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The Accidental Law Librarian by Anthony Aycoch
Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks
Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Birds of a Feather by Francisco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais
The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey
Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains by P.I. Maltbie
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters
A Dog's Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Dogma of Cats for Kids by Debra Snyder
Drive by Andrew Bush
Everything but the Horse by Holly Hobbie
Firestorm by Nevada Barr
The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey
For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco
Fuddles by Frans Vischer
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea
A King's Ransom by Jude Watson
Lettice the Flying Rabbit by Mandy Stanley
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty
The Power of Thinking Differently by Javy W. Galindo
Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 by Gail Carriger
Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
Wind Song by Carl Sandburg

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8




The Many Faces of George Washington: 12/14/13

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The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty is more literal than figurative. It opens with the observation that many people might only know Washington from his portrait on the dollar bill (or the quarter) and therefore not know the real Washington. From there, though, it's more a history of the making of three Washington mannequins for Mount Vernon.

The three ages picked for the project were 19, 43, and 57. McClafferty describes the challenges each age presented and the research that had to be done to make the models. These contextual pieces, though, are all focused around those specific ages.

As Washington's dentures are about as well known as he is (meaning, mis-remembered), there's a heavy amount of discussion on his actual dentures. There are notes on how the were made, how uncomfortable they probably were to wear and how his deteriorating jaw affected his appearance.

Thus the book is more about the recreation of history for education than it is about the historical figure in question. It's not a stand alone book. It needs to read in conjunction with more thorough books about George Washington and his presidency.

Three stars

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