Linda's Past Picks - 7

 So many interests, like so many books, and so little time! That's why non-fiction books are usually my picks, because I try to keep up with my favorite subjects. As I heard once, "Act your shoe size!" We all need to slow down and see what there is to see. We need to reread some books, like Silent Spring. Sometimes it's children who help us grown-ups marvel at the wonders of the natural world, right in our own backyards. Stop and smell the flowers! But a good mystery is always interesting-for the other grey cells!

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Linda's Staff Picks:

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The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America By Christopher C. Gorham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780806542003
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Published: Citadel - February 21st, 2023

Anna Rosenberg, petite, immigrant, Jewish woman was instrumental in dealing with tough cases between labor unions & bosses. She fought for fairness, women's rights, racial justice & health care.
She was tough & listened to all sides, keeping everyone feeling 'they got what they wanted'.
Her most remarkable works were as right hand to Pres. Franklin Roosevelt before 7 after WW11. she was on the front lines in Europe, spoke to many soldiers & saw the carnage in Germany.
She didn't play politics. She fought for the GI Bill and more after WW11.
Little know but highly effective at getting hard things done-with passion.
Many details of WW11-soldiers, generals, politicians and the aftermath thru the 1960s.
Anna, the lady with all the hats on her head, and all the power in her head...

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Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers By Erica Hannickel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867282
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 20th, 2022

The bizarre, intriguing, tropical, convoluted or sexual have been adjectives to describe the ORCHID. And it certainly is that and more! It is an ancient plant that has evolved intricate forms to entice particular pollinators in a unique environment. AND it is so specific with timing of the flowers & the pollinators that it becomes critical to reproduction, which is the plants goal.
The author describes the evolution and the human involvement with these unique plants as passions, business, political, social and now even more important, the environmental effects.
The explorer travelling to distant lands & returning with these plants started a craze. The wealthy Victorians, including Queen Victoria & Empress Eugenie, were able to expand their collections. And with that came more science to develop hybrids and lower costs for more enthusiasts.
Names in history who helped in promoting science & plants like: Jane Loudon, a lady of botany who educated women with; Helen Gould (daughter of Jay Gould) who used her knowledge for orchids & working for the welfare of families; Charles Roebling (Roebling family of the Brooklyn Bridge) his orchids & steel cables used for greenhouses and Raymond Burr (remember Perry Mason?) who developed many hybrids-and of course, the Darwin Family.
A modern concern is about the environmental impact on destruction of rainforests & the chain effect with loss of trees, plants, insects & animals which have survived together, WILL have problems for humans as well. Groups are working for preservation & some include artists who can bring the natural beauty to the masses to gain their support.
A glossary & bibliography; all the details of different orchids & their care-especially the 'vanilla' orchid (!), will probably make you look twice at those 'supermarket' plants...and maybe adopt one or check out an orchid society for help.

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Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk By Buddy Levy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250274441
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Published: St. Martin's Press - December 6th, 2022

Would you mind wearing animals skins & furs, day & night?
Could you keep your eyes open when night is day for months?
Would you enjoy dining on pemmican, every day?
How many times do you think your fingers & toes could be frostbit?
These are just a few things to consider if you were to join an Arctic expedition in 1913 for scientific exploration. Sponsored by the Canadian government & "organized" by Stefansson with an experienced Captain Robert Bartlett to man the ship "Karluk", the journey begins.
With assorted crew & the science staff, there was enthusiasm & excitement. It was men with varied expertise including skiing (after all, there was plenty of snow AND ice!), a carpenter, engineer, meteorologist, anthropologist, surgeon and an indigenous family who knew how to survive the perilous environment.
Being locked in with the ice was challenging but they did keep their minds & bodies active even playing games & contests on the ice. There were books to read, topics to discuss and everyone kept a private journal. And when the "Karluk" could not withstand the crushing ice, it sunk.
You have to understand the role Captain Bartlett played: he understood their plight & consequences, he prepared the men & supplies for just such an emergency, he kept a positive outlook for the group and he did rely on his hunter, Kuraluk & Auntie, his wife who sewed all the clothing (and taught the men how to sew as well!) to become a survival team.
The book reads a very fast paced adventure/survival story with all the horros of the extreme weather & the minds of men. There are details of travelling on moving ice, using the dog teams, hunting polar bears (even enjoying seal blood soup as food became limited), illnesses & the anxiety of chopping through ice mountains & waiting for nature-to give them a break, praying for a rescue. It may give you chills-for one reason or another...
Captain Bartlett is the hero; but what about Stefansson the organizer? what happens after the rescue & who survived/ Be prepared for non-stop reading!

