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: *****

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: *****

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz

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Title: The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by Denis Avey with Rob Broomby

Category: Nonfiction, History, World War II

Review: I loved this book and it was hard putting it down. This was an absolute eye-opening book and I think everyone should read it. This book is by a man named Denis Avey who was a British POW. The book is told through his eyes. It is as if he is there speaking to you directly. It starts in the years when he joins the army and goes to Africa to fight. It then goes on to tell how he ends up as a British POW in a German camp. He explains how and why he gets into the Auschwitz camp. He describes what he has to do to escape from the Germans and to get home. However, he doesn’t just stop at the war years. He also goes on to tell you about the pain of after the war. This is when the soldiers had PTSD and nobody knew about it. It is just such a revealing book about a soldier’s life and I really think that everyone should read it. It is well-written and once you turn the first page you will get sucked into the story.

Rating: *****

Breach of Faith

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Title: Breach of Faith by Theodore H. White

Category: Nonfiction, History, Politics, Presidents

Review: This book was written in 1975, so it is a very old book. It is a well-written book, however, if you read it, the author talks as if certain events happened recently. At the time it did, but since it has been over 40 years, it does not apply anymore. The author, Theodore White, was a reporter and wrote this book. This book is on the particulars of how Nixon and his cabinet handled the Watergate affair. It does not just dive into the Watergate affair. It leads up to it. The author takes us through the whole scandal and how it happened. We learn how and why Nixon and his cabinet did what they did. We come to understand why the government had to impeach him or were going to before he resigned and Nixon’s trust issues. It’s a very revealing book by a talented reporter of that time. I didn’t read it in one setting though. It took me a few days to read because of its size. However, if you like to read about the Watergate scandal or are interested in it, you might want to check it out at your local library. It would be hard to find it new since it was printed in 1975.

Rating: ***

The Hitler Book

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Title: The Hitler Book Edited by Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl

Category: Nonfiction, History, War World II, Biography

Review: This book, first off, comes from secret documents that were obtained from the Russians. The Russians had taken two men, known as Heinz Linge (his personal valet) and Otto Gunsche (his personal adjutant), and interrogated them. Linge and Gunsche were two of the closest men to Hitler. This is basically the ‘book’ that was presented to Stalin. This book is not a collection of documents as you would think it might be. It tells a story through a timeline. It also tells the story through both Linge and Gunsche’s eyes. One of the most revealing moments to me in the book, is at the end it reveals that not all of the Reich members are as devoted as they have seemed to be. Many deserted Hitler in his last hour and that is sad, despite the fact. He was still a horrible man, but I can’t imagine being deserted by people that you had placed your trust in. I think by reading this book you will definitely have a new view of Hitler and of his history. I hope you get to read it. Check it out at your local library!

Rating: ****