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"The Burning Shore: How Hitler's U-Boats Brought World War II to America" by Ed Offley

'The Burning Shore: How Hitler's U-Boats Brought World War II to America' by Ed Offley

★★★★ In the first half of 1942, Nazi Germany sent U-boats to the shores of America to savage the merchantmen and tankers plying the coastal waterways. At this stage of war, America was ill-prepared to deal with such an incursion, having too few ships, two few airplanes and ineffective naval leadership. For many months, Germany's 'grey wolves' sank ship after ship as America tried to build an effective counter force. Author Edward Offley chronic ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "The Burning Shore: How Hitler's U-Boats Brought World War II to America" at Goodreads.com.

"Spectacular Paris" by William Scheller

'Spectacular Paris' by William Scheller

★★★★★ In need of a great coffee table book with beautiful pictures and insightful information? This is it! Be transported to the City Of Light, Paris, through some very spectacular photographs of famous Parisian landmarks as well as some interesting insight to accompany them. This is the perfect book to transport your mind to one of the most iconic cities in Europe. It is quite simply a beautiful book! ...

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"LIFE Paul McCartney" by The Editors of LIFE

'LIFE Paul McCartney' by The Editors of LIFE

★★★★ In the 50th Anniversary year of the Beatles' conquest of America, LIFE Magazine offers up this breezy photo-guide to the life and times of the most famous member of the Fab Four, Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE. It traces Macca's life, the beginnings of the Beatles, their subsequent fame & fortune and McCartney's post-Beatle career. The book is illustrated with vintage and contemporary b&w and color pix of McCartney, his wife and fam ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "LIFE Paul McCartney" at Goodreads.com.

"Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem" by Paul Martin

'Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem' by Paul Martin

★★★★ Paul Martin's book introduces readers to 30 Americans of dubious character. Included in this line-up are killers, cannibals, gangsters, confidence men, traitors, spies, crooked cops, witch hunters, quack doctors, gold-diggers and the world's most inept bodyguard, John Parker; just ask President Lincoln! Martin's book is an entertaining and informative look at some people you definitely don't want to spend time with...ever! ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem" at Goodreads.com.

"Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)" by Pierce Brown

'Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)' by Pierce Brown

★★★★★ Sixteen-year-old Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand Reds (the lowest caste of society) who live beneath the surface of Mars, mining for an element that will tereform Mars and make it habitable to the people of Earth. After tragedy strikes, Darrow learns that everything he has ever been told is a lie. Mars has been habitable for hundreds of years and all the other colors of society, including the ruling Golds. In order to lead a revol ...

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"What's Your Favorite Animal?" by Eric Carle

'What's Your Favorite Animal?' by Eric Carle

★★★★★ This book is a wonderful compilation of artwork depicting the favorite animals of famous children’s authors and illustrators. Of course it’s no surprise that Nick Bruel’s favorite is the infamous Bad Kitty; but wait a minute, oh no, I think it really is octopuses; sorry Bad Kitty. Beautiful artwork by well-known children’s illustrators including Lucy Cousins, Susan Jeffers, Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, Chris Raschka and of course ...

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"New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City" by Nan Talese

'New York Jackie: Pictures from Her Life in the City' by Nan Talese

★★★★ NEW YORK JACKIE is a photo-history of the years Jackie Kennedy lived and worked in the big Apple. Taken by a number of photographers, the pix capture her strolling down streets, biking, talking with friends, at work, walking with Caroline and John Jr., attending a Broadway musical, etc. The images date from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. Whatever the circumstances, they capture a poised, charming and lovely woman...with a dazzling smile. ...

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"TIME The Beatle Invasion!: The inside story of the two-week tour that rocked America" by Bob Spitz

'TIME The Beatle Invasion!: The inside story of the two-week tour that rocked America' by Bob Spitz

★★★★ In February 1964, four talented, cheeky, mop-topped English musicians landed in America, set to undertake a two-week tour and perform on the Ed Sullivan TV show. The Beatles had arrived and America - and the world - would never be the same. THE BEATLES INVASION is an entertaining, nicely-illustrated account of how John, Paul, George and Ringo conquered the hearts of young Americans, therein helping launch a youth revolution that shaped the ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "TIME The Beatle Invasion!: The inside story of the two-week tour that rocked America" at Goodreads.com.

"Sherlock Holmes FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the World's Greatest Private Detective" by Dave Thompson

'Sherlock Holmes FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the World's Greatest Private Detective' by Dave Thompson

★★★★ Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is probably the most widely-known and beloved character in English literature. His adventures, as chronicled in four novels and 56 short stories, have enthralled millions of people over the decades. Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, have also been portrayed in dozens of plays, radio programs and films by the likes of Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch. SHERLOCK HOLMES FAQ ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "Sherlock Holmes FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the World's Greatest Private Detective" at Goodreads.com.

