The New Trail of Tears by Naomi Schaefer Riley

The New Trail of Tears is an important and yet depressing book. It details the myriad problems besetting American Indians today. These include: a lack of economic opportunity, massive dysfunction and family breakdown and tribal and Washington leaders unwilling to face the reality or do anything about it except propose more money and more government (neither of which has worked). Naomi Schaefer Riley details the plight of the American Indian by highlighting the structural, legal, economic, and...

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The Traitor’s Story by Kevin Wignall

An intelligent espionage thriller that explores the complex nature of loyalty, patriotism and love amongst other things. Although, it is not really a typical thriller until the later part of the book. But at the heart of the story is the challenge and impact of secrets which grows out of espionage and an attempt to escape from it.

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The Wander Society by Keri Smith

The willingness to wander and explore; to seek out new and unexpected things is worth cultivating. And Smith does a great job of laying out a way to do so wrapped in a mystery and infused with visual and literary stimulation and/or motivation. And the beauty of a book like this is you can take what you want from it and leave the rest behind.

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In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall

It turned out to be a simple but engaging story about a boy struggling with his heritage and how to fit in but also a short history of the life of Crazy Horse. It is basically a history lesson on Crazy Horse based on the oral history of his people but in the form of a story told by a grandfather on a road trip with his grandson. The fitting in part is just a hook to get the story started.

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