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Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins,

Prelude to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings , but a complete tale in itself. Mr. Bilbo Baggins, a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon and experienced other remarkable things on his journey of adventure

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Water for Elephants - Gruen. A story told by an old man in a nursing home about his life with a second tier circus at the beginning of the Depression. Poignant love story mixed with the harsh reality of the traveling circus and the poor economy.

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (9/30-10/3) Cute book, and nice to see her rise to fame. Also love all the Massachusetts references.

  • Kirsten Andrews

    Good. Not as good as Tina Fey's but waaayyy better than Rachel Dracht's.

  • Sarah Landry

    I agree. I'm not sure I'll read Dratch's, since I've heard mixed reviews. I just finished the chapter about all the photos she has of herself on her blackberry and was giggling on the train this morning.

  • Kirsten Andrews

    I wish Amy Poehler would write one.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox; Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now. -- Great read aloud for any age; written at a 9- to 12-year-old reading level.

Homebases Mom's reading list for 2011 ---A lot I haven't read going to check them out starting with Unbroken

I don't read a lot of fiction these days, but I did read this on vacation recently and enjoyed it. Even though it's fiction, it reads like a war memoir.

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins,

Next by Michael Crichton 2012

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 2012

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik,