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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

nootkagirl, January 3, 2012

The story of WW1 is my obsession and I can't seem to get enough of the story of the massacre of a generation of young men across Europe. The devastating statistics of the war are breathtaking but this book does a thoughtful job of connecting real stories of conflicts within families of historical figures in the suffragette struggle and others containing both pacifists and generals forging ahead with the war machine. This book goes beyond the statistics of the destruction leaving you with the heartbreak from a conflict that appeared inevitable but did not have to happen. It reminds us how that continues to be repeated in war today where the people who think the wars don't fight them. Adam Hochschild writes beautifully and I was led to read his memoir "Half the Way Home" which is a terrific read also.
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

nootkagirl, January 1, 2011

This is just an amazing story of both the medical/biological history of the Hela cells and the author's long saga to get this family's story told. It is so well written and gripping that you can't stop reading it. It is my nominee for favorite book of the year.
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