You don't need to be a history nut to love this book.

Book title: Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family - book cover picture

I have never been one to like historical non-fiction, but this book blew me away. The writing style is very engrossing. The first 30 pages or so is on the dry side and filled with too many names and dates to keep up with, but it's definitely worth it to work your way through it. After the Civil War is over and Reconstruction begins, the book settles nicely on the lives of two key figures in Atlanta's history (one white and one black) and follows both families for several generations. BOTH stories are equally important and fascinating. The reader gets both a sense of what it was like to be considered a second-class citizen and have to fight relentlessly for rights and respect, AND what it was like to be a part of the white establishment and try to evoke change and maintain respect. This book is not just a book for Atlantans, like myself. It's lessons of struggle, determination and courage are timeless and without geographic limits.

EAN: 9780140265095
Pages: 688
Publisher: Penguin Books
Gary M. Pomerantz

Double Fudge

Book title: Double Fudge
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Double Fudge - book cover picture

In the book Double Fudge, the main character Peter has to face a life with his little brother Fudge, who is just a living nightmare and who's been hiding a secret that has got on Peter's nerves. Then even more trouble comes, Peter's cousins Flora and Fauna. They also ruin Peter's life by coming to stay at his house. You'll find out what trouble they cause when you read the book. Peter's family lives in New York on 25 West 68th Street. Peter learns to appreciate his family, that's also the author's message. You should be thankful for the family you have.

I would give this book 5 stars because of the excitement it gives me.

Will Fudge ever reveal his secret? If you want to find out Fudge's secret read the book Double Fudge by Judy Blume.

EAN: 9780142501115
Pages: 224
Publisher: Puffin
Judy Blume

One of the Best

Book title: We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam - book cover picture

It's one of the best military history books I've read. The authors describe vividly in minute-count details of what's happening in the battle. The reality of horror of what struck US force in the 1st bloodiest battle in Vietnam really sucked me into reading page to page. The description, explaination, the story of book was so real I felt one in the battle myself. Another plus, the book is based on 2 sided of the stories (US as well as Vietnam) thus making it so historically valuable.

EAN: 9780060975760
Pages: 528
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Harold G. Moore

Worth the trip....

Book title: Night Storm
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Any time I read a book and it can bring forth an emotion, it's got to be well written. Catherine Coulter's book always have that effect on me. And this one is no exception. I hate books that are predictable. Yes they all have happy endings, but it's the journey that makes it worth the time to read. And a trip with Ms. Coulter is always interesting. Hearts and flowers are great once in a while. But a steady diet is very boring. Give me a struggle, a knock down drag out fight, a handsome rogue with a heart, and a heroine who doesn't always look like Cindy Crawford and I'm in heaven. If you want everything sugar coated try Mary Poppins. But if you want to laugh, cry or just get ticked off... Give Ms. Coulter a try.

EAN: 9780380756230
Pages: 400
Publisher: Avon
Catherine Coulter

Must Read!!

Book title: The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century - book cover picture

This is a book that makes you think about the world around you. When you do you will realize that the author is correct in his thesis that the world has gotten flatter. It many ways this book is scary and in others it is thrilling to know what we have accomplished. But it also points out just how fat and lazy we Americans have gotten about the jobs we think we are to good to do. If we don't watch out the world will finish overtaking us and we will be a third world nation!!! Just some food for thought!

EAN: 9780374292881
Pages: 496
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Thomas L. Friedman

Almost too much for even a Sackett to handle

Book title: Mustang Man : The Sacketts (Sacketts)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Louis L'Amour really was a master at his craft. "Mustang Man" is a fairly short book, but it is packed with action and intrigue. There are several groups in the book looking for 300 pounds of gold. The hero, Nolan Sackett, gets caught up in the race when he tries to help a stranded group.

The book starts off with Nolan on the run, he beat a man to the draw, and the man's friends come after Nolan intending to kill him. Nolan has a run in with another man when Nolan needs a fresh horse. A few pages later Nolan comes to help a group, and the group tries to kill him. And the story never slows down.

This is a fairly typical Louis L'Amour, a very well written story. It is a page turner, and is hard to put down. If you enjoy a good western, pick this book up; it is worth reading.

EAN: 9780553276817
Pages: 176
Publisher: Bantam
Louis L'Amour

Rowling Hits It Big

Book title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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J.K. Rowling's, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone is a funny and mysterious fantasy book. The New York Times has it on their best seller list. It's about a young boy named Harry Potter, growing up with his horrible relatives the Dursleys. On his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter finds out he is a wizard and goes off to Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to become a wizard. Harry Potter is a great book for all ages, because J.K. Rowling uses language that is easy to understand. It's a super book to read.

EAN: 0038332175202
Pages: 309
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
J.K. Rowling


Book title: The Age of Revolution: Europe, 1789-1848
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Age of Revolution: Europe, 1789-1848 - book cover picture

The author has, with this book, achived something great. He has managed to write about one of the most complex periods in European and World history in an acurate and detailed manner, whilst keeping it throughly readable. Why past reviews have attacked a lack of mention regarding the American Revolution escapes me. I would suggest that it is the French Revolution that warrents far greater attention due to its profound effects on political systems worldwide, and this book dose just that. For anybody interested in the transformation from absolutist to nationalist Europe, this is a mst read.

EAN: 9780349104843
Publisher: Abacus
Eric Hobsbawm

History in the desert

Book title: This Is Burning Man
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
This Is Burning Man - book cover picture

A lot of people will tell you that Burningman isn't what it used to be, or that it's so commercial and mainstream etc. The truth is Black Rock City is still one of the most unique experiences in the world and you can still attend. Burningman has changed and Brian tells the story of how Burningman started, developed and became what it is today. To most people Burningman is getting better. Rumors and the Cacophonists et al specialize in disinformation. This book explains most of the people, events and stories that have made the event what it is today.

EAN: 9780316711548
Pages: 320
Publisher: Little, Brown
Brian Doherty

A Girl From the Stars, A Lesson on Individuality

Book title: Stargirl
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Stargirl - book cover picture

Stargirl is about a wonderful free spirited high school girl who unlike all of her peers, doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She is of course shunned from the "cool crowd" for being "different." But that doesn't bother Stargirl. She continues to display acts of kindness for enemies and her one friend, Dorie Dillson. While everyone is busy trying to find reasons to hate her, Leo Borlock does the exact opposite. He falls in love with her. As "everyone" shuns both Leo and Stargirl, Leo comes face to face with a problem. Leave the girl he loves, or be considered "cool" again.
Stargirl is a wonderful book written by Jerry Spinelli, his best ever! This book moved me. IT helps you realize that yes, you can be different.

EAN: 9780375822339
Pages: 208
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Jerry Spinelli

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