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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Colorado Jess, January 3, 2014

This book exceeded my expectations by a lot! Fasten your seatbelt and hang on for an amazing ride through a time of dustbowls, shantytowns, and abject poverty juxtaposed next to the blue-blood sport of rowing. What makes this so inspiring is that we get to follow a group of University of Washington guys go from being poor farmers, loggers, and fishermen to first class rowers despite their backgrounds. This is set during the time leading up to and during the Olympics of 1936 when Hitler and his ego wanted so badly to win.
I would put this in the same league of writing as Unbroken. That good!
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

Colorado Jess, November 23, 2013

I will admit it. I am a huge Bill Bryson fan. In this book, as most of his others, I was brought to tears of laughter and made to ponder. Bill Bryson brings to life a childhood of innocence and mischief in the 1950's. Picture him during a civil defense drill, sitting at his desk while everyone else, including the teacher, is under theirs. His father had pointed out that if there was a bomb, they would all be dead within 90 minutes. So Bill spends his time constructively reading a comic book. Make sense to me!
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One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
One Summer: America, 1927

Colorado Jess, October 24, 2013

Bill Bryson will be no stranger for many. His cleverness, insightfulness, and humor are on full display in this new non-fiction book. This delightful romp will educate and amuse anyone remotely intrigued with America in the years surrounding 1927. And, yes, fascinate those of us that didn't know we were interested in what went on then, as well!
He brings subjects to light and to life that would not ordinarily be of interest. For instance, I am not a boxing fan, yet he drew me into the life of Jack Dempsey and his ilk. There is something for everybody and I have even recommended it to people who were not born here but have made America their home. I wish my history classes had been this interesting!
Enjoy!
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Colorado Jess, January 6, 2013

This is a gritty intense book that tells it like it is. Katherine Boo has worked hard to blend in, as well as a white person can, to record accounts of poverty, love, greed, lust and so many other emotions common to us all. I am forever changed and thankful of my new awareness. One can no longer live in ignorance about the lives of other less fortunate people. Stunning.
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Colorado Jess, January 1, 2013

This book is tough and raw but important. I believe it has changed my life in a positive way.
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