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My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick Cook is a fascinating first-hand account of Cook's claim to have beaten Peary to the North Pole.

Joe Diamanti, West Bend, Wis.

What Is The What by Dave Eggers is about a Sudanese refugee caught up in civil war there. He was one of the so-called "lost boys" who had to walk thousands of miles through all kinds of dangers to reach relative safety in Kenya. It's a real eye-opener to the sad state of affairs in Africa, a place that seems ignored by large parts of the world.

John Evans, San Diego

In 1930, Irène Némirovsky, a Jewish immigrant living in France, wrote David Golder when she was 26 years old. Her mature insight about the life of a wealthy Jew who deals in gold and oil in the world market creates a character whose life is filled with mistrust and betrayal. As Golder prepares to die, the reader begins to see more deeply into his soul. This is a gem of a book!– Dianne Aisenbrey, Red Wing, Minn.

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