Mao Zedong

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Mao Zedong: A Life By Jonathan D. Spence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143037729
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Published: Penguin Books - August 29th, 2006

Jonathan Spence's excellent short biography Mao Zedong is a clear, concise account of Mao's career by the noted China historian. Spence shows how many of Mao's programs and policies still have ramifications in today's China, and how Mao cleverly used events, like the Long March and his own interpretation of Marxism, to rule China with an iron fist for so long. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight

The Tender Bar

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The Tender Bar: A Memoir By J. R. Moehringer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786888764
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Published: Hachette Books - August 1st, 2006

This is memoir writing at its very best. I laughed, I cried, I marveled at the wonderful writing and I became completely engaged with each character. Mr. Moehringer has written a great book which deserves to stand with other American literature to be enjoyed not only for the poignant story but for the life lessons it teaches and the fine craftmanship of the writing. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK! ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir By Jeannette Walls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

This is a hard to put down contemporary memoir by a woman who is becoming so much more than a survivor. She reflects on her crazy, dangerous, lonely, thrilling, frightening, tender, adventurous childhood with a rare forgiveness that brings even greater depth to her memoir. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale By Gillian Gill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345451880
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 13th, 2005

This is an important and immensely readable biography of Florence Nightingale. It is told, in large part, from the point of view of her family. There is a great wealth of information here as well a sharp historical perspective. The author gives readers new insight, by some cleverly disguised psychological profiling, into the stunning achievements of this great humanitarian and allows us to understand the woman behind the heroine. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky

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The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky: A True Story By Ken Dornstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375707698
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2007

David Dornstein, the author's brother, was killed in the terrorist attack on Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988. This is a beautiful memoir of David's life and his struggle to be recognized as a writer and of the author's struggle to make sense of David's life and death. It is also the story of his own struggle to find a life of his own. The story is well written, deeply personal and a tribute to an adored brother. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


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