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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman (1940s)
"The Zookeeper's Wife", by Diane Ackerman is an account of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, Polish Christian owners and managers of the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, before, during, and after World War II. This non - fiction account relates how the Nazi's occupied Warsaw, bombed the Old City of Warsaw, forced Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto, and destroyed the lives of Polish people and zoo animals. The book also describes how Antonina and Jan Zabinski helped hundreds of Jews and Poles escape, using their zoo as an "underground railroad" to safety. It was a very interesting book, especially with descriptions of the animals in the zoo, and how the owners treated humans and animals. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/10/2014

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The Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Murder Case
The Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Murder Case by George Baxt (1930s)
"The Clark Gable And Carole Lombard Murder Case" by George Baxt takes place in the late 1930's, just before the premiere of "Gone With The Wind", in which Clark Gable plays Rhett Butler. Husband and wife Clark Gable and Carole Lombard are big stars in Hollywood, and many of the Hollywood big names are strewn throughout the book, including W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, and Joan Crawford. Carole Lombard is an amateur sleuth, and she matches theories with the police and the F. B. I., in an attempt to solve cases of missing persons, kidnapping, and murder. It all ties together in the end, and Clark Gable humors his wife's "analytical mind". There are many funny lines, and Hollywood secrets are exposed. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 02/03/2014

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Gravity by Tess Gerritsen (1990s)
"Gravity" by Tess Gerritsen is NOT the same story as the stunning movie released in 2013, BUT it is about NASA, astronauts, the International Space Station, and bio-terrorism. This is a terrific mystery / thriller. I don't know why the 2013 movie used Tess Gerritsen's title and some of the plot lines, but I enjoyed this immensely. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/26/2014

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A Small Town in Germany
A Small Town in Germany by John Le Carré (1960s)
"A Small Town In Germany" by John LeCarre is a curious tale of Bonn, Germany during the Cold War. Bonn, Germany is overwhelmed by British diplomats, their wives, German politicians, spies, post World War II philosophers, and everyone has secrets to hide while playing the political game and performing supposedly important diplomatic duties. There is a great deal of tension and negotiating among the major and minor players. This was an easy and interesting read. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/26/2014

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Bloodstream by P. M. Carlson (1990s)
"Bloodstream" by P. M. Carlson takes place in Nichols County, Indiana, and the heroine is Sheriff's Deputy Martine (Marty) Hopkins. The shores of the White River and the surrounding farmland and countryside provide the environment for the mutilated bodies, missing persons, historical intrigue, archaeological digs, and curious characters that confound the police department. This is a good Indiana mystery / police procedural, but perhaps not as great as other books by the author. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/26/2014

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Stephen Morris
Stephen Morris by Nevil Shute (1960s)
"Stephen Morris, by British author Nevil Shute, is one of two short stories combined in one book; the other short story is "Pilotage". As in other novels by Nevil Shute, this is a tale of the early days of the British commercial aviation industry, post World War I enterprises, aeronautical engineering, marriage, love affairs, and students at Oxford University. There are several sub - plots, numerous interesting characters, and 1920's British views of the world. This book was published in 1961, after the death of the author. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/18/2014

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The Rainbow and the Rose
The Rainbow and the Rose by Nevil Shute (1950s)
"The Rainbow And The Rose", by British author Nevil Shute, was written in 1958, and takes place in Tasmania. Johnnie Pascoe, a retired commercial and military pilot, crashes his plane, and is injured and unconscious. Ronnie Clarke, a pilot who was taught to fly by Johnnie Pascoe, volunteers to rescue his teacher. While staying at the injured pilot's house, Ronnie Clarke experiences, in flashback, events in Johnnie Pascoe's life. This is an thrilling book, with some technical airplane / flying aspects, but also with a sense of place in Tasmania. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/16/2014

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The Surgeon
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (2000s)
"The Surgeon", by Tess Gerritsen, is a Jane Rizzoli detective story, BEFORE teaming up with Dr. Maura Isles, in the television series. Detective Jane Rizzoli of the Boston Homicide Unit, helps to solve the murders and assaults of women by a killer with medical knowledge and surgical skills. In addition, Detective Rizzoli must withstand verbal abuse from her colleagues, and works to keep a fellow detective focused on the case. The Jane Rizzoli in this book looks and acts quite opposite to what is seen in the television show. It's an easy read, and a complicated plot. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/14/2014

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In the Wet
In the Wet by Nevil Shute (1980s)
"In The Wet", by British author Nevil Shute, was written in 1953, but a large percentage of the book takes place in 1983, in future Britain, Canada, and Australia. An Anglican priest ministers to a dying man, and learns the story of an Australian Air Force pilot in the future! 1983 England has been ruined and bled dry by Socialism. The Royal Family is inconvenienced and abused; the Queen enlists the Australian Air Force pilot to help her and her family seek refuge in Australia. An interesting characteristic of democracies in the "future" is the "multiple vote"; everyone gets one vote, but additional votes can be earned by individuals for advanced education, integrity, and fidelity in marriage. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/12/2014

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Round the Bend
Round the Bend by Nevil Shute (1920s)
"Round The Bend", by Nevil Shute (British novelist and aeronautical engineer), was written in 1951, but begins in the 1920's and continues into the next decade. Many of Nevil Shute's books concern the aviation industry, and this book tells the story of a young British man who learns to fly airplanes, and builds an air transport company from scratch. The book also tackles racism and a new religion developing around an aircraft mechanic. The book was quite interesting because the pilots fly throughout the world, especially in Europe and Asia. -- Added by pittsburghpolish on 01/10/2014

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