One of the best biographies I have ever read was "Another Man's War: The True Story of One Man's Battle to Save Children in the Sudan," by Sam Childers, aka the machine gun preacher. It painted the image of Childers fighting for orphans in Sudan, and also gave lots of background on his life before he started this mission. I highly recommend it.
— Natalia Lee, Hammond, Ind.
In 6th grade, I read "Gandhi: Peaceful Fighter," by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery. I was floored by Gandhi's ethics, choices and chosen path. What I find especially neat is that the same book is in the school library where I am librarian.
— Amy Lillis, East Moline
I loved "The Rules of Inheritance" by Claire Bidwell Smith. It's a heart-pounding journey through grief from a girl who loses both parents to cancer. It's brutally honest and sad, yet still uplifting. It resonates with anyone who's lost someone.
— Greg Boose, Santa Monica, Calif.
"Samurai Widow" by Judith Jacklin Belushi is a wrenching account of Judith surviving the death of her husband, John Belushi, who was her high school sweetheart. She details the guilt and anger of not being able to save him, and discusses her path towards learning to live again.
— Chrisa Hickey, Barrington
"Jim Reeves: His Untold Story: The Life & Times of Country Music's Greatest Singer," by Larry Jordan, contains an almost day-by-day account of the late singer's extraordinary personal life, career and tragic death. It's a book of in-depth reporting and personal recollections.
— Sara Jordan, Iowa City, Iowa
In "Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter," author Randy Schmidt pulled back the curtain to reveal candid details about this star's complex life.
— Mark Allen, Evanston
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