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I Will Always Write Back
I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda (History/Biography)
I Will Always Write Back is the inspiring story of 2 kids, who after a school assignment as pen pals, continue to write each other through their school years. It shares how love and compassion can change not just one persons life, but a whole family. -- Added by Apriddis on 01/22/2018

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Reckless Daughter
Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe (History/Biography)
I can recommend this as a spring break beach read. Although there is some insightful analysis of her music, most of the book is devoted to the quality and length of her relationships with other musicians. -- Added by willwep on 01/21/2018

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Churchill
Churchill by Paul Johnson (History/Biography)
A brief history of Winston Churchill with recommendations for those wanting more. -- Added by JoeWilli45 on 01/21/2018

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When Breath Becomes Air
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (History/Biography)
Very good book about a doctor who himself becomes ill with cancer. Sad but very well written. -- Added by Jean P on 01/19/2018

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Village of Secrets
Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead (History/Biography)
Riveting and sometimes harrowing account of resistance to the holocaust in France. -- Added by g_w_phillips on 01/18/2018

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The Day the World Came to Town
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede (History/Biography)
A very engaging read about 38 cross-Atlantic flights diverted to Gander, Newfoundland on 9-11, and the amazing generosity and resourcefulness of the residents there. The book is not new but is the basis of a current Broadway musical, which I'd give my eye teeth to see! -- Added by Wyperson on 01/16/2018

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It's Not Yet Dark
It's Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice (History/Biography)
First person account of living with ALS. Entire book was written using eye gaze computer technology. -- Added by indylynndy on 01/15/2018

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Small Steps
Small Steps by Peg Kehret (History/Biography)
Though written for children, I learned a lot about Polio. The author chronicles her life during the time she contracted Polio. She is from the same generation as my parents, so now I understand their concerns and how scared they must have felt. The reader can sense what life was like in the 40's and 50's. I would recommend the book for any 4-6th grade student. -- Added by LaurenS on 01/15/2018

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Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan (History/Biography)
Interesting read; for me it was a little slow in places, especially when it came to medical terminology and findings -- Added by RobynDawn on 01/15/2018

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A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea
A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa (History/Biography)
This book was a very interesting account of life in North Korea and the author's final escape to freedom in Japan. At times it was a bit basic/repetitive, but that may have been due to the translation. -- Added by jessfrey on 01/15/2018

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Time Detectives
Time Detectives by Brian Fagan (History/Biography)
Travel with the Anthropologist Fagan to digs in various parts of the earth to achieve insight into the lives of the people living there and then. Discover the amazing rapidity that wheat could have become domesticated in the Middle East (p.110), how beer was brewed in ancient Egypt (p. 174), how mass buffalo hunts were conducted in prehistoric Canada (p.58ff). Indeed, with the new technology, what was once considered "pre" historic is becoming more and more a tangible part of our history. -- Added by Konsulentin on 01/15/2018

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When Breath Becomes Air
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (History/Biography)
This book falls under the foreign country described by Shakespeare in Hamlet "The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn No traveller returns". The journey into death is a trip each of us will experience only once, not all of us as such an observant participant as Kalanithi. -- Added by Konsulentin on 01/15/2018

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Ranger Games
Ranger Games by Ben Blum (History/Biography)
I realistic look into the world of how military training and indoctrination can affect not only the life of the enlistee but also their family members. VERY harsh language. -- Added by blairfrye on 01/15/2018

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