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The Young Elites by Marie Lu
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The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
The Rapture of Canaan
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Slavery by Stanley Elkins
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Diffusion of Innovations by Everett M. Rogers
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Quiet by Susan Cain
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Explains physiological, genetic and psychological causes of an introvert personality