Undaunted Courage

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Title: Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

Category: Nonfiction, Lewis and Clark Expedition

Review: First, I would like to say that Stephen Ambrose was one of the best authors ever. That is why his works still are sold and read. They are captivating and informative and you can never get bored reading them. This was the first time I read anything from him that was not in the WWII era and to be honest, I was completely bored. It took me two months to finish and I just couldn’t get into it. Now, I’m not saying the book is bad, hardly. He did excellent research and he started with the very beginning: who Meriwether Lewis was. He then went on to explain how the expedition got started. I was very impressed in how he created a view through Lewis and Clark’s eyes when meeting the different types of Indians, the pain of the weather, the excitement, etc… However, being a WWII type of girl, I just couldn’t get into it that quick. I was trying to experiment with a new type of era and it just didn’t work for me. Now if you are a fan of this type of era, I recommend it wholeheartedly. Stephen Ambrose never disappoints.

Rating: ***

Kitchen Table Tarot

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Title: Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

Category: Nonfiction, New Age, Divination, Tarot

Review: From the moment I opened this book I was entranced by the author. Melissa Cynova, aka Lis, really takes you into the world of tarot and is an honest and down-to-earth writer. She tells you stories about how she became a reader and how she has made mistakes. The one thing that I warn you about is that she is rough. There are a lot of curse words. So if you can’t handle that, then don’t buy this book. I really didn’t care about it. I found as if I was talking to a friend who was giving me straight up advice. She talks about the cards a little differently than other books. Normally, regular tarot books will give you keywords about a certain card like: wealth, financial stability, etc. She takes you through the cards individually and looks through each of their eyes, then gives you what they represent. I enjoyed this book immensely. It has made me pick up my tarot cards again and start practicing. Definitely take a look at this book if you are wanting to get into tarot reading, for yourself or others. I felt it was a worthwhile buy.

Rating: *****

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

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Title: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

Category: Nonfiction, Cookbooks

Review: Mark Bittman has written some of the best and informative cookbooks to date. He does not shy away from any information in this book. Although this book is made for Vegetarians, he also gives information for cooking Vegan as well. I am not a Vegetarian, but what caused me to buy it was the fact that Vegetarian can be healthier way to eat. He has explored so many things and given tips on recipes that you will love to try. For instance, in the bread chapter, he gives you recipes for making your very own pizza, bread, tortillas, and more. In the soup chapter, he teaches you how to make simple stocks along with soups. This book is not difficult. Mark Bittman does not make books for the everyday person. That is what I like about him and his books. Try it. I think you will like it. This is another great book he has written.

Rating: *****

Hitler’s Henchmen

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Title: Hitler’s Henchmen by Guido Knopp

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II, Hitler

Review: I loved this book, though it took me forever to get through it due to health issues. This book is basically an in depth look at six of Hitler’s most import deputies (or henchmen). Who are the six? Well I’m sure you are all going to know the most famous: Goebbels, Goring, Himmler, Hess, Speer, and Donitz. I think the last three though don’t get as much talk as the first though. This book definitely does a good job and there is an unequal section on any of them. Meaning that the author has paid very good attention to giving information to each man and relaying a fair amount in each section. I found this book to be very informative, like I have been saying, and have found things that I did not know before. I would recommend this for anyone who loves history and particularly World War II. If you don’t want to buy it, seek it out in your library. I was impressed.

Rating: *****

Auschwitz: A New History

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Title: Auschwitz, A New History by Laurence Rees

Category: Nonfiction, History, War World II

Review: This was a very well written book. When we think about Auschwitz, we think about the gas chambers, the many of Jews and political prisoners who were executed, and the concentration camp. The author gives us a complete and updated history on Auschwitz. There are six chapters that start from the conception of Auschwitz to it’s closing. The chapters cover the years 1938-1945. The author included a lot of stories from not only Jewish prisoners, but political prisoners. What made me enjoy this book was the fact that it was well researched. The Holocaust is denied often and this book is just another validation that there were concentration camps and that Auschwitz was real. If you are a particularly interested in concentration camps and the history of Auschwitz, then this is the book for you. It is a complete history. You will find this book a wonderful addition to your library. I know I do.

Rating: *****

America Again

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Title: America Again, Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Steven Colbert

Category: Nonfiction, Comedy, Politics

Review: I found this book at Barnes and Noble and I just had to get it. Stephen Colbert is one of my favorite TV personalities. I’m sure most of you all know him. He started off hosting The Colbert Report and now he hosts The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. So anyway, I picked this up and took it home. I started on this book immediately and was glad I did. This book came with 3-D glasses because some of the pages were in 3-D. Which was cool. The book is divided in different sections such as jobs, healthcare, food, etc… When you read it, it is as if you are watching the show and he is talking to you. You can’t help but laugh at what he is saying in the book. Every page there was something to laugh at and I couldn’t help to laugh as I read the entire book. The entire book was illustrated and had pictures with funny comments. He also had hilarious footnotes in each chapter. When you pick up this book you just don’t want to put it down because it’s so hilarious and it’s by a man who takes everything that’s serious and turns it around and makes it comedic. If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh, this is it. I’m a fan of Steven Colbert and I am definitely glad I read it.

Rating: *****