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A Ghost of Caribou: A Novel of Suspense (Alex Carter Series #3) By Alice Henderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063223004
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Published: William Morrow - November 15th, 2022

It's hard to keep up with Alex: her research changes & so does her locations. And if you've read the earlier books, you'll remember she is well-trained to handle most wilderness situations-except-UFOs!!!
She didn't believe there was 'something' out there driving folks away from the forest.
Her caribou research takes her deep into wildlife issues but humans interrupt the area with missing people not just a caribou moving into a new territory!
Lots of action, strange incidents and how is this related to the caribou??

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The Pirate's Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd By Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335429841
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 8th, 2022

the story of Sarah Kidd, the Captain and the times-late 1600's to mid 1700's and what it meant to be a woman in an unsettled political age in NY & Europe.
She was Sarah Bradley, 14, coming to Manhattan with her father, Capt. Bradley & her 2 brothers from England to start a new life. She learned early about her father's shipping business and caring for a household as her mother had passed away.
That made her well aware of the politics of the times & how she could keep some independence & control of her life. She was married twice, more of convenience than love. Life changed when she met Captain William Kidd and married him for love.
Capt. Kidd was skilled, well-travelled, fair & generous with his crew. Sarah & William could discuss business and their family at the same time. They each had trusted close friends who supported them.
It was all politics in Manhattan & England that changed their lives to one of horror. Capt. Kidd working under orders to overtake enemy ships (French) as a privateer but also acted, under pressure, as a pirate. The story was so unraveled by the sailors and greater lying by the untrustworthy politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, that Capt. Kidd was arrested, suffered thru jails & brought to trial in England with no support for his defense. Sarah was fighting in all ways to get the Captain freed; all her contacts, many of their old friends and appeals to England but in the Captain was found guilty & executed. Sarah remained hopeful...until she realized she would have to take care of her family first which included her adult brothers.
Sarah did take care of her personal business, remarried & was successful through land holdings & her original household valuables from England. She was a prominent woman who felt all the illnesses & social changes that Manhattan faced; she kept strong to care for her family, her goal. There was some inheritance from her & the Captain but there may have been more 'elsewhere'!
Wonderful story of life in the times about two extraordinary people & love.

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A Blizzard of Polar Bears: A Novel of Suspense (Alex Carter Series #2) By Alice Henderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062982117
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 11th, 2022

Alex Carter, wildlife biologist is back -in some really back country! Only by a helicopter can the research of the condition of polar bears can continue.
The Canadian Arctic can be extremely challenging due to weather conditions. BUT, even more so when someone is trying to sabotage the study.
Is it an individual? a group? does it have to do with expanding business ion the bears natural territory? and why are the bears showing signs of chemicals???
there is action, twists, backstory, survival but how will it end???

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The Wedding Plot: A Mercy Carr Mystery By Paula Munier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250822369
Published: Minotaur Books - July 19th, 2022

Fans of Mercy & Elvis will fall in love with this latest 'adventure'.
There is the entire family involved because Mercy's grandmother is getting married.
The 'ideal' place for the event has a background story with military elements & international issues. This is not turning out to be a typical party!
With some unusual turns, action packed and of course animals (including goats & cheese), Mercy never gives up the mystery of the dead body which disrupts the entire weekend. But it brings in all kinds of law enforcement & more intrigue! 
Munier does wonders blending so many incidents which are intertwined!

