Tag Archives: America

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Packaged in a series of short stories, Colum McCann’s Transatlantic shows the connections between random lives in Ireland and the United States.  The stories feature such notable figures as Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Senator George Mitchell. … Continue reading

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Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northrup

Originally published in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is Solomon’s Northrup’s personal account of how he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  Born a free man in Saratoga, New York, Northrup’s narrative is meant to be a factual, unemotional account, but … Continue reading

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Blood And Thunder by Hampton Sides

Subtitled An Epic of the American West, Hampton Sides’ Blood and Thunder is a tour de force, an amazing work of non-fiction, telling the story of Kit Carson and the settling of the West. From it’s opening pages, I was hooked.  Sides … Continue reading

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Heimat by Shirley Wegner Nitschke

In the 1830’s, German immigrants began arriving in Russia, chased out of their homeland by crushing taxes and military conscription.  The emperor’s wars were taking it’s toll on the people, and they’d had enough.  Queen Catherine of Russia had new … Continue reading

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The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

I loved this heartbreaking tale of two star-crossed teenagers, who find each other in a low-income apartment block filled with immigrants like themselves.  Maribel came on the back of a truck with her family from Mexico, in the hopes of … Continue reading

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

When it was first published in 1899, The Awakening was a shocking look at how society treats female infidelity.  The novel was a door-opener, and as is oftentimes the case, it is difficult to read such novels and understand, in … Continue reading

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The Rathbones by Janice Clark

Narrated by 15 year old Mercy Rathbone, The Rathbones is a fantastical tale of a whaling family in 19th century Connecticut.  Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, Ms. Rathbone takes us on a journey unraveling the mystery of her father, her … Continue reading

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