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The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia
David E. Hoffman
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Diana Burgin, Katherine Tiernan O'Connor
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
Arun Gandhi, Marshall B. Rosenberg
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas, Timothy Keller
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-63
Taylor Branch
The Path to Power
Robert A. Caro
The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity
Paul A. Johnsgard
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
Robin D.G. Kelley
Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare

Read this aloud with the kids. For a novel with a female protagonist, and a relatively feminist theme, it barely even manages to pass the Bechdel Test. And (very slight spoiler) that female protagonist is saved by a man much more frequently than she manages to save herself. Furthermore, the quality of the writing itself isn't that great—about what you'd expect from a YA novel, I guess.

That said, there were redeeming qualities. Matthew Wood, for instance, is an interesting character, and his relationship with Kit is intriguing. And Kit herself follows a character arc that's not overly predictable or simple. It's not a terrible book, but it's certainly not among the best we've read as a family.