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River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile By Candice Millard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385543101
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Published: Doubleday - May 17th, 2022

Think of obsession; drive; recognition; Victorian era mindset of traveling and discovery OR glutton for punishment. Is that what makes an explorer? 
Candice Millard does her research on Richard Burton and John Speke. Two adventurers who travel together and separately determined to find the source of the Nile River. Two very different personalities who clashed but also depended on each other for survival. And there were many situations where you needed teamwork- battles, stolen supplies, medical situations almost to the death(!)Runaway porters and support or lack there of it! From England and Royal Geographical Society, what they didn't expect was acquiring a freed slave. Sidi Mubarak Bombay, whose intelligence, patience, and extraordinary ability to keep things moving, was instrumental in the survival of the entire caravan through Africa. The return to England continued with the heartfelt drama of their lives. Will the men finally have peace? 

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Sisters of Mokama: The Pioneering Women Who Brought Hope and Healing to India By Jyoti Thottam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525522355
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Published: Viking - April 12th, 2022

The Sisters of Charity in Nazareth Kentucky were a changing order after WW11.
The British were leaving India, the country was being divided & chaos was everywhere. BUT freedom in 1947.
the Sisters were changing too & 6 nuns headed to India with donated medical supplies & equipment to set up a hospital in the Town of Mokama.
This is a story of India with young women who were venturing into a new world & Sisters who were determined to make positive changes in medicine, nursing & teaching.
The Sisters moved with determination to train women & give them confidence for a new life in a new India.
There are many personal stories of the nuns, the young women, doctors & patients who came to learn & be treated.
The 'hut hospital' grew into a real hospital building & training campus!

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Downton Shabby: One American's Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Family's English Castle By Hopwood DePree Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063080850
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Published: William Morrow - May 31st, 2022

Once upon a time...and a happy ending...but maybe sometime in the future.
Hopwood DePree was a successful Hollywood producer/writer who was researching his ancestry. and then he finds his name attached to a 'castle' in England! was his grandfathers tales true?
He made a visit to the town of Middleton in England & Hopwood Hall not knowing this was going to change his life!
With constant work & worry, Hopwood is trying to bring back the Hall to it's glory days-anywhere from 600+ years ago.
what he encounters with his work & searching more of his family history, is a community that is totally supportive of what he is doing.
Some of them remember back to WW1 & how Hopwood Hall was beginning to change.
Help comes from preservation groups, grants, neighbors & his family...and he realizes he is 'where he is suppose to be' fulfilling a mission of restoration of his home.
Being an American, he learns quickly the British cultural ways, language & traditions-which will give you many belly laughs!

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Scent: A Natural History of Fragrance By Elise Vernon Pearlstine, Lara Call Gastinger (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300246964
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Published: Yale University Press - May 24th, 2022

Is it stink or sublime? and perfume-little microbial factories, by nature or man.
This book is more than just perfumes that we might think of in Macy's. Pearlstine is a naturalist and has blended the molecules of scent in the natural world used to attract pollinators or deter predators, into a complex history with humans.
Think of turpentine-one of our earliest scents. Maybe you'd rather get a bottle of Chanel #5!
She does discuss the blending of molecules for fragrance.
I think if you enjoy the science & ecology, you'll be amazed at all the interactions between plants & animals with the stories she tells!
In India there is a special time for 'scent of the soil'; in Texas watch out for the Rose Rustlers!!!!

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Monarca: A Novel By Leopoldo Gout, Eva Aridjis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063057333
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Published: HarperOne - April 19th, 2022

This is a fantasy story BUT it runs true to the Monarch Butterfly.
When a young girl turns into a monarch, strange things happen to her-she joins the migration & learns about the changes that take place for the monarch's life cycle.
Dangers await in the migration & their destination is in trouble.
Consider this natural history, social issues, environmental problems, human interaction and giving back to save a species. wonderful illustrations and a very special story with a message.

