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In The Backwoods of Nowhere: True story of a courageous woman. She'll surprise you and make you laugh, but keep a tissue nearby for when she melts your heart. Lots of photos

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own.

This is the book I found in a cottage rental in Florida that got me started reading again. A book every woman should read.

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Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)

Based on the true story of Genie (Katie, in the movie) who was kept strapped to a potty-chair and locked inside a cage by her father. I learned about her in Psychology class and developed an interest in Feral Children.

FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW was very well researched and held my interest. At first I didn't realize FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW was based on an actual person. Once I found that out, the book became even more intriguing.

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Really amazing novel (based on a true story) about the last woman executed in Iceland. Captivating.

Cut: The true story of an abandoned, abused little girl who was desperate to be part of a family

I remember my fifth grade teacher read this to us everyday after lunch. Do teachers still do stuff like that? My fav. children's book.

The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews