I try to pepper in some non fiction into my steady diet of tween post apocalyptic or zombie novels, mostly because when I talk about the things I normally read, people's eyes just glaze over. The latest book on my reading list was Miracles and Massacres.
It is a collection of true stories dating from the founding of the US to present day, none of which I had ever heard about. I love history but you have to admit, history books are, by their very nature, quite dry and tough to get through. But this book was different. All the accounts were written as stories and were subsequently so easy to read. I burned though the book in a few days, Morrigan finished it much faster.
Seriously, I can't recommend it highly enough.
But now we have to discuss the author, Glenn Beck.
Hey you lefties! Hang in here with me. First and foremost, this is not a political book. Seriously. And if you let yourself be put off by the author, you are missing out. I checked this book out from the library over Christmas. When my parents came to visit, my Dad, with whom I share very little political ground, saw the book on the coffee table. I'll put some words in his mouth here, but I am sure he picked it up thinking, "What kind of BS right wing crap is my daughter reading now. Glenn Beck! For the love of all that is good and holy."
But he gave it a chance.
By the time I came downstairs that day, he had read several of the stories and was eager to discuss them. Honestly, I really didn't get a chance to finish reading the book until they went home because everyone was reading it.
Some of the tales are inspiring, some are tragic. But all are compelling. If you are looking for a great book, Miracles and Massacres fits the bill.