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A Crack In The Edge Of The World by Simon Winchester

Geologist and writer Simon Winchester presents a book about the Great San Francisco earthquake that occurred on April 18, 1906.  Winchester goes to great lengths to explain how our earth is connected by the various tectonic plates, so that even … Continue reading

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

When the movie came out, I was a huge fan, although I head never read anything by Amy Tan.  The stories about Chinese mothers and their daughters were so compelling and rich, I found myself watching the film multiple times … Continue reading

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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jang Chung

Jang Chung is the author of The Wild Swans, a favorite book of mine, so I had no trepidation in reading another chunkster of her books, Mao: The Unknown Story.  Written as a non-fiction historical account of Chairman Mao’s life, Jang Chung … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

The Devil’s Cup: A History of World According to Coffee is part travel memoir, part history book as author Stewart Lee Allen travels the globe looking for the history of coffee and it’s influences on the world.  Allen visits Ethiopia, … Continue reading

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Joy To The World by Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn is a Catholic scholar and teacher, and I’ve greatly enjoyed some of his other books.  Joy to the World is a closer look at Jesus’s birth – both in terms of what is known historically and how His … Continue reading

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The Girls Of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

During World War II, the race was on between the allies and the axis to build a super-weapon, a bomb which would decide the fate of the war.  In the sleepy hills of Tennessee, the Federal Government built a fenced-in, … Continue reading

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In Manchuria by Michael Meyer

The more I read about China, the more eager I am to learn about this nation, rich in history and culture.  Michael Meyer, becomes an expat living in rural China after a stint in Peace Corps, and enjoys teaching there.  … Continue reading

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