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Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s by Margaret Sartor
Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s

Mentalfloss1, January 14, 2015

I'm an old guy. Old enough that the author, Margaret Sartor, would have been too young for me to ask you way back when. But I can tell you that I would have been charmed, interested, thrilled, frustrated, and confused had we known one another. Her honesty and unexpected doses of excellent humor, but mostly her insights and honesty surprised me again and again as I read. She may have been just a girl from small town Louisiana sometimes overwhelmed by life but she was hardly plain or simple.
Even now I'd give this to my grandkids to read when they're old enough. They'd have someone to share the mess that is coming of age, surviving middle school and high school, of making and losing friends and boyfriends/girlfriends, and of trying to comprehend one's own family.
My view is that the $5.50 asking price for this book is a huge bargain. Pretty amazing.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

Mentalfloss1, October 23, 2014

I'd read about this book ... repeatedly, and was prepared to not care for it. Instead I very much enjoyed it. The characters were fascinating. The odd structure was easy to follow. The things left unsaid were clear in my mind. One quibble is that it seemed to stretch out just a bit at the end, but that is only a quibble.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

Mentalfloss1, October 23, 2014

I'd read about this book ... repeatedly, and was prepared to not care for it. Instead I very much enjoyed it. The characters were fascinating. The odd structure was easy to follow. The things left unsaid were clear in my mind. One quibble is that it seemed to stretch out just a bit at the end, but that is only a quibble.
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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Caleb's Crossing

Mentalfloss1, January 1, 2013

Just an all-around well written, well designed tale with fascinating characters and settings. Read it!
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What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
What It Is Like to Go to War

Mentalfloss1, October 20, 2012

I'm not the first to say that I think that this book, as well as Marlantes' first book, "Matterhorn", should be required reading for all who wish to become warriors. As Marlantes himself says, this is not to discourage people from joining the military but it's to provide a broader and deeper view of what they are agreeing to do. Further, this knowledge may well ameliorate the effects of PTSD on those who experience combat, or at least might provide a framework for a reduction of symptoms.

This is not some dry discourse built of trite psychology and stuffy philosophy, though both of those disciplines are woven through the trains of thought presented. There are many real life examples of wartime incidents and situations that Marlantes paints very well for us. Though "Matterhorn" (which is a fictionalization of his time in Vietnam) is perhaps more compelling as a story of war, "What It Is Like to Go to War" is deeper and more thought provoking. My take is that the first 95% of the book was very well done and greatly informative while the last 5% was murky, at least to me. This may well be that I can't make myself completely grasp what he's saying in that last portion. In fact, that's likely.

Marlantes is a Rhodes scholar from the Pacific Northwest. He's a dead honest writer, revealing his innermost self with great courage. I admire him and his family for this. If you, or someone you know and care for, is planning on a life in the military you might consider giving them both of these books. This is not to discourage them, Marlantes seems to cherish his time at war, but to simply inform them of some of the realities of being a warrior.
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