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The results are in! These books received the highest "Five-Spec" ratings from book club submissions:

City of Refuge: A Novel by Tom Piazza

Submitted by the West Regional Book Discussion of Luling LA
In the heat of late summer, two New Orleans families -- one black, one white -- confront a storm that will change the course of their lives. When news comes of a gathering hurricane, named Katrina, the two families make very different plans to weather the storm. One joins the long evacuation convoy north, while the other boards up his windows and waits it out. Selected for the "One Book, One New Orleans" reading program, City of Refuge is a panoramic novel of family and community, trial and resilience, told with passion, wisdom, and a deep understanding of American life in our time.

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Submitted by MPBC of Lawrence KS
After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced unbelievable hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

Submitted by Read and Feed Book Club of Overland Park KS

In 1993, a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitant's kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools - especially for girls - in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.

What is the What by Dave Eggers

Submitted by MPBC of Lawrence KS
A novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. When he finally resettles in the United States, he finds a life full of promise, but also heartache and myriad new challenges.


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