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A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them By Neil Bradbury Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250270757
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 1st, 2022

It may be something in your house or garage or medicine cabinet. Very common in murder mysteries-BUT good or bad?????
Maybe it's just in the amount, so keep those measuring spoons handy! Can you taste it or smell it?? find out the clues to uncovering what 'did the victim in'.
It's just all chemistry AND a dash of arsenic CAN improve your complexion OR can be a potential 'arsenic mummification'!
With true stories & analysis of what happened, you have to appreciate the complex chemistry of running a well organized machine, the human body. 
entertaining & yet a great explanation of what happens- cell by cell; WOW...

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The Plant Hunter: A Scientist's Quest for Nature's Next Medicines By Cassandra Leah Quave Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984879110
Published: Viking - October 19th, 2021

Cassandra is a wonder! Scientist, mentor, traveler-explorer, wife, mother and she is driven to help the medical industry find new antibiotics.
She had had multiple surgeries from childhood thru adulthood, related to her artificial leg.
Her studies brought her to ethnobotany-using nature's resources to help find antibiotics.
This book is personal & reads as a dramatic biography, medical mystery and international intrigue!
You learn about Cassandra but also the trials women scientists have to experience to reach their goals.
And her goal? she is determined to find new antibiotics-from plants-or in combination of lab meds & the natural plant products.
This is current & Covid is involved with her research.
This is also about the environment-nature can save us BUT we have to 
preserve our natural resources-so we can find the help!
Great read & action packed...

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law By Mary Roach Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324001935
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

If you've read Mary Roach before, you'll KNOW she gets down to all the basics & wants to know the answers.
She'll cover the historical issues of ie. caterpillars who are charged with harassing farmers & are awaiting trial!
But incidents with bears, tigers, elephants (OH MY!) and more are no joke.
Humans & their encroaching on habitats make for another modern dilemma we face.
This is around the world adventure-in getting along.

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Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night By Julian Sancton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984824349
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Published: Crown - February 22nd, 2022

You are lucky to be reading this bizarre expedition at home!
What drives these explorers? Adventure, money fame? And how do they survive or accomplish their goals-luck, planning, prayers?
This is a descriptive account of the crew members, their personalities, the officers, captain and luckily the doctor who had some experience in survival from other voyages.
You must understand: what is planned was not exactly what they had to endure for 3
years, mostly being ice locked!
You too, will learn some survival tricks-how to adapt to foods to avoid scurvy and use any means you can to get free of the ice.
Their daily lives were full-learning, exploring, experimenting & surviving.
This reads like a great adventure story, which it is, with daily problems to overcome.
This was a new history in the making for this trip & future for others like Amundsen.
Was it worth it???

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One Step Too Far: A Novel (A Frankie Elkin Novel #2) By Lisa Gardner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593185414
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Published: Dutton - January 18th, 2022

Frankie is back on another mission to find a missing person. But this is out in the wilds of Wyoming, NOT her usual territory.
Tim & his old college buddies were on their adventure/celebration before Tim's wedding. 
But this camping trip turned into missing persons, strange noises, Tim's father, who after 5 yrs. STILL was determined to find Tim-or his remains.
Frankie learns & earns her way with the rescue group. AND, what they find is in these desolate hills, is gruesome...
Gardner does a great job keeping you guessing.
Frankie does her usual-lots of questions, of everyone; this paints a full picture for her, which she can make her conclusions-who done it?
What is really going on?

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Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside By Nick Offerman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101984697
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Published: Dutton - October 12th, 2021

Offerman is now on my favorite author list. I did NOT know anything about him BUT now, WOW!
He tells it like it is-us humans & the environment we've changed. AND the history of people.
With his special sense of humor, he'll take you with him, his wife & his dog  across the country in an RV in 2020. Here he is seeing the country changing for better or worse, and how we may be able to make a difference.
Eye opening, enlightening, funny, sad-hopeful...

