Martha M's Book Reviews

Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl who Soared Beyond Expectations

Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl who Soared Beyond Expectations

Aisholpan Nurgaiv’s triumph as the first female winner of the  Mongolian eagle hunting  competition in 2014 is shared with the world in an award winning movie called Eagle Huntress in 2016. Now she gets to tell her own story in her own words in this book! Aisholpan speaks in a simple yet powerful way. She […]


The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile

Riveting historical drama told by one of our nonfiction masters! Larson selected the first year (May 1940 – May 1941) of Churchill’s residence at 10 Downing Street to share in great detail his leadership and life as he set up the plan for winning WWII. Shows how critical brilliant leadership at the top is during […]


The Game of Birds and Wolves

The Game of Birds and Wolves

Wonderful WW2 story of the Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) and the retired Naval officer who led them to create a game that gave Britain the chance to reverse course and begin winning the Battle of the Atlantic! Full of thrilling naval battles and many fascinating details of some amazing women’s lives! After France fell […]


All You Can Ever Know

All You Can Ever Know

Nicole Chung tells a beautiful story of the mystery of her birth and adoption simply and with deeply considered truth. Trans-racial adoption was both a great gift and also a burden for her. Terrific writing. (Ms. Chung is a magazine editor by day.) I especially loved her description of motherhood and birth preparation and how […]


Pride of Eden

Pride of Eden

Eden is a wildlife sanctuary on the Georgia coast run by Anse Caulfield, an ex-jockey and Vietnam war veteran who uses all his military skills to save animals being mistreated in roadside attractions or private cages.  Malaya, a young Filipino-American, Iraqi War veteran, fresh from a gig hunting poachers in Africa, saves herself from PTSD […]


The Good Hawk

The Good Hawk

Thrilling debut novel of mythic, fantasy Scotland in the time of the Vikings that includes two very unlikely kids as the protagonists and heroes. Fierce, courageous Agatha is a Hawk, a watcher on the isle of Skye, born with a Down’s Syndrome- like condition. Timid, self-doubting Jaime is an Angler, but hates the sea. Both […]


How Not to Diet: the Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

How Not to Diet: the Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

If you are worn out trying to make sense of the dueling advice one gets about weight loss, each with a charismatic spokesperson, this might be your book. Dr. Michael Gregor, MD., FACLM, only writes about new and existing findings with multiple, double blind, placebo controlled studies behind it. Dr. Gregor set out to find […]


Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

A hopeful book about climate change: Bren Smith is a former fisherman and a failed (because of Hurricane Sandy) oysterman who invented a new kind of living from the sea, restorative ocean farmer. His crop of kelp and bivalves growing on ropes suspended in the water requires no inputs; it simultaneously draws down carbon, filters […]


Johnny’s Pheasant

Johnny’s Pheasant

Gorgeous picture book about that moment of contact with wildness that changes us and makes us stewards of the land. Celebrate Johnny’s epiphany and then go have your own. Bendigen (Come in) to the Ojibwe world of this book.  


Grobblechops A Tale by Rumi

Grobblechops A Tale by Rumi

Wow! A young boy named Amir is afraid to go to bed. Not an auspicious start to a picture book — it is an overdone trope. But then this book takes off! Amir’s dad goes with Amir’s fears and begins to assure him that Amir is more frightening than the monster. Then as Amir escalates […]


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