fuzzi's 2018 ROOT Rehoming Thread
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And the first rehomed book of 2018 is...
#1 Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker (an Early Reviewer selection)
Entertaining story about a young orphan who leaves home to get into the racing business, and finds a misunderstood and mistreated horse that she believes could be a champion: in other words, this is a pony book.
I did feel that the author did a decent job of telling the story in first-person, which is not always done well, and I appreciated the fact that he did not feel it necessary to flood the reader with excess information that was not needed to tell this tale.
#2 To Be a Logger by Lois Lenski
Written in the 1960s, this "regional series" tale of the loggers, their families, and their communities in the Pacific northwest is more modern than Lois Lenski's other books, but still was a pretty good read. The author researched her subject well, and it shows in her writing: her children are typical youngsters, caught up in the fun of each day...but after their chores are done. There is a little "preachy" feel in this story about what's best for the forests, but never enough to abandon the book.
#3 The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
While this book may appear dated in some ways, the tale and the pictures are timeless. This one goes in the box for my granddaughter!
And I'm purging my shelves today, here are all the books being rehomed:
4. On the Road With Charles Kuralt
5. Corrie ten Boom's Prison Letters
6. The River by Gary Paulsen
7. Twisted True Tales From Science: Explosive Experiments by Stephanie Bearce
8. Indian Captive by Lois Lenski
9. The Family Book of Best Loved Short Stories
10. She Who Laughs, Lasts by Ann Spangler
11. Father's Road by Ji-yun Jang
#12 Sergeant York by John Perry
Before I read this biography of Alvin York, I only knew a little about him, that he was a hero of WWI and had won medals for courage.
But Sergeant York was more than that, a man from the backwoods of Tennessee, used to hunting and farming, and had strong principles. After being drafted he filed to be a conscientious objector, not wanting to kill based upon his Christian beliefs, but after prayer he decided that fighting for defense was acceptable.
The first sixty pages is pre-WWI and his return to the USA, and the rest of the book details his work establishing schools for the poor children of the hills who had no access to education. I liked how Alvin York stood by his principles, butting heads with those who wanted to use his name to fill their own pockets, or further their own political careers.
Sergeant York was not perfect, had flaws, and this bio did not hide them, but told his story in a well-balanced way, and without heavy religious themes that might keep non-Christians from reading his story.
#13 Covered Wagon Women Volume 2 edited by Kenneth L. Holmes
This is a thoroughly engaging book composed of journals kept by women as they crossed the prairies in 1850, destination California, Oregon, or Salt Lake City. The daily struggles to feed their families and stock, keep their children safe, and assist in all aspects of survival are fascinating to read, and contemplate. I especially enjoyed comparing the descriptions of the same landmarks, like Chimney Rock, by different writers. A map of the routes taken would have been great.
#14 Teen-Age Dog Stories edited by David Thomas
I have found that short story collections can be a mixed bag of good, mediocre, and awful tales, but Teen-Age Dog Stories was a pleasant exception to my usual experience with the genre. A couple of the stories included were old favorites from familiar authors, but the others were good enough to make me want to look up other works by their authors. Don't let the title dissuade you from trying this book: the stories within are not juvenile, include more adult themes, though never in a graphic manner.
#16 John Muir's Wild America by Tom Melham - (ROOT)
#17 Anne's Colors by Kelly Hill
#18 Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley by Marguerite Henry
#19 Double Star by Robert Heinlein - (ROOT)
#20 Captain Kidd's Cat by Robert Lawson
#21 If a Horse Had Words by Kelly Cooper
#22 The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain - (ROOT)
#23 Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok - (ROOT)
#24 The New Testament in Four Versions: King James, Revised Standard, Phillips Modern English & New English Bible - (ROOT)
#25 What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber - (ER)
#26 Rebel With a Cause by Franklin Graham - (ROOT)
#28 Baree, Son of Kazan by James Oliver Curwood(duplicate copy)
#29 Horses and Mules in the Civil War: A Complete History by Gene Armistead - (ROOT)
#30 A Soldier's Sketchbook by John Wilson
#31 Unleashed by Amanda Jones
#32 The Black Stallion's Ghost by Walter Farley
#33 The Conquering Family by Thomas Costain - (ROOT)
#34 Red Dog by Louis De Bernieres
#35 The World of Roger Tory Peterson by John C Devlin - (ROOT)
#36 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
This was a classic that I'd missed reading for over five decades but determined to attempt this year. It was an enjoyable read, believable, and kept my interest throughout the tale.
#37 Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography - (ROOT)
#38 The Gulag Archipelago One - (ROOT)
#39 The Gulag Archipelago Two - (ROOT)
#40 The Gulag Archipelago Three - (ROOT)
Cleaning off the shelves...
42. Emily Climbs by LM Montgomery - (ROOT)
43. Emily's Quest by LM Montgomery - (ROOT)
44. The Scarlet Pimpernel - (ROOT)
45. Silas Marner - (ROOT)
46. To Kill a Mockingbird - (ROOT)
47. Hans Brinker - (ROOT)
48. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
49. The Grandfathers by Conrad Richter
I've read all of these before, but some I have not reread since I bought my current copy several years ago, so out they go!
#58 Gunman's Rhapsody by Robert B Parker
I recently discovered the works of Robert B Parker, and I believe I'm hooked...
Gunman's Rhapsody is a retelling of Wyatt Earp's time in Tombstone, and a good one at that. The author writes dialogue that sounds like real-life conversations, and his characters are interesting, flawed, though likable. This was my third western by this author, and I plan to read more from his plethora of published works.
#59 The Warrior's Path (duplicate)
#60 Monument Rock (duplicate)
#61 My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
This is a delightful collection of stories about the dogs that the author has known and loved. It made me smile, and chuckle several times. Highly recommended for dog lovers, but worth reading by anyone.
#62 The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American
I really enjoyed this book, read and reviewed it and fully intended to keep it...
...but a mouse made a temporary residence behind my cookbook shelf, and by the time I discovered his damage, this book was beyond salvaging. :(
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