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38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg
38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End

EdwardHakim, December 24, 2012

38 Nooses is an imposing work, a moving story of an event enveloped within the most calamitous four years in American annals, and a book proving that obscure does not translate to unimportant when applied to events in history.
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38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg
38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End

EdwardHakim, December 24, 2012

38 Nooses is an imposing work, a moving story of an event enveloped within the most calamitous four years in American annals, and a book proving that obscure does not translate to unimportant when applied to events in history.
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Valley of Ashes by Cornelia Read
Valley of Ashes

EdwardHakim, December 24, 2012

This is beautifully written, emotional, soul-searing and laugh-out-loud funny fiction at its very best. It's anyone's guess as to whose soul is bared the most throughout the book, Madeline's or Cornelia's, and it really doesn't matter. What does matter is that I want more. Lots more.
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The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International) by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International)

EdwardHakim, December 20, 2012

This book got under my skin. Not in the negative way, like what Tony, the narrator, may be doing, or trying to do, to Veronica, who 40 years ago was his first serious girlfriend, but in the way he describes how his ex-wife would dress a chicken -- slipping butter and herbs under the skin, with a delicate hand, never breaking the outer layer. I was hooked from the first page and even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it, even in my sleep, or, more likely, semi-sleep. I was pulled into the dream of someone else's life, like the best novels do to the reader, and I stayed there.
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Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles #1) by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
Wildwood (The Wildwood Chronicles #1)

EdwardHakim, December 20, 2012

I was lucky to get an ARC of this book. I loved it. First of all, it's very well written. At the very beginning, when the little brother is abducted by the crows, I was a little weary, as it started off feeling like a Lemony Snicket wanna-be. Luckily the book hit its stride early and didn't falter the rest of the way. The basic concept of Wildwood, that there is a fantasy world in the real-life woods just outside of Portland, Oregon, is what made me want to read the book in the first place. Meloy does a really good job of transitioning between real world St. John's and fantasy-world Wildwood. The book is very atmospheric, and does a good job of making you feel like you are in those woods. Prue and Curtis are great main characters, The Dowager Governess is a fun villain. And the book is dark. Characters get shot or injured, and some die. The Governess's backstory is very dark, and the story of Prue's parents is very real and sad. Oh and the illustrations are nice and help with the atmosphere. I would recommend this to anyone 4th or 5th grade and older.
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