"The Wind Is Not a River" by Brian Payton

'The Wind Is Not a River' by Brian Payton

★★★★★ This historical fiction captures events during World War II that were held in great secrecy from the American public: a Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. A reporter, John Easley, is shot down while traveling with American troops flying over the bleak and inhospitable island chain. He is unable to communicate with the outside world and considered missing-in-action by the military which are not publicly ackno ...

Reviewed by Karen J. Read more reviews of "The Wind Is Not a River" at Goodreads.com.

"The Pieces We Keep" by Kristina McMorris

'The Pieces We Keep' by Kristina McMorris

★★★★★ In this gripping new novel, we meet Audra, a widow still struggling after the loss of her husband. In an effort to start fresh, she takes her son, Jack, on a job interview, where he has an intense panic attack. Soon, Jack starts having violent night terrors, in which he mumbles names Audra has never heard of. Soon he shows a new obsession with World War II, and grows terribly withdrawn. Audra meets an army vet with gaping holes in his memo ...

Reviewed by Sarah M. Read more reviews of "The Pieces We Keep" at Goodreads.com.

"Going, Going, Gone: 100 animals and plants on the verge of extinction" by Various

'Going, Going, Gone: 100 animals and plants on the verge of extinction' by Various

★★★★★ This 2013 release showcases 100 plants and animals around the globe that are threatened with extinction. Compelling full-color images of each species is complimented by a one-page write-up with a general overview of the species, basic data on remaining numbers/lifespans/threats along with efforts underway to save it along and information on what individuals can do to help. Among the species depicted are North Atlantic Right Whales, Sumatra ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "Going, Going, Gone: 100 animals and plants on the verge of extinction" at Goodreads.com.

"Uncle John's Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader" by Bathroom Readers' Institute

'Uncle John's Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader' by Bathroom Readers' Institute

★★★★★ Once a year the Bathroom Readers Institute uncorks their latest compilation of trivia facts and feats. Well, here comes UNCLE JOHN'S PERPETUALLY PLEASING BATHROOM READER, the 26th Bathroom Reader annual. And it's as chock full of fun and interesting facts as the first 25! This latest edition offers up 540 pages of info on fads & flops, forgotten history, myths & legends, dumb crooks, pop music firsts, business, the 1960s British In ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "Uncle John's Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader" at Goodreads.com.

"The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time" by Martin Gitlin

'The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time' by Martin Gitlin

★★★★★ Everyone has a favorite sitcom. In THE GREATEST SITCOMS OF ALL TIME, Martin Gitlin has undertaken the daunting task of ranking the top 50 sitcoms of all time. The results make for entertaining and informative reading. Gitlin evaluated hundreds of shows based on factors such as its longevity, ratings, the awards it won, its impact on society and so on. From that, he came up with a ranked list that reads like a who's-who of TV comedy includi ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time" at Goodreads.com.

"Feathers: Not Just for Flying" by Melissa Stewart

'Feathers: Not Just for Flying' by Melissa Stewart

★★★★★ Did you know that feathers help a bird to do more than fly and keep warm? Feathers can be like a sponge, or a backhoe! Sixteen birds and the special ways they use their feathers are featured. The multi-layered text allows adults to read the book to younger children with optional details for older children.   ...

Reviewed by Katie Z. Read more reviews of "Feathers: Not Just for Flying" at Goodreads.com.

"Too Cute Puppies: Animal Planet's Most Impossibly Adorable Puppies" by Animal Planet

'Too Cute Puppies: Animal Planet's Most Impossibly Adorable Puppies' by Animal Planet

★★★★ Viewers of the Animal Planet TOO CUTE television show will welcome this charming collection of adorable puppy pix. Among the breeds found in the book are Labs, Shih Tzus, Terriers, Collies, Dalmatians, Spaniels and Pugs doing what puppies do best - playing, sleeping, eating and being generally adorable. Even cat lovers will enjoy this slight but pleasing page-turner. ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "Too Cute Puppies: Animal Planet's Most Impossibly Adorable Puppies" at Goodreads.com.

"The Great War" by Mark Holborn

'The Great War' by Mark Holborn

★★★★★ 1914 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. 'The War to End All Wars" was like no conflict before, embracing many nations worldwide and resulting in horrifying casualties. THE GREAT WAR, A PHOTOGRAPHIC NARRATIVE commemorates that epic struggle, offering up almost 400 photographs depicting all aspects of the war. The pix depict a myriad of scenes - soldiers on the march, in trenches and in hospitals; battleground scenes; r ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "The Great War" at Goodreads.com.

