BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATIONS
Jeanne Bradley is from Springfield, Oregon.
I love Bookmarks and always share it with our book club.
Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
By Ted Kerasote
As a lover of cats and dogs, I find this is my favorite dog book; Kerasote shares his adventures with Merle, the best dog ever. He makes me want to rush out to get a Golden Retriever.
The Big Burn
Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
By Timothy Egan
I have shelves of Western history and all of Egan's books. He's a master at relating the story of the largest forest fire in American history, which devastated parts of Washington, Idaho, and Montana in 1910.
By Peter Hamill
Another favorite author and wonderful storyteller! Forever is a captivating historical novel of New York City, with suspense, romance, history, and drama. Hamill's plot follows New York City from the time it was a small community to the sprawling city it is today.
A Secret Kept
By Tatiana de Rosnay
The author of Sarah's Key has done it again. This suspenseful novel, which takes place in France, shows the often devastating consequences of family secrets.
Read My Pins
Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box
By Madeleine Albright
The former U.S. Secretary of State connects stories of her life to individual pins in her vast collection. As a fellow pin collector, I loved the roles Albright's pins played in her wonderful career.
Skeletons at the Feast
By Chis Bohjalian
I love Chris Bohjalian. This work of historical fiction, which takes place during World War II, contains a compelling mix of history, romance, and suspense.
The Hummingbird's Daughter
By Luis Alberto Urrea
I completely lost myself in the history of Mexico in this wonderful novel, which involves a young woman's sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico. Urrea is a master storyteller who amazed and surprised me. I'm reading the sequel, Queen of America, now.
A Million Nightingales
By Susan Straight
This story, about a slave girls' journey to freedom, takes place in antebellum Louisiana, but no matter which region Straight is describing, she speaks the inhabitants' language. She keeps you enthralled to the last page.
Appetite for America
Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time
By Stephen Fried