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Wunderland
by Jennifer Cody Epstein

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A thought provoking piece of historical fiction that intersects multi-generations. Mysterious, sad, and bittersweet.

The Lost Ones
by Sheena Kamal

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Fast paced, energetic, Canadian!

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, And The Quest For A Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

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Inspirational Read and great insight into the tech world

The Case Against Fragrance
by Kate Grenville

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If you've ever developed a headache in the cleaning product aisle, or from someone's too liberal use of body spray, you'll want to read this book. Kate Grenville has produced a well-researched cautionary tale about the dangers of toxic chemicals that surround us everyday in scented body products, cosmetics, deodorants, laundry and cleaning products, and even baby products. Grenville's investigation discloses some of the ingredients that can lead to headaches, skin rashes, and nervous system disorders; relates laboratory testing methods that fail to protect consumers; and discusses chemical effects in the environment from substances known to be "gender bending" or carcinogenic. Grenville makes a convincing case that will send you to your bathroom and laundry room shelves for a cleansing purge.

Rich People Problems
by Kevin Kwan

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While still a fun read, I felt this was the least engaging of the series. Instead of focusing on the whimsy and fantasy that made the first two so fun this one is more bogged down with side characters and infighting in an attempt to tie everything up with a twist ending.

Window On My Heart: The Autobiography of Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, G.B.E.
by Lady Baden-Powell and Mary Drewery

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A very interesting read about the life of Lady Olave Baden-Powell. I learned lots about not only Olave's life, but also about some unknown aspects of of Guiding and Scouting.

The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

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There was a lot of interesting information in The Library Book, but I wasn’t a big fan of the structure. Orlean essentially wrote three different books: (1) a love letter to libraries (2) a history of the Los Angeles Public Libraries and its librarians from 1880 to now, and (3) an investigation into the fire that occurred at the central branch of LAPL on April 29, 1986. These three topics were interspersed with each other in alternating chapters, which ended up feeling a bit choppy. I would just feel immersed in one topic, when it would switch to another. I wish the story was told more linearly, or that this book was divided into different sections.

Born On A Tuesday
by Elnathan John

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So beautifully written, but the last 20% really feels like a punch to the gut.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

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I’m glad that this is a powerful book for a lot of people, but it just didn’t offer me much. In fact, the more I read, the more I couldn’t help but notice Pausch’s privilege and how he came across as entitled and self-absorbed? I have no doubt that he worked hard for his achievements, but he also got incredibly lucky and I wish that had been acknowledged more. My 2-star rating is only a reflection of the book, not the author – it seems like Pausch was a wonderful professor, husband and father.

Out of the Woods
by David Yates

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Wonderful collection of 3-4 page articles, each talking about a different individual or event from Huron County's. Highly recommend for those interested in local or family history.


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