The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family - Annette Gordon-Reed

The Hemingeses of Monticello; An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a very long time. Gordon-Reed goes into incredible detail about this large family and if you're not in a hurry that's all the more reason to love it. I learned so many interesting facts about Jefferson and the norms of the late 1700s, Jefferson's time in Paris, his destructive appetite for acquiring things, and how he became one of the largest slave owners in Virginia in his time. While much of the book is dedicated to Sally Hemings, this book is about the entire Hemings family and includes many rather fascinating stories. The Jefferson and the Hemings’ families were very much intertwined and you really come to know these people who all lived at Monticello for generations until Jefferson's death. I think Annette Gordon-Reed has written a true masterpiece.

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ISBN: 9780393337761
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2009

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion - Sara Miles

As a devout atheist, something happened to Sara Miles when she wandered into St. Gregory Episcopal Church in San Francisco and took part in her first communion. The bread and the wine transformed her and she begin learning about what it meant to “become the bread.” Having fed people as a kitchen worker and cook, she took the "feed my sheep" commandment literally and translated it into a food pantry at St. Gregory's, even challenging the priests’ ideas of what it means to be a Christian. Take This Bread is an inspiring story told from an unlikely follower.

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ISBN: 9780345495792
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 5th, 2008

The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University - Kevin Roose

The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose was a much better read then I was expecting. Kevin was a kid (only 19 when he started writing the book) when he transfered from Brown University to Liberty University, headed by Jerry Fallwell, to get an undercover look at the evangelical movement at one of the most conservative colleges in the country. It is a surprisingly balanced look at the people, beliefs, community, and teachings that take place at Liberty. And the writing is very good for one so young. I highly recommend for an enjoyable and informative read. 

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ISBN: 9780446178433
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 3rd, 2010