A Strong West Wind

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A Strong West Wind: A Memoir By Gail Caldwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812972566
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 9th, 2007

Like myself, a child of the 60's, Gail Caldwell reflects back on how her involvement in the peace movement,women's liberation movement, her relationship with her father and her passion for classic literature brought her to where she is today. A nostalgic, well written memoir. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum

His Excellency

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His Excellency: George Washington By Joseph J. Ellis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400032532
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Published: Vintage - November 8th, 2005

Joseph Ellis at his brilliant best. Delightful character study of the "Foundingest father" of them all. Careful research, penetrating insight, and writing that sparkles make this one of the most important Washington books of the past generation. ~ Reviewed by Bill Lewis

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780767913737
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Published: Anchor - October 10th, 2006

The people, wildlife and danger all come alive in this exceptional recounting of Theodore Roosevelt's expedition down an unexplored Amazon river in 1913-1914. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

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Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir By Nick Flynn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393329407
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2005

Whether you are put off or amused by the title, be prepared for a superb reading experience. Flynn writes in a unique style about a troubled childhood and an alcoholic, homeless father who re-enters his life after years of estrangement. In the crowded field of literary memoirs, Nick Flynn's story is a stand out. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

Wild Swans

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China By Jung Chang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743246989
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2003

Wild Swans is a compelling memoir that chronicles three generations of a Chinese family. Jung Chang, the narrator, chronicles the lives of her grandmother and mother as well as her own generation through some of the most tumultuous times in Chinese history. By combining gripping historical accounts with powerful prose, Chang recreates what it was like to live through the Communist Era--the civil war, death, and accusations that naturally surrounded such a volatile time in history. Beginning in the late 60's Chang chronicles her successive lives as a red guard, "barefoot doctor", and factory worker. What emerges is a complete view of the politics and changes in humanity that resulted from the devastation during and after the Cultural Revolution. This is a powerful piece that will appeal to Sinologists and casual readers of history alike. The uplifting message you leave the book with can't help but make you feel that humanity ultimately prevails. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell

The Bronte Myth

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ISBN: 9781400078356
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2005

For anyone who has ever been intrigued by the mystery and "moor-based- myth" that surround the Bronte sisters, then you must read this book. Miller mixes biography, literary criticism, and history in order to "de-mythify" the lives and literature of these fascinating women. Miller chronicles the lives of the Bronte sisters, mainly focusing on the life of the elder sister, Charlotte. Sparked by the release of Jane Eyre written under the pseudonym Currer Bell (A.K.A. Charlotte Bronte), and the debut of Wuthering Heights written by Ellis Bell (A.K.A. Emily Bronte), the public immediately began to attack what was then deemed as the perverse and disturbed literature of seemingly corrupt and morally bankrupt minds. Little did the public know that the authors that they so attacked were in fact the daughters of a parish priest. Yet it is precisely this focus on the person behind the literature and not the literature itself that Miller attacks. Starting with the first biography of the Bronte family written by Elizabeth Gaskell shortly after Charlotte's death, the Bronteâ??s literary legacy was relatively ignored and instead a cult of personality was built around the Bronte sisters themselves. Miller seeks to document the rise and fall of the various ways in which the Bronte sisters have been extolled for their virtue and condemned for their base morals at different times in history. Whether you believe the Brontes were forerunners in the feminist movement or paragons of womanly virtue and chastity, you must give this succinct and fascinating book a chance. ~ Reviewed by Cheryl Cornwell


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