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Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor
Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor by Patrick Taylor (1960s)
This is the 8th book in the series starting with An Irish Country Doctor. It begins with a young dr. going to a small Irish village as assistant to Dr. O'Reilly. After the first couple of books, the focus expands to other characters, with Fingal O'Reilly always most dominant. The series presents an interesting study of Irish way of life and thinking, not only in the 1960s but in flashbacks. I will eagerly await the next ones & hope the writer continues to expand on Fingal's life & times. I recommend listening to the audiobooks as the narrator will have you speaking with an Irish accent (at least in your head) which makes it feel more authentic. -- Added by jkot43 on 02/24/2014

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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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Murder on Nob Hill
Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman (Other)
This historical mystery (my favorite genre!) presents a picture of San Francisco in the 1880's. A female lawyer, barely tolerated by the dominate males of the period, tries to help a woman accused of murdering her husband. The attitude towards women, the Chinese and the White Slavery trade points up the inequities existing during the time. The book is the first in the series of the adventures of strong female fighting to make her place in that time. -- Added by jkot43 on 02/05/2014

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The Day the World Came to Town
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede (2000s)
Like the Titanic, 9/11 has a place with other disasters of our history. I am interested in the way it affected different groups of people. This book shows a new view of how people far from New York City dealt with unbelievable changes in their lives. Because there existed the threat of more possible attacks, the US government closed the nation's airspace, forcing planes to land in the first available airport. Thirty-eight jetliners carrying 6,595 passengers and crew members landed in Gander, Newfoundland, a town of barely 10,000 population. This book shows the huge hospitality of the "Newfies" and the feeling of horror & displacement of passengers from many countries, cultural & religions. I was introduced to a marvelous cast of characters that reinforced my faith in the goodness that exists in most people. It's well worth reading & goes quickly. -- Added by jkot43 on 01/26/2014

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The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (1910s)
Although there is an ABUNDANCE of new & previous material on the sinking of the Titanic, this one introduces a fictional character with an interesting interaction with a real person who represents the moral decision faced by many that night. A young Irish girl hoping to find work in America as a dressmaker/designer manages to get employment as a personal maid to a famous European dressmaker. The results of this relationship is especially entertaining to those who enjoy some history along with their fiction. I highly recommend this book which moves at a brisk pace & at times is hard to put down. -- Added by jkot43 on 01/12/2014

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The Maid's Version
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell (1920s)
I know this is supposed to be a best-selling book, but to me it was a confusing collection of "biographies". The basic plot deals with who was responsible for a tragic event in the 1920's. Then it hops back & forth through the 20's to the 60's. I think it is riding on the success of the author's popular book, "Winter's Bone". -- Added by jkot43 on 01/12/2014

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