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The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw

In this hefty tome, Irwin Shaw follows the lives of three young men serving as soldiers during World War II.  Christian Diestl, is a member of the German army; Michael Whiteacre, an American producer; and Noah Ackerman, a Jewish-American. Each … Continue reading

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Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

The year is 1910, and 12 year old Grace lives in a cramped Vermont company house with her family.  She enjoys attending the local school, where she and her friend Arthur are top students.  Now her studies (and her freedom) … Continue reading

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Neverhome by Laird Hunt

In a unique perspective of the US Civil War, Laird Hunt presents a work of historical fiction narrated by a woman.  Disguised as a man, she calls herself Ash Thompson, leaves her husband on the farm, and takes up arms … Continue reading

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Confederates In The Attic by Tony Horwitz

Although this work of non-fiction was written in the 1990’s, it’s especially pertinent today.  Journalist and Civil War enthusiast Tony Horwitz took a journey through the South, following the path of the great Civil War battles.  Sometimes he went as … Continue reading

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Strange Stones by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler is an American writer who spent years living abroad in China.  His memoir of teaching in a village called Fuling, River Town, is one of my favorites.  Strange Stones compiles various observations from his time in China, but also upon … Continue reading

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Saving Italy by Robert M. Edsel

In his earlier work, The Monuments Men, Edsel told of the bravery and skill of World War II military men assigned to protect and save Europe’s historical buildings and art treasures from injury and loss during the war.  It was such … Continue reading

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The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen

Among the many Southerners who were determined to help the North win the US Civil War, was a woman called Elizabeth Van Lew.  Called “Crazy Bet,” she resided in Richmond, and not only aided Union POWs at the local prison; … Continue reading

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