Biography/Memoir

Book Review: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Author: 
Lansing, Alfred
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

An incredible true story that details the leadership, skills and experience of Ernest Shackleton and his crew as they survive daunting odds and extreme misery while attempting to cross Antarctica. While the book starts a bit slowly, a few chapters in it is near impossible to set down. It reminds us of the endless capability of man to survive in situations where death seems to be the only option available.

Reviewer's Name: 
Greg

Book Review: River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Author: 
Millard, Candice
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Great for the reader interested in history, science, and adventure. A wonderful insight into Theodore Roosevelt's lifelong love for nature.

Reviewer's Name: 
Abby

Book Review: Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

Author: 
Grogan, John
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

John and Jenny were young and in love. They brought Marley home and oh my goodness ! Marley was very mischevious, such as chewing through sheetrock, stole womans undergarments. Obediance school did no good as he was expelled.

Reviewer's Name: 
Mike

Book Review: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

Author: 
Janzen, Rhoda
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

I really loved this book and highly recommend it. I listened to it on CD, but Rhoda Janzen's writing style is just fantastic. She made me laugh and she gave me lots to think about. Even a Mennonite History Primer was funny, but I did learn a few facts about the Mennonites while laughing. I really loved the stories that involved her mom. Even though lots of the book was funny, it was also tough at times to hear how badly her ex-husband had treated her. Rhoda was very lucky she had her family to rely upon. The best line from the book is "I suddenly had the feeling you get when, after a long sea swim, you touch bottom and draw a breath of relief: you made it, land ho, sharks from this point on extremely unlikely." It made me think of some of my hard journeys in life and feeling that same sense of relief.

Reviewer's Name: 
Melissa

Book Review: In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing

Author: 
Woodruff, Lee
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This book chronicles the traumatic brain injury of Bob Woodruff, an ABC News Anchor, suffered from an I.E.D. when on patrol with our soldiers in Iraq in 2006. Lee describes the many surgeries and therapies her husband endured resulting in an amazing recovery! I feel this book offers much hope to families with loved ones who have a traumatic brain injury.

Reviewer's Name: 
Delores O.

Book Review: The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, his Agenda, and an Unnecessary War

Author: 
DiLorenzo, Thomas J.
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

For people wanting to learn more about teh 16th president, this is an eye opening book. Mr. DiLorenzo uses original sources to show the truth about Mr. Lincoln's worldview and agenda. Many people will be scratching their heads, wondering why the history of Lincoln has been so misrepresented.

The book is very readable, and engaging, causing the reader to want to see the whole extent of Lincoln's atrocities, from the suspension of habeus corpus to the destruction of newspapers critical of him and his war to prevent southern independence.

I highly recommend this book, especially for the defenders of Lincoln, as it will show them the truth about Abraham Lincoln.

Reviewer's Name: 
John

Book Review: Butter in the Well: A Scandinavian Woman's Tale of Life on the Prairie

Author: 
Hubalek, Linda K.
Rating: 
3 stars = Pretty Good
Review: 

It was an interesting look into the life of a woman who moved with her husband to the Kansas prairie to homestead land. The difficulties and hardships put a new perspective on life of a homesteader. When she first came she didn't even speak the language. Her and her husband lived in a dirt cave for the first year or so and eventually built a home. The story was written like a diary. Her great granddaughter wrote the book and included pictures of her great grandmother and other relatives. The writer actually grew up in the homestead.

Reviewer's Name: 
Pat

Book Review: Life After Death

Author: 
Echols, Damien
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

Do you believe that in America it would be impossible for you to legally be put to death for a crime you did not commit? Read this shocking book.
Damien Echols, the author of "Life After Death" was falsely accused and convicted at the age of 18 (along with 2 of his friends) of murdering three 8 year old boys in Arkansas in 1993.
After watching the 3 documentaries about this crime, "Paradise Lost", which the library does own, I wanted to know more about this murder case and shocking miscarriage of justice.
Damien Echols was imprisoned on death row for 18 years of his life and in his book shares with his readers his life story. From his early years of extreme poverty in the south to the abuse he suffered from prison guards and wardens, he tells of the spirituality and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated.
Does it have a happy ending? You'll have to read it to find out.

Reviewer's Name: 
Linda

Book Review: Short Nights Of The Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

Author: 
Egan, Timothy
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

I recently read Timothy Egan's latest book, "Short Nights of the Shadowcathcher," a biography of Edward S. Curtis, famous for his photos of Native Americans at the turn of the century. Although I was familiar with his photos, I didn't realize he also recorded languages on wax cylinders and filmed disappearing Native American ceremonies, which tribes later used to recreate their languages and cultures. With partial funding from JP Morgan, and the moral support of Teddy Roosevelt, he published 20 volumes on the North American Indian, a task that consumed his life. I also did not realize that in 1914, he produced a motion picture using members of the Kwakiutls tribe on Vancouver Island. After positive reviews, the film was tied up in litigation with the distributor and disappeared into storage. The last remaining copy was found in 1972 and carefully restored. On a whim, I looked for the film in the library and, to my amazement, learned that Pikes Peak Library District has a copy on DVD. Amazing what you can find at our libraries!!!!

Reviewer's Name: 
Terri

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