Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Eleanor Coerr)

I remember seeing Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes on booklists for late elementary grades for a long time, but never ended up reading it myself (which is kinda funny because I was fascinated by origami for a while).  Finally getting around to it this year, I was most surprised by its length.  Or should … Continue reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Eleanor Coerr)

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has a lot in common with Killers of the Flower Moon.  Both are fascinating pieces of on-the-ground journalism about events that happened decades ago;  both Grann and Skloot worked extensively with living family members of the people involved, and helped solved mysteries the family members never had answers to.  … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

I read Geraldine Brooks’ novel Caleb’s Crossing a few months ago, and loved it. After that, I discovered Brooks had a number of other novels, most of which sounded equally fascinating, and decided to start with Year of Wonders. It’s also set in the 17th century, but that wasn’t the reason. Rather, Year of Wonders … Continue reading Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)