Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

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A Good Day’s Work: An Iowa Farm in the Great Depression

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Book Number: 
675
Date Fred Read: 
October 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Dwight W. Hoover
Total Pages: 
206
Publisher: 
Ivan R. Dee
Year: 
2007

Dwight W. Hoover, emeritus professor of history and former director of the Center for Midwestern Studies at Ball State University, has also written three other books. This was a gift book.  Read more

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Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War, and God

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Book Number: 
672
Date Fred Read: 
September 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Will Durant
Total Pages: 
177
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Year: 
2014

Will Durant (1885-1981) was rewarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. His widely acclaimed 11-volume series The Story of Civilization were written between 1935 and 1975. This autobiographical book gives his personal feelings of his life.  Read more

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Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio

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Book Number: 
648
Date Fred Read: 
April 2016
Fred's Rating: 
5
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
New America Library
Year: 
2010

Francesca Ambrogetti, a journalist and social psychologist, has headed Associations for Foreign Press and Correspondents. She works with international media and the Vatican Radio. Sergio Rubin, an award-winning author and journalist, is chief of religious news for the Argentinian newspaper Clarin and its supplement Valores Religiosos. My paperback edition was a gift.  Read more

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Grant Wood’s Iowa: A Visitor’s Guide

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Book Number: 
637
Date Fred Read: 
January 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Total Pages: 
124
Publisher: 
Country Press
Year: 
2013

Wende Elliott is a writer, organic farmer, and activist for organic and fair-trade food who has taught at Iowa State University. William Balthazar Rose is a painter who has taught at UC Berkeley and Princeton University. This was a gift book.  Read more

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Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer

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Book Number: 
618
Date Fred Read: 
July 2015
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Fred Kaplan
Total Pages: 
362
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2008

Fred Kaplan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate College of the City University of New York, is the author of several biographies. He was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award and the Pulitzer Prize. This was a gift book.  Read more

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A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

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Book Number: 
617
Date Fred Read: 
July 2015
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Tom Brokaw
Total Pages: 
227
Publisher: 
Random House
Year: 
2015

Tom Brokaw is the author of six bestsellers. A graduate of the Univ. of South Dakota, his home state, he began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC. He rose to anchor Today on NBC, then the NBC Nightly News, for which he continues to report. This was a gift book.  Read more

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Through the Narrow Gate: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery

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Book Number: 
600
Date Fred Read: 
March 2015
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Karen Armstrong
Total Pages: 
281
Publisher: 
St. Martins
Year: 
2005

After leaving her religious order in 1969, Karen Armstrong took a literature degree at Oxford and has become one of the world’s foremost commentators on religious affairs and historians of world religions. This, her first book, was a recent gift. (For her many books I’ve read, click on her name.)  Read more

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When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions

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Book Number: 
523
Date Fred Read: 
August 2013
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Sue Monk Kidd
Total Pages: 
205
Publisher: 
Harper One
Year: 
2006

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, as well as the award-winning The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and God’s Joyful Surprise. This was a gift book. (For her books I’ve read click on her name.)  Read more

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Born Again: My Journey from Fundamentalism to Freedom

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Book Number: 
521
Date Fred Read: 
August 2013
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Tom Harpur
Total Pages: 
243
Publisher: 
Thomas Allen Publishers
Year: 
2011

Tom Harpur, a Rhodes Scholar, Anglican priest, and Professor of New Testament and Greek at the University of Toronto, had for many years a religion column in the Toronto Star. His commitment to developing a relevant, inclusive and reasonable faith has won him international recognition, in large part confirmed by his 2005 book The Pagan Christ – a bestseller.  Read more

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

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Book Number: 
496
Date Fred Read: 
February 2013
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Michael J. Fox
Total Pages: 
100
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Year: 
2010

Michael J. Fox, the actor well-known for his TV and movie roles, has written other books. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, launched in 2000, has leapt to the forefront of the effort to find a cure. This little book was a Christmas gift.  Read more

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