air Force brat, this is a book
that is entertaining while being realistic about the lives of young people
living is a foreign land. - Karen
Lamentation, a medieval mystery by C.J. Sansom Matthew Shardlake is brought into action when Queen Catherine Parr summons him to the palace to help recover a dangerous manuscript. The queen has written a confessional book that, if it came to King Henry's attention, could bring her and her sympathizers crashing down. The secret book has vanished; only one page has been recovered, clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer.
At the Water's Edge, a novel by Sara Gruen After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII.Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, they make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love.
and Otto and Russell and James, a novel by Emma Hooper 83-year-old Etta quietly
sets out to walk 3,200 kilometers to the coast of Canada for her first view of
the ocean. This is her haunting and beautiful memories of her husband, her
lifelong friend, Russell, and a loyal coyote named James.
Nightingale, a novel by Kristin Hanna Filled with sacrifice, betrayal, suspense and courage, this is the tale
of two French sisters who are part of the underground Resistance. This is an
unforgettable story of the German occupation, near starvation and the struggle
to save Jewish children as well as American flyers who are downed behind enemy
The World of Ice & Fire, by George R. R. Martin This is the comprehensive guide to all things Game of Thrones and beyond. From the pre-history to the coming of the First Men, through the reign of the Targaryen kings and Robert’s Rebellion, this guide—co-written by George R.R. Martin and the immensely knowledgeable founders and keepers of the www.westeros.org site—will tell series readers old and new all they might want to know about the history and culture of Westeros and the lands beyond the Narrow Sea—a tapestry of all new history that George has invented solely for this volume.
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Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall
The best-selling author of Born to Run travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive & well on the island of Crete. After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past Nazi pursuers, with only their own wits and courage to guide them?
McDougall makes his way to the island to retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero—natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets of the world today.
The Great War, by Paul Fussell
World War I changed a generation, ushered in the modern era, and revolutionized how we see the world. Drawing from a variety of primary sources--including personal correspondence, newspapers, and literary works--this award-winning landmark study by Paul Fussell, originally published in 1975, changed how we look at World War I. Enhanced with a wide selection of rare and fascinating images, this edition of The Great War and Modern Memory helps us fully grasp the true scope and continuing impact of this catastrophic war.
The Road to Character, by Brook
The fact is that we live in a hypercompetitive meritocracy: colleges and businesses alike reward goal-oriented superstars and those who self-promote are most likely to thrive. This rigorous, culture-wide emphasis on external acheivements can lead to great success but it also fosters shrewdness and a narrow self-focus: a “Big Me” culture. As a result, we may be more capable—but are we better leaders and thinkers?
Beginning with an examination of how our hunger for wealth and status is eroding our ability to create meaningful inner lives, Brooks looks at men and women throughout history whose genuine sense of humility was fundamental to their success. From St. Augustine, Dorothy Day, Eisenhower, and Samuel Johnson, Brooks explores how their inner struggles transformed each of these men and women into high points of moral clarity and intelligence.
Legends & Lies: The Real West, by Bill O'Reilly A fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know. All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's "Legends and Lies" docuseries --from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, "Legends and Lies" is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history.
All the Wild That Remains, by David Gessner Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches National Park in Utah, braiding their stories and asking how they speak to the lives of all those who care about the West. These two great westerners had very different ideas about what it meant to love the land and try to care for it, and they did so in distinctly different styles.
Goddesses Never Age, by Dr. Christiane Northrup Dr. Northrup's premise is that we have it within ourselves to age gracefully, and to take pleasure in living life. She mixes personal stories and practical exercises with the latest research on health and aging.
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War, by Lynsey Addario Her true story of turning her first love of photography into a career. She becomes an award-winning photojournalist, traveling at a moment's notice to the front lines of war-torn countries: Afghanistan before and after Taliban control, Iraq, Dafur, Libya, and the Congo. Her photos illustrating Human Rights violations, particularly against women, have been featured in National Geographic, the New York Times, Time and Life magazines. This is a beautifully written, gripping suspense that will keep you turning the pages long into the night.
of Lewiston-Auburn, by Mary Rice-DeFosse & James Myall As their population grew in Maine, religious leaders became community leaders,
building a support system and child care as well. The authors explore the
challenges and accomplishments of this Franco-American culture.
Experiment: the Private Life of King George III, by Janice Hadlow Against his awful family
background—of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal—George fervently
pursued a radical domestic dream: he would have a faithful marriage and raise
loving, educated, and resilient children. The struggle of King George—along
with his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children—to pursue a passion for
family will surprise history buffs and delight a broad swath of biography
readers and royal watchers.