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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.

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

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By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$19.99
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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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
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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.
 


Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

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ISBN: 9780064407052
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

A fairy curses Ella when she is born to always be obedient, and when her father marries again, her stepmother takes advantage of her curse. Independent and smart, she rebels against her family and with a little help from elves, gnomes, a fairy godmother, and a kind prince, she charts her own path.


The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams

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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393242713
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

That nature is good for you seems like a given: who doesn't love walking in the woods or watching the waves pummel the beach? Williams found that she missed the mountains of Colorado when she moved to Washington D.C., realized that it also affected her mood, and set out to find out why. She does a fantastic job combining the science behind why we love nature and how our brains and bodies respond to it and the ways different societies and countries approach it.


Into the Silence, by Wade Davis

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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375708152
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Published: Vintage - October 2nd, 2012

This is not a book for the faint of heart: It will take a long time to finish reading it! Tons of incredible details fill the pages and at times it might seem daunting, but the repercussions of WWI, the amazing history of Nepal and the adventurous spirit of the men who climbed, mapped, and explored all come together to form a truly wonderful and rewarding read. 


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