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Jeanne Bradley is from Springfield, Oregon.

I love Bookmarks and always share it with our book club.

Merle's Door

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


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