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Fall Guy: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #33) By Archer Mayor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250224187
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 27th, 2022

Archer Mayor fans may wonder-"how far is he going"?
This book definitely takes concentration. Why? Because of the convoluted, extended, 'intertwined' and controlled family!
The compound or 'home' is a modernized old mill in Brattleboro, which houses this group.
And it all began with the father, an early mob member from R.I.
There are accidents/murders within the compound AND old 'associates' looking...
Rachel & Sally, as well as the usual VBI staff with Joe
travel & experience SO many twists & turns, wondering if they'll ever figure it all out! AND humor here too, whew

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New England's Roadside Ecology: Explore 30 of the Region's Unique Natural Areas By Tom Wessels Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643260099
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Published: Timber Press - September 14th, 2021

Those of us who like to venture outdoors AND are curious about what we stop & look at-rocks, trees, fungi, plants, ETC.-will enjoy paging thru Wessel's newest book.
As an ecologist, he is top notch. there are detailed & understandable descriptions of what you see PLUS the photos are a perfect match for what YOU might see in your exploring!
His other books are worth having in your library-all to help you understand & appreciate your surroundings!
***** 5 stars

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Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982144401
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Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

Welcome to Timber Company-and a life of hard work & probably die young or be crippled.  $$$
The Pacific Northwest is known for its Redwoods. and of course, the money making goes with the harvesting & selling lumber which is generations long. $$$
Author Davidson has brought the lives of the men & their families who struggle with the dependence  on the forest. A wonderful, emotional job that you can
feel the pain & joys in their lives.  $$$
The time frame here is with the environmental movement & the connection of herbicides used and the health of the community.
Rich & Colleen and their son Chub are experiencing the changes in the industry. And Colleen begins to see a connection to all the miscarriages & health problems of women. $$$
There is violence & hard feelings between friends & family and there is a deep understanding of the Native Yurok Tribe and what they've lived-with the land & waters.
 Strong characters & deeply moving story for a way of life-and change...$$$

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The Madness of Crowds: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #17) By Louise Penny Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250145260
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 24th, 2021

Playing with statistics-Professor Abigail Robinson-throws residents of Three Pines and Gamache in an unbelievable dilemma.
It's about a pandemic & decisions about care-to give or NOT to "some"!!!
This is a moral issue where the suggestions touch Gamache & his family.
BUT there are murders involved-who do you believe (even if old friends) & who do you trust?
A personal & emotional, for Gamache, friends & family, story with harsh decisions to make-or NOT???

Notes: Things are strongest when they're broken.
Is goodness fragile?

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Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future By Elizabeth Kolbert Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593136270
Published: Crown - February 9th, 2021

Bookseller: Linda
Title: Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Comments: What we don't know about our environment today is bizarre. Kolbert travels around the world to uncover a few of those issues.
What is Chicago doing about the Asian Carp? TOO MANY!
Louisiana is disappearing foot by foot because of the manipulation of the Mississippi River.
And there are desert pupfish living on the edge-small bodies of water, disappearing...
Carbon. what can we do to capture it? Store it? De-construct it?
Science is out there with some strange proposals with genetic engineering, astro physic techniques and other methods beyond comprehension.
But what to do? We have been trying to manage nature since we became hunter/gatherers. And it has caused problems.
There are also moral issues and what happens in the future from any action we take. Do we risk making more problems????
There is no answer here...what to do?
Engaging & eye opening read!!!

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The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine By Janice P. Nimura Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324020202
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 18th, 2022

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Title: The Doctors Blackwell

Comments: Two sisters who were very determined to become doctors from the 1830s & continued thru schools in the United States, Paris, London & Scotland. And they each had a different vision of what they should strive for.
Nimura does a fantastic job of bringing all the family history, medical field treatments & limitations for women. This also includes international problems with public health and combines all in an engaging & accurate picture of the times.
There are many personal dramas. The struggles the sisters went through and the changes THEY made for women's health & safety are still seen today.
Highly recommended for the wonderful narrative, history & emotions of these two women.

