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Eliza loves books. She grew up getting in trouble for reading when she was supposed to be sleeping, eating, and playing soccer. She always has a separate bag for books when traveling, which means less legroom in cars traveling across the country, and has accepted that ditching clothes to allow extra room in suitcases for books is a necessary sacrifice. Her favorite stories are ones that inform, entertain, and that you can’t stop thinking about long after the last page has been turned.

Into the Raging Sea by Rachel Slade

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Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062699879
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Published: Ecco - May 14th, 2019

If you've read "The Perfect Storm" or "Isaac's Storm", you'll find that a lot of things are familiar: inaccurate weather data, the hubris of man, and the awesome and terrible power of nature. But what sets it apart are the 26 + hours of conversation that takes place on the bridge of the ship prior to and during the sinking. Well-written and really well researched.


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days.
Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

Taylor Jenkins Reid perfectly captures the moments that can make us, define us, and break us, in chronicling the rise and fall of the band The Six and their troubled lead singer. Also I loved that the documentary and interview style of the book allowed for your imagination to completely create the settings, backdrops, and the world of the 1970's!


Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

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Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$20.99
ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

This is an interesting read for two reasons. Firstly, Margaret Mitchell's idealized and romanticized view of the South and its way of life still permeates our history and is part of the larger national discourse on the Confederate monuments. Secondly, as Pat Conroy wrote, "rarely has a heroine so immoral and unscrupulous as Scarlett O'Hara held the deed to center stage...", so Scarlett is a character I absolutely love to hate. Read it for the history and the heroine.


Gallows Thief, by Bernard Cornwell

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Gallows Thief: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060082741
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 10th, 2005

A soldier returns home from the Napoleonic Wars to find out his father has gambled away his inheritance. Suddenly destitute and with no prospects, he makes a devil of a bargain: prove that a soon-to-be hanged man is guilty in return for money and position. Dark, with great characters and flashes of humour, I loved this book and wish this was part of a series!


Wilderness Essays, by John Muir

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ISBN: 9781423607120
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Published: Gibbs Smith - April 1st, 2011

A Scotsman goes out for a walk..... "I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out 'til sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." Muir's deep and abiding love for Nature flows through every sentence and his passionate avowal for the outdoors led to the creation of Yosemite and our National Parks. His work is not to be missed!


A Charm of Goldfinches, by Matt Sewell

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A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780399579394
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 5th, 2017

"An obstinancy of buffalo" and other fun nouns abound in this beautiful book! Also aspiring authors take note: some would make awesome titles.
 


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