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Eat, Pray, Love
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (History/Biography)
This book is actually set in Italy, India and Indonesia as the author spends 4 months in each country. She reveals more of the culture and country in the Italy and Indonesia sections. The descriptions of the author's study of meditation in India and Indonesia were fascinating. -- Added by Suejefferies on 03/12/2018

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Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (History/Biography)
This is a fascinating account of Leonardo's life and art. The "renaissance man." -- Added by dfs on 03/12/2018

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From Dawn to Decadence
From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun (History/Biography)
An exceptional review of the people and concepts that have dominated the last 500 years with plenty of suggestions for further reading in areas of particular interest. -- Added by JoeWilli45 on 03/11/2018

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Magical Thinking
Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs (History/Biography)
A very funny and disturbing book about Burroughs' life and his various obsessions- it is a strangely happy read even though some of the subjects of his true stories are unsettling. -- Added by llev45 on 03/11/2018

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Isaac's Storm
Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson (History/Biography)
This is the chilling story of the great hurricane of 1900 which almost totally destroyed Galveston, TX. While I knew the basics before reading this, it was fascinating to follow the chronicle of the storm as recounted by Larson based on many documents of the time. It was appalling to see how pride & ego cost so many lives just to preserve the reputation of the infant weather service of the time. It was also very revealing to find out how limited the science of the time was. An excellently researched history; a little hard to read, but very well-written, as are all of Larson's books. -- Added by ElizabethR on 03/10/2018

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The Duel
The Duel by John Lukacs (History/Biography)
recommend -- Added by edger on 03/08/2018

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The Billion Dollar Spy
The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman (History/Biography)
recommend -- Added by edger on 03/08/2018

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The Monk of Mokha
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers (History/Biography)
The true story of a Yemeni man in San Francisco who wants to rebuild Yemen's coffee industry. He has to learn about coffee and get the Yemeni growers to be willing to work with him. All this during unrest in Yemen and the man's imprisonment. Well written, interesting man. -- Added by eelizmeek on 03/04/2018

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan (History/Biography)
True story about a teenager in WWII Italy. When he becomes old enough for the draft, he joins the German army to keep himself from being cannon fodder and to work as a spy against the Germans. -- Added by eelizmeek on 03/04/2018

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Frozen in Time
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff (History/Biography)
recommend -- Added by edger on 03/02/2018

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The Vanity Fair Diaries
The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown (History/Biography)
Great dishy memoir! -- Added by agfab68 on 03/01/2018

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Catherine of Siena
Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset (History/Biography)
We sorely need the wisdom of the saints. Ive read several biographies on Saint Catherine. This was the best one I have read. Undset weaves Catherines story seamlessly with explanations of the historical events and Church teaching. This was inspiring! And best book Ive read so far this year. -- Added by amcatald on 02/28/2018

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Circling the Sun
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (History/Biography)
I had read this before, but was having trouble finding books from different countries, and remembered it had been a very good book. It chronicles the life of one of the 1st female horse trainers and commercial pilots as she grows up in Kenya and struggles for the freedom to live her life according to her own needs and desires. -- Added by Suejefferies on 02/26/2018

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Church History in Plain Language
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley (History/Biography)
Comprehensive and seemingly unbiased. -- Added by JoeWilli45 on 02/26/2018

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Lost in Shangri-La (Enhanced Edition)
Lost in Shangri-La (Enhanced Edition) by Mitchell Zuckoff (History/Biography)
recommend. -- Added by edger on 02/26/2018

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