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The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America By Bradford Pearson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982107048
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Published: Atria Books - November 2nd, 2021

Bookseller: Linda
Title: The Eagles of Heart Mountain

Comments: Panic? Fear? Why did we remove all the Japanese American citizens from their homes, farms and "life"?
Internment camps, detention facilities, barracks-prison, all the same.
These innocent citizens and their children who were born in America, suffered after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Pearson delves into the personal lives of some detainees, what was life like, how could they justify their treatment and still keep their heritage and love of 'their' America.
Sports played a role in keeping the youth active-and it became a life line for some. But the prejudice they experienced was heartbreaking.
A very enlightening read of a tragic part of American history.

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Daughter of the Morning Star: A Longmire Mystery By Craig Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593297254
Published: Viking - September 21st, 2021

Walt Longmire is back trying to solve a very sensitive problem; it won't get finished.
Young women from the rez are disappearing and no clues as to why or who may be involved. But Walt & Henry are making some progress one story at a time.
Their investigating involves meeting with families & some mysterious activities may lead to some clues.
This is a current situation and as you can imagine, emotional upheaval top all the families.
Of course there is action & some humor and even a special basketball game.
AND re-read pgs. 180-181 where Walt (aka Johnson) talks about being in a bookstore; very profound!!!

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Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape By Cal Flyn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984878199
Published: Viking - June 1st, 2021

How do we see wastelands, abandoned spaces? Should they be saved, as is OR redeveloped?
We have to understand the site & all the species involved with it. A field can undergoing succession-on it's way to being a carbon sink!
BUT you can't force evolution; it's like fake art-and has consequences-shape shifting species.
And Cal Flyn visits forbidden
sites around the world-to find species (including humans, an invasive!) beginning to re-inhabit an area. But have these species changed? Evolved to fit?
Can you force nature? Should we be doing "prettification"-or step back?
Cal brings you to the front line, to feel the site & see what is happening.
It is a strange world out there-a place where you can see mountains come & go-volcanos!
Suggested reading: Frankenstein; Under a White Sky; Underland

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Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II By Daniel James Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525557401
Published: Viking - May 11th, 2021

The harshness of life for Japanese-Americans was brought to the extreme after pearl harbor.
The Japanese in Hawaii & the ones 'state side', had different attitudes & culture. BUT together they became a force.
the young men who were needed for the WW11 effort, were trained & sent to Europe.
Despite them considered not being citizens & their families in camps, the men were a force together of skills, loyalty for the USA & each other.
Incredible details of their lives in camps, in training and in the battlefield.
Brown brings the stories of some of these soldiers thru the war & then upon their return...has anything changed? Do they still have to 'fight' at home?
An extensive history of the time with all the emotions expressed thru Brown's words.

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A Solitude of Wolverines: A Novel of Suspense (Alex Carter Series #1) By Alice Henderson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062982087
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 28th, 2021

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Title: A Solitude of Wolverines

Comments: Alex Carter, a biologist, was brave from the beginning of this story. Just up & left Boston, a relationship and went to Montana to live in an old, closed ski lodge.
although she wasn't welcome since locals felt the land trust (who sent her, wouldn't let them hunt on the land. But she did make a few friends which put some changes in her life.
Her job was to set up game cameras & other devices to find wolverines, an endangered species in those mountains.
she is adjusting but WHO was really a friend and why was someone out there to kill her! and is there a Sasquatch???
Natural history, illegal transporting & hunting of 'non native animals'-and the drama of local law enforcement make this a challenge. 
Lots of action & information and the setting is definitely rough. Good to read from a chair-by the fire!

