What We Are Reading 5.0

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City of Thieves
by David Benioff

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If you are a fan of WWII books, or just books in general, this book is a must-read. City of Thieves captivated me from the very first page. Told from the point of view of Lev, a 17 year-old boy living in Russia during the Nazi siege of Leningrad, he is found guilty of looting a dead German soldier. Instead of being imprisoned, the Colonel instructs him and another thief to go on a hunt for eggs. Sounds easy enough, except no one has seen eggs in months let alone chickens. Nevertheless, they persevere on an insightful, humorous journey through freezing weather and persisting danger. 5 stars, without a doubt.

-Samantha


Bringing The War Home
by Jeremy Varon

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Varon compares and contrasts the Weathermen and the Red Army Faction in a way that is at some times difficult to follow because he splits the text in two halves and focuses one part on either group. This did not seem like an efficient way of analyzing both movements and how they related to one another. The text seems heavily weighted about the Weathermen, with one more chapter about the American movement than the Red Army Faction. Moreover, the title is a nod to the Weathermen’s slogan, “Bring the war home,” from 1969-70, possibly showing Varon’s favoritism of the Weathermen (157). A shorter chapter experience with specific subjects for each chapter comparing and contrasting the movements might have been more efficient. Still, the introduction and conclusion lay out many of these examples, the reader just has to analyze the larger sections in order to find the details and evidence for the anecdotes.

-Mia

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Currently Reading

An Unwanted Guest
by Shari Lapena

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There are ten guests staying at Mitchell’s Inn, a remote and charming lodge in the Catskill Mountains. There is no cell service, no internet access, just the hotel and the great outdoors.A blizzard hits, which turns into an ice storm. The guests wake up to no power and one of the guests is found dead, but it looks like it could have been an accident. Then a second guest is found dead, clearly murdered. No one has arrived or left since the storm, so who could the murderer be? Surely not one of the guests…

An Unwanted Guest is similar to And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and even makes references to the star to her detective series, Hercule Poirot. It is an easy-read with short chapters and multiple viewpoints. Highly recommend.

-Samantha


The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair

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I am currently reading Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for research on my senior thesis about animal rights. Although it is very grotesque, I am happy to finally be reading this classic!

-Mia

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Next Read

Six Women of Salem:
The Untold Story of The Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trial
by Marilynne K. Roach

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Living just a short drive away from Salem, Massachusetts myself, I have always been intrigued by the Salem Witch Trials and what really happened. High anticipation for this educational read.

-Samantha


Running With Scissors
by Augusten Burroughs

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Guys! It has been a month and I still have not gotten to this book. I want to so badly, but being in school is keeping me from pleasure reading right now. My hope is that this month I will be less busy and will be able to get to it, but something tells me that I am being overly optimistic! 

-Mia

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