Jefferson's DaughtersThe Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America, by Caterhine Kerrison, Non-fiction, 2018

 
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Not only do you learn about Thomas Jefferson, you learn what it meant to be a privileged white woman in the formative years of America as well as in European circles.  Details about etiquette, clothing, social 

acceptance and expectation.  Every part of this very human story is laced with transporting details that places you in another time and place. 

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The Place of Help by Oswald Chambers, Devotional, 1936 (originally)

 


I have come away with new understandings of the Garden, Gethsemene, the Cross, Redemption Life, and so much  more.  For timely principles that never need to be updated, this is devotional reading that always takes you deeper. .

The Library Bookby Susan Orlean, Nonfiction, 2019

 

This is one of the most detailed, interesting, complicated, informative, and well-organized nonfiction books I have read.  The story reviews the historical tragedy of the fire that destroyed the  Los Angeles Library and 700,000 books in 1986.  This book has made me even more anxious to return to my local library to be mesmerzed by the rows of books and the millions of hours of reading enjoyment I can enjoy.

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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War:  How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18, by Joseph Loconte, Nonfiction, 2015

 

While this book shares details about the friendship between Tolkien and Lewis, it goes farther with how World War I informed the writing of both men.  He takes the camaraderie of men and war and demonstrates where it shows up in the friendships in the worlds of Hobbits and Narnia.  If you have read the Fellowship of the Ring books and traveled to the  world of Narnia, this ibook is for you.

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan, Historical Fiction, 2018

 

While Patti Callahan was not the first to fall in love with C. S. Lewis writings nor the first to try to write about his American wife, Joy Davidman; she was the first to tell the story from Mrs. Lewis' perspective. This  was more than a love story, it was a marriage of mind and soul as well.  If you are a lover of C. S. Lewis, don’t miss this read!

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Belgravia by Julian Fellowes, Fiction, 2016

 

Julian Fellowes (author of Downton Abbey) writes another story of inheritance interrupted, secrets, family dysfunction, marriage based on social standing, and the stark division between the upstairs family and downstairs servants. .

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The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch , Fiction, 2010

Story once again uncovers the perspectives, emotions, and divisions that result from a forced view about humanity that God never intended. Told through Ada, daughter of a housemaid in South Africa, the story helps you experience the injustice of Apartheid.  History tells one story, but people take the story deeper.  .

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The Gown by Jennifer Robson , Historical Fiction, 2018

 

This is the story about making the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth who became Queen Elizabeth.  It is told from three perspectives and two time periods. The contemporary story starts in Toronto, Canada with the the box that "Gran" left her granddaughter containing exquisite hand embroidery.  It sends granddaughter  Heather on a journey to piece together the unknown story of her grandmother’s part in making the gown.  The historical story comes from two seamstresses who worked fpr Hartwell's in post-war Britain.  .Fascinating in every way.   

Notable American writer, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Presbyterian minister, novelist, essayist, and theologian; Fredeerick Buechner wirtes part memoir and part spiritual formation, Buechner asks us to listen to our life as he shares  his stories.to help us understand why ordinary life is an  extraordinary gift.

The Remarkable Ordinary  by Frederick Buechner --Devotional Memoir, 2018

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, Fiction, 1943

Francie Nolan is every girl with dreams, but because she lived in Brooklyn in the 1900’s before the first World War, it is a story that captures the American Dream in its early, hopeful, and undefiled innocence.  It is the story of family and struggles and coming together and losing so much you think you can’t survive even when you know you will.