What are the best books recommended by the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle?

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    #1Tuesdays With Morrie

    Tuesdays With Morrie
    Tuesdays With Morrie is a bestselling memoir by American author Mitch Albom, first published in 1997. It tells the story of the author's relationship with a former college professor, who taught him important life lessons.
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    Sean Gomez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "something everyone needs to read about life lessons"
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    #2Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
    Founding Brothers follows the lives of six men—Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and Adams—through ideological struggle and their staunch fight for democracy 
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    Jose Harris
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. I was never much of a history buff in school but when I saw this book I decided to give it a look. Now that I am more interested in politics, I really enjoyed learning more about our founding fathers...or brothers as the case may be. I think everyone should read this book as it is also recommended by the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle."
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    #3Aeneid

    Aeneid

    Aeneid is an epic poem written by the well-known Roman poet, Virgil. Believed to be published between 29 and 19 BC, it tells the story of a Trojan named Aeneas, the ancestor of the Romans.

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    Pranav Patel
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I looked at the list that was recommended by the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle and decided to give Aeneid a try. I really love this poem since it tales a story that I fell in love with."
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    #4The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in a totalitarian theocracy that has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in such as individualism and independence.

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    Ishan Sharma
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #5Year of Wonders

    Year of Wonders

    Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague is a historical fiction novel written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. It was first published in 2001 by Penguin Books.

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    Jacob Lane
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This was an interesting story about an episode in history I wasn’t familiar with—an outbreak of plague in a Derbyshire village in 1665. A young serving woman, Anna Frith, takes in a lodger—a tailor from London—who soon dies of plague, and before long villagers are dying right and left. The village rector and a nearby nobleman decide that the village must be cut off from the wider neighborhood, with the nobleman delivering food and supplies to the sufferers so that they will not leave and risk spreading the contagion to the countryside. A flash-forward at the beginning tells us more than we perhaps needed to know of the outcome; not sure it was wise to frame the story in this fashion. As the disease works its way through the villagers, the vagaries of human nature drive the action, making the experience of the characters both more and less traumatic. 4 stars."
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    #6Black Hawk Down

    Black Hawk Down

    In 1993 a firefight in Mogadishu (Somalia) resulted in deaths of 18 American soldiers and more than 500 Somali civils and militaries. This book is a searing portrait of the warfare of Somalia that examines this disastrous raid. 

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    Roy Fernandez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Just a fun book to read! And he really gets us up very close to Larry, how he was as he grew up, how things came gradually to be. Bowden is a great writer and it shows he does his homework, just making it all more fascinating, and a build up of plot the way he weaves it into the story. Larry was a very interesting person, sort of a very pro social and people pleasing...psychopath, maybe, I thought? Or at least a brilliant man with toned down emotions, and a dread of boredom, which is what a psychopath actually is, as I understand it. I enjoyed this book so much that I gave a copy to my elderly mom, and now she has a total crush on Larry, I could just tell as she called later after she read the book. It was all his parent's fault, he never had consequences poor thing (oh, but he did!). He sounds like, in his own way, a really great person, who cheerfully went down the wrong path. I really love Mark Bowden books, my other favorite is the one on Pablo Escobar."
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    #7One Hundred Names for Love

    One Hundred Names for Love

    One Hundred Names for Love is a memoir written by Diane Ackerman, first published in 2011. It tells the story of the writer's husband, Paul West, and the hit their marriage took because of her husband's stroke.
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    Félix Molina
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I read most of this book and it was definitely pretty sad. However, I got kind of bored 3/4 way through and never managed to finish."
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    #8Someone Knows My Name

    Someone Knows My Name

    Someone Knows My Name is a historical fiction novel written by Lawrence Hill, first published in 2007 by W.W. Norton & Company. It tells the story of a woman named Aminata Diallo, who was kidnapped and sold to slavery.
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    Joshua Howard
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Somone Knows My Name is a novel written about a woman who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. It's an intimate look at the slave trade from the perspective of one of the people who was there. Amazingly well told."
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    #9The Warmth of Other Suns

    The Warmth of Other Suns
    The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration is a multi-awarded non-fiction history book written by Isabel Wilkerson. It was first published in 2010 by Random House. 
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    Arnav Kadam
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "historical fiction story at its best. This tell a story of one of the great migration that shapes the landscape of America today."
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    #10The Art of Fielding

    The Art of Fielding
    The Art of Fielding is a sports novel by Chad Harbach, first published in 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. it tells the story of Henry Skrimshander, a college varsity baseball player destined for great things.
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    Marina Olvera
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is such an unrealistic storyline. The characters were very skewed; I doubt there are people acting like these characters in the book."

Summary

Best What are the best books recommended by the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tuesdays With MorrieBooks 44 Paid
2Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary GenerationBooks 41 Paid
3AeneidBooks 39 Paid
4The Handmaid's TaleBooks 36 Paid
5Year of WondersBooks 34 Paid
6Black Hawk DownBooks 33 Paid
7One Hundred Names for LoveBooks 31 Paid
8Someone Knows My NameBooks 29 Paid
9The Warmth of Other SunsBooks 27 Paid
10The Art of FieldingBooks 27 Paid
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