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The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling

Subtitled “Dinosaurs, Evolution and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World,” this wonderful work of non-fiction is the story of Mary Anning who, in 1811 at the age of 12, discovered a dinosaur skeleton at the cliffs of her English home … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia surrounded by women, who like her, were educated women of color.  Her father worked for NASA and many of the older ladies in the neighborhood were also current or former NASA employees. … Continue reading

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Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

On the island of Nantucket in the 1660’s, a young girl named Bethia grows up in a Puritan household.  The daughter of a minister, Bethia has the opportunity to meet members of the Wampanoag tribe, and she develops a particular … Continue reading

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America The Beautiful by Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson is a respected neurosurgeon who made headlines when he criticized the path American is currently taking at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013.  Known for his motivational books and speeches, Carson has recently been speaking out against … Continue reading

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Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

A journalist spends three years in Annawadi, a slum created haphazardly behind an airport in Mumbai, and she reports of the poverty there by relating the stories of several of its residents.  The result is Behind the Beautiful Forevers. I … Continue reading

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Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

This February I am embarking on a four book challenge in honor of Black History Month.  The first novel, Freeman, tackles the plight of the American Negro in the aftermath of the civil war. Told in three story lines that … Continue reading

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Alaska by James A. Michener

You can tell it’s the holiday season, because I finished reading this book a week ago and it’s taken me until now to write my review.  And, did I mention it took me about three weeks to finish it?   Well, … Continue reading

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