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Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells By Harold McGee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594203954
Published: Penguin Press - October 20th, 2020

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Title: Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells

Comments: That flexible appendage in the middle of our faces has an extraordinary job.
You don't see all those flying molecules of scents BUT the nose knows!
McGee combines his humor, scientific research, and narrative to show us what is out there; why things (food and 'other') smell the way they do, and tries to answer WHY and HOW!
There is history -- evolution and creation all combined. His term for this study is "osmocom". There are formulas to study here (but not necessary) but the 'WHY' is divided into sections and THAT is FASCINATING!
Why does parmesan cheese smell like pineapple??? which came first??? these molecules were here before anyone with a nose evolved!
Take your time & just pick your food, herb, flower or stinky thing and maybe find out why it smells that way.
Great fun for gardeners, cooks-and public health people...

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Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian Mission By Stephen Puleo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250200471
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 3rd, 2020

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Title: Voyage of Mercy

Comments: The potato famine in Ireland was causing massive starvation for millions. And there was no help from England.
At this time, 1847, US was at war with Mexico BUT because so many Irish immigrants came to the US, everyone learned of the tragic times. 
And then, Young America came together-all peoples, all areas, rich & poor-to start shipping food & supplies to Ireland. It was our first humanitarian effort supported by all!!
Author Puleo gives the background, the personalities and describes the harshest conditions known.
US and Ireland, to this day, share a special bond.
Great history & extremely moving action packed voyages...

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No Man's Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I By Wendy Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541672727
Published: Basic Books - April 28th, 2020

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Title: No Man's Land

Comments: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. In this case-WW1 in Europe & the suffragette movement. Two women doctors decided to do their part AND prove a point: women doctors CAN handle war injuries & trauma. Flora Murray & Louisa Anderson set up the first hospital in France taking in all kinds of injuries. Many of these were new German weapons like chlorine gas & shrapnel wounds.
Their success continued into more facilities-the latest & biggest was Endell Street Hospital in London.
AND these hospitals were TOTALLY run by women.
This book is their story.  But very much part of WW1 damage in France & London, military politics and the nature of war affecting everyone...

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Deep River By Karl Marlantes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148971
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Published: Grove Press - July 14th, 2020

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Title: Deep River

Comments: The Deep River, the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest, MADE the businesses AND people!
Early 1900's, Swedish & Finns came to escape the changes in Europe. Men & women  survived by hard work, sharing, not giving up-to make a new life.
This book is a total immersion into the day to day life-of wet wool, loggers boots, huge salmon, massive trees & the struggles with workers rights, big corporations, strikes & bargaining.
And yet there was life-births & midwifery and deaths...
This will take YOU inside the life with such details, I am shocked to have learned so much! 
An absolute emotional experience you want to follow. the author must have spent years researching to tell this amazing history.
And yet, its the same thing today-immigrants, workers, unions & wanting to have freedom to live... 

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All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #16) By Louise Penny Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250145246
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 29th, 2021

Here is an emotional packed, filled with international intrigue AND so much more of our friend Armand Gamache.
The story takes place in Paris where Gamache grew up. And now the early life of him ties into the current happenings with his godfather.
BUT we have the whole Gamache family here and everyone gets involved with the quest!
Three Pines? Yes, help comes from there too!
Penny seems to have brought everyone's personality to the front-and just see how it works-or not!
Plan some uninterrupted time for this book-emotions run high and action moves...

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Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people By Tracy Kidder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984801432
Published: Random House - January 17th, 2023

Some people have choices, others do not. For some of those known as 'rough sleepers' in Boston, Dr. Jim & his team are a life saver and changers.
Kidder has brought all the details, heartbreaks, success stories and current social issues-into a very emotional read.
An eye opener for many about the medical 'industry' & why people live the way they do.
The stories may b e sad but you'll come to realize the strength these rough sleepers have, why there is distrust with the medical & social systems and why Dr. Jim can manage all scenarios.
Kidder has done an extraordinary writing after 3 years of living the life beside Dr. Jim.
God Bless You Jim!!!