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Cross My Heart
Cross My Heart by James Patterson (Other)
C minus minus -- Added by billz on 02/21/2014

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Just One Day
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Other)
An American girl falls in love with a Dutch boy that she meets while on a European tour in between high school and college. He invites her to leave the group and go with him to Paris for the day. I felt impatient at the beginning of this YA novel because it started slowly and I thought I knew where it was going, but by the end...oh, I just loved it. Although it was improbable in some ways, it was also a satisfying wish fulfillment story. Anything CAN happen in just one day! I still believe that, here in my 50s. Also, Kathleen McInerney does a great job of performing it on the audiobook. -- Added by Hope on 02/21/2014

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Code of Honor (Australian Destiny Book #1)
Code of Honor (Australian Destiny Book #1) by Sandra Dengler (Other)
Good story. -- Added by ozgirl on 02/21/2014

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Fallen Women
Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas (Other)
Sandra Dallas's historical fiction has always drawn me to her books and this one is no exception. "Fallen Women" takes on the topic of prostitution in the 1800's. It's the story of two sisters who are very different in personality. One is a proper lady; the other is a rebellious teen and ultimately is ordered out of the home by her parents whereupon she resorts to prostitution. She is murdered and our heroine helps to solve the mystery that surrounds the crime. All of this comes together as a most unusual story given its time in history. -- Added by mrhofferth on 02/20/2014

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The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Other)
The story tells of the Grimke sisters' work to abolish slavery in the early 1800's The daughters of a northern judge, they were born into lives of privilege but early on developed thoughts and feelings that caused them to abhor what they saw in their own home and in the surrounding area of their home in Philadelphia. As adults they worked against this institution, eventually becoming Quakers so they could follow that group's work against the holding of slaves. Their work as public speakers was unlike what was expected of women at that time. This is an excellent account of the time highlighting the work of the sisters as well as that of their parents' house slaves as it alternates chapters telling first of Sarah Grimke and then Handful, the name of her personal slave given to her on her 12th birthday. -- Added by mrhofferth on 02/20/2014

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The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Other)
Really good read occurring in early 19th century about a Southern slave owning family and their relationships. -- Added by cpeisner on 02/18/2014

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A Soldier's Secret
A Soldier's Secret by Moss (Other)
This is a novel closely based upon a real person in the Civil War, Sarah Edmonds. Born in Canada, she escapes a bad home life by passing as a man & moving to Michigan. She wanted the same freedom to follow her own path, which was impossible as a woman in the middle 1880s. The most fascinating part of her story is her life & adventures as a soldier in the Civil War-as spy,nurse, and hero. It was exciting as a novel but the author, at the end of the book, documents her life from her diary, military records & testaments from her fellow soldiers. I recommend this highly to anyone interested in a woman's first-hand view of what it was like to serve in the war & be recognized as a "man" among men. -- Added by jkot43 on 02/18/2014

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12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (Other)
Firsthand account of slavery during the 1850s. I enjoyed reading about Solomon's journey from free man to slave to free man again. Fascinating and, at times, gripping. -- Added by lewiscm on 02/18/2014

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Flyover Lives:  a Memoir
Flyover Lives: a Memoir by Diane Johnson (Other)
I enjoyed listening to the book, but it wasn't one that I felt was great. It tells some of her story and her ancestors. I did appreciate her journey to learn about some of her ancestors and their stories. -- Added by Duckyb on 02/18/2014

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Divergent (Divergent, Book 1)
Divergent (Divergent, Book 1) by Veronica Roth (Other)
This is the first in a very popular Young Adult trilogy about a post-apocalyptic world in which every 16-year-old has to chooose one of five possible life paths in order to prevent the return of war. -- Added by Hope on 02/17/2014

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Dark Witch
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts (Other)
Fans of Nora Roberts will enjoy this book, but if you were hoping for a better story, be prepared to be dissappointed. Wish N. R. would switch it up. Same formula from this writter witch is old. Not reccomending this book. -- Added by realvamps on 02/16/2014

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The Mayan Secrets
The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler (Other)
Having visited several Mayan sites in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, I enjoyed reading this fictional novel about modern Guatemalan problems, Mayan history and civilization, and the historical figure Bartolomé de las Casas. Guatemala is recovering from a 36-year long civil war and is hampered by a ruling class of a few extremely wealthy families who treat the indigent descendants of Mayans as peasants. The Mayans were first treated abominably by the Spanish Conquistadors and missionaries who nearly removed all vestiges of their ancient culture by destroying their civilization and burning their books. Our book's modern heroes, Sam and Remi Fargo, are in search of Mayan secret sites and look for clues in the works of the 16th Century priest Bartolomé de las Casas, who strove to convince the Spanish royalty and forces to convert the Mayans through peaceful means rather than forcefully. Sam and Remi must also thwart the attempts of one of the wealthy landowners to find those sites first. Many battles ensue. The book is an educational blend of history, fiction, Indy Jones, and high-tech mayhem. -- Added by 6thgenhoosier on 02/16/2014

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Enjoy Your Life
Enjoy Your Life by Muhammad 'Abd al-Rahaman Arifi (Other)
This book was translated from Arabic to English. Great words of wisdom. -- Added by wsafi on 02/16/2014

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Insurgent
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Other)
Wow! This did not dissapoint. Second in the series and could not put it down. -- Added by realvamps on 02/16/2014

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Divergent
Divergent by Veronica Roth (Other)
First in the series. Just as good as Hunger Games! Tris and Four are complex and unpeidictable characters. Can not wait to read Insurgent. -- Added by realvamps on 02/16/2014

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