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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
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell

Read this with the kids, and we all enjoyed it. It was quite interesting to imagine having an entire island all to oneself—both the good and bad parts of that. It really lit up my 7-year-old daughter's imagination, especially.

Not long before we finished, I read that it was based on a true story, and a bit about the real woman. I have to admit, that kind of detracted from the value of the story for me. At the end of the book, it basically shifts over into that real-life story, and we all lost interest at that point. Fortunately, it was the last chapter. And it didn't mar the overall experience of the book.