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Readers' picks

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is a riveting, unflinching, unforgettable account of the three-day battle for Gettysburg. This book is the best and most realistic piece of historical fiction I have ever read and has completely reinvented my personal view of the Civil War.– David LeBlanc, Norton, Mass.

After reading Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell, we are cheerleaders for this British woman who lived from 1865 to 1926. She was extremely intelligent and a fearless explorer who helped in the creation of Iraq.– Tea, Tales, & Turtlenecks, a book group in Los Angeles

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I am reading Barack Obama's Dreams From My Father. He is a great writer, tells wonderful stories, and shares his experiences as a white-black person. – Marcy Cheek, Laguna Woods Village, Calif.

Song of the Lark by Willa Cather is like comfort food for my soul. Cather has such a keen observational tone and there is profound and lyrical prose throughout the book. – Gay Donahue, Brookfield, Wis.

In Shakespeare's Wife Germaine Greer challenges scholars who have demeaned Anne Hathaway. Using social history and town records, Greer infers that Anne was a successful parent, a money-earner, and an all-around competent human being. – Kent MacKay Rollo, Glasgow, Scotland

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