Category Archives: book reviews

Book Review: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

When my thirteen-year-old son told me this month that Old Yeller is “one of the best books” he has ever read, I knew I had to look at that classic work of fiction. Fred Gipson sets this story in 1860s … Continue reading

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I’m really interested in reading about frontier Texas. Do you have some recommendations for history books that capture the spirit of this time?

Since that covers a lot of territory, it’s hard to choose just a few, but here are some favorites of the staff in the Genealogy and History Division: Randolph B. Campbell’s Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State has … Continue reading

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Diverse Books for Kids – Books with Transgender Leads

I am a huge proponent for books with diverse characters. I believe kids should have the opportunity to read about other kids that look, sound, and feel like they do. Recently, I listened to George by Alex Gino and read Gracefully … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe

What if you could check out your favorite authors from your local library and take them home to chat? Not just their books… the actual authors themselves. In author Gene Wolfe’s 2015 science fiction, mystery novel, A Borrowed Man, accomplishing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Battle lines: A graphic history of the Civil War, by Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Battle Lines opens with the battle that is considered the beginning of the Civil War, the Battle of Fort Sumter where the only casualties were caused not by actual combat but by accidental canon fire. The book details how the rocky … Continue reading

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