Posted by: lauradebacle | November 15, 2014

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

BoysInTheBoatThis is the remarkable story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

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Posted by: lauradebacle | November 15, 2014

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

UnbrokenOn a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

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Posted by: lauradebacle | July 10, 2014

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Rosie ProjectDon Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical — most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver . . . yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent — and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie — and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

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Posted by: lauradebacle | June 28, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TFIOS jacketSixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love. loss, and life.

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Posted by: lauradebacle | April 3, 2014

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

MonumentsMenAt the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuhrer had begun cataloging the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: ‘degenerate’ works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.

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Posted by: lauradebacle | April 3, 2014

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

OrphanTrainPenobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life–answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

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Posted by: lauradebacle | September 28, 2013

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Orphan Master's SonPak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother–a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang–and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”

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Posted by: lauradebacle | September 28, 2013

Comet’s Tale by Steven D. Wolf

Comet's TaleForced into early retirement by a spinal condition, Steven Wolf reluctantly left his family for Arizona’s warm winter climate. A lifelong dog lover, the former hard-driving attorney is drawn to a group that rescues retired greyhounds. When Comet, a once-abused racer, chooses to “adopt” Wolf, a life-altering relationship begins. After Wolf shows the mistrustful dog how to thrive in the real world, the tables turn and Comet helps Wolf with the most basic skills.

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Posted by: lauradebacle | June 6, 2013

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Last Child in the WoodsLouv illustrates how the alienation of today’s children from nature can lead to a host of childhood disorders–and he offers effective methods for healing this rift.  He talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists to find ways for children to experience the natural world more deeply. 

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Find ideas for reconnecting with the natural world on the author’s website.

WildIn the wake of her mother’s death, Cheryl Strayed’s family scattered and her marriage was destroyed. Four years later, twenty-six years old with nothing to lose, Cheryl made the decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State – alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker and the trail was little more than an idea. But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

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