Author: Voracious Bookworms

The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre Oleg Gordievsky was the model of a perfect KGB officer.  Born into a KGB family, he possessed a deep intellect and graduated from the “Russian Harvard”.  But eventually he recognized the lies and tyranny of the Soviet regime for what they were, and as he worked his…

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi At the age of thirty-six, just months away from finishing his years of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.  In an instant, Kalanithi’s imagined future with his wife was gone, replaced by pain and uncertainty.  Where he had been the doctor…

The Winter Sea

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley In the spring of 1708, a Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers anchored off the coast of Scotland and nearly succeeded in reclaiming the throne of England for exiled James Stewart.  Bestselling author Carrie McClelland intends to use this historical event as the backdrop for her next novel. …

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson Once again, Bill Bryson steps out the door and into his favorite activity – travel.  This time, it is Australia, where he will brave the scorching heat, the many miles of barren desert land, and, of course, the many ways one could die.  There are the spiders, the…

Skyward

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson Since Spensa was a child, she dreamed of becoming a pilot, a hero that defended her world from the Krell.  But she has been branded coward’s daughter since the day her father broke rank and fled from the enemy.  Her chances of becoming a pilot are almost zero.  And as Spensa…

Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate It is 1939, and twelve-year-old Rill Foss lives with her four younger siblings on the Arcadia, her family’s Mississippi River shantyboat.  For Rill, it is the perfect life – magical, free, and filled with adventures.  Until one night, when her father must rush her mother to the hospital,…

The Operator

The Operator by Robert O’Neill In his New York Times bestseller The Operator, Robert O’Neill begins by briefly describing his childhood in his hometown of Butte, Montana.  He quickly moves on to his impulsive decision to join the SEALs and the grueling months of intense training required to qualify.  During his sixteen and a half…

Neither Here nor There

Neither Here nor There by Bill Bryson In 1972, Bill Bryson traveled across Europe with his notorious friend from A Walk in the Woods, Stephen Katz.  Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his steps, stopping by Paris, Rome, Vienna, and many other cities.  The result of this second trip is chronicled in Neither Here…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau.  There he is made the Tätowierer, tattooing numbers on his fellow prisoners’ arms day after day.  For almost three years, he witnesses the barbaric acts of the Nazis, uses his privileged position…

I Am David

I Am David by Anne Holm For as long as he can remember, the concentration camp in Eastern Europe has been twelve-year-old David’s only life.  He knows nothing about the outside world, but when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it and runs.  With the enemy around every corner, he struggles to…