"Four Seasons of Travel: 400 of the World's Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall" by National Geographic Society

'Four Seasons of Travel: 400 of the World's Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall' by National Geographic Society

★★★★★ This sumptuous travel guide offers up hundreds of gorgeous, full-color photographs and first-person reminiscences of "400 of the world's best destinations in winter, spring, summer and fall." Among the destinations covered are Edinburgh, London, Victoria Falls, Queenstown, New York City, Lake Como, Oaxaca, the Atlas Mountains, Newport, St. Petersburg, Verona, Custer State Park, Victoria Falls, Venice, Prince Edward Island, Loch Lomond, Par ...

Reviewed by Mike O. Read more reviews of "Four Seasons of Travel: 400 of the World's Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall" at Goodreads.com.

"The Winter of the Robots" by Kurtis Scaletta

'The Winter of the Robots' by Kurtis Scaletta

★★★★★ It’s science fair time but Jim’s best friend Oliver always wants to build robots so he chooses a girl partner named Rocky. He “borrows” cameras from his father’s security business and places them in a hidden junkyard in an attempt to study otters for their project. They don’t find any otters, but discover strange noises and movement coming from this allegedly deserted scientific corporation. What they uncover unites these f ...

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"Starry Night: A Christmas Novel" by Debbie Macomber

'Starry Night: A Christmas Novel' by Debbie Macomber

★★ When I first read the back of this book it sounded great. Karrie is a reporter for a news paper. Finn is an author he lives in Alaska, know one really knows anything about him and he likes it that way. Karrie is unhappy with her job and makes a deal with her boss to be the only reporter to get an interview with Finn Dalton. If she can land the interview, she can name her job at the newspaper. This is a major challenge for Karrie, so she fl ...

Reviewed by Deb F. Read more reviews of "Starry Night: A Christmas Novel" at Goodreads.com.

"National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean" by Catherine D. Hughes

'National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean' by Catherine D. Hughes

★★★★★ Do you know what a leafy sea dragon is? Find out in this ocean-filled book put out by National Geographic Kids. This books is a great read for any school-aged child that is curious about biology or the ocean. Split up into ocean sections, each section details the animal life one will find in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Arctic oceans. Each animal spread has fact boxes about the animal's biology, colorful photos, interactive questions ...

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"My Story" by Elizabeth Smart

'My Story' by Elizabeth  Smart

★★★★ More than ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City home, Elizabeth Smart, now 26, tells the story of what she encountered during the horrific months she spent in captivity and how she survived. Elizabeth's memoir does not dwell on the darkness she encountered, but rather focuses on how her faith and love for her family helped her survive and create a wonderful life for herself after her rescue. Elizabeth's story is very inspi ...

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"If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!" by Kimberly Norman

'If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!' by Kimberly Norman

★★★★ Go on an adventure and find out all the fun things you can do in the snow! The book follows the rhythm of the children's song "If You're Happy and You Know It," so the book can be sung to the classic tune. Go skiing, sledding, and drink cocoa with a walrus, caribou, polar bear and other arctic creatures. Recommended for preschool children and families. ...

Reviewed by Taylor W. Read more reviews of "If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!" at Goodreads.com.

"101 Sandwiches: A Collection of the Finest Sandwich Recipes from Around the World" by Helen Graves

'101 Sandwiches: A Collection of the Finest Sandwich Recipes from Around the World' by Helen Graves

★★★★ This is definitely not your boring BLT sandwich recipe or your old standby peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This amazing sandwich book has ways to make even the dullest sandwich fit for a king. Recipe’s for: The Elvis sandwich, made with bacon, peanut butter and banana’s; The Ultimate Chicken Sandwich, made with garlic, thyme and lemon juice; Beef Short Rib Sandwich, and a Frittata Sandwich which looks very tempting. Also included i ...

Reviewed by Paula L. Read more reviews of "101 Sandwiches: A Collection of the Finest Sandwich Recipes from Around the World" at Goodreads.com.

"The Beatles in 100 Objects" by Brian Southall

'The Beatles in 100 Objects' by Brian Southall

★★★★ Take a Magical Mystery Tour back to the heady days of Beatlemania when John, Paul, George and Ringo were front-page news around the world. Brian Southall's appealing book traces the Fab Four's history by describing and illustrating 100 objects - guitars, drum kits, suits, lyric sheets, audition tapes, film scripts, show posters, gold records, cars, etc. - that JPG&R used, created and inspired. It's a fun read - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! ...

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