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Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Dorothy Love
Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray

This book is about the true-life friendship between Mary Anna Custis Lee (a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington and wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee) and Selina Gray, who was a slave at the Lee's home, Arlington house in Virginia. Mary is heiress to George Washington's personal belongings and when she has to flee her home, due to the outbreak of the Civil War, she entrusts Arlington and those belongings to her personal maid, Selina Gray. Selina manages to save many of George Washington's treasures from the looting of the union army.  Click here for a photo and more information on Selina Gray from the National Park Service. This was a compelling story about a 50-year friendship whose truth should not be forgotten.

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Hanging Mary

Friday, July 8, 2016
Susan Higginbotham
Hanging Mary

Fans of historical fiction will love this book which shows another side to the case surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The author draws upon extensive research to immerse you in the time period, facts, and characters in the plot. Mary Surratt was the first woman executed by the federal government, and the questions regarding this decision are still being asked today. Was she guilty? Did she deserve prison or the death sentence?

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Fallen Land: A Novel

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Taylor Brown
Fallen Land: A Novel

I really was drawn into this atmospheric and compelling book. In the last years of the Civil War, Callum, at 15, is an orphan who has fallen in with a band of marauders who are pillaging the countryside. He rescues a girl, Ava, who is the only survivor in her family. As they make their way through the South, trying to find a place of safety, the only things they can count on are each other and their beautiful, stately horse, Revier. Highly recommended.

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A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

Monday, February 22, 2016
Sue Klebold
A Mother’s Reckoning

This book is an unflinchingly honest, candid, raw account of what happened at Columbine in 1999 told by the mother of one of the perpetrators of the crime. After a tragedy, we always try and understand why it happened, and Sue bares her soul trying to understand how the son she loved and raised could do such a thing. This is an important book and a must-read for all parents. The book offers lots of advice and resources for parents.

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The Rosie Project

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Project

This book was charming; made me laugh out loud.  Don Tillman, a brilliant professor but very unskilled in social graces, decides that it's time to find a wife.  He designs a 16 page questionnaire to find a suitable mate.  While trying to filter out all the undesirables, he finds a friend in Rosie, who could never pass the test.  They develop a friendship working together on a project to find Rosie's father, and things begin to change between them

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American History

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Magazine
American History

This is a great magazine for history lovers.  The June 2015 issue has articles on April 1865 (the ending of the civil war and Abraham Lincoln's assassination); Nurses who served the population in the Appalachians on horseback in the 1920s; and the American Revolutionary Battle of Kings Mountain. Check our Catalog

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An Irish Country Doctor

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Patrick Taylor
An Irish Country Doctor

This book took me to a charming village set in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.  Dr. Barry Laverty is fresh out of medical school and looking for a job when he encounters Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.  Barry has a lot of lessons to learn from the older doctor.  Full of charming and likeable characters; first in a series of 9 books. Check our Catalog

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Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Louis Zamperini and David Rensin
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Louis Zamperini’s story has been told through the movie “Unbroken” and by the book of the same title by Laura Hillebrand.  This book is in Louis’ own words, revealing more of his life and the lessons he has learned along the way; and was finished only a few days before he passed at age 97.  There are gems of wisdom and advice throughout.  One of my favorites is  “no matter how old you are, don’t stop challenging yourself with new experiences, but be smart about it, please”.   He was skateboarding, mountain climbing and skiing well into his eighties. Check our Catalog

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Gone: A Heartbreaking Story of the Civil War; A Photographic Plea for Preservation

Friday, May 30, 2014
Shelby Foote
Gone: A Heartbreaking Story of the Civil War; A Photographic Plea for Preservati

You can’t go wrong with a story by the legendary Shelby Foote, and the photos are just heartbreaking to behold.  There is still time to save these civil war relics of the past, and I hope this book brings more attention to this issue.  Just a gem of a book.   I only wish there were more photos.

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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution

Friday, May 23, 2014
Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution

The names Caleb Brewster,  James Rivington, Austin Roe, Robert Townsend,  Abraham Woodhull, and Agent 355 should be known to all who love American history.   Hopefully, this book will shed light on these true American heroes.  We come to know their stories, in part, because George Washington saved his letters detailing their exploits .   I loved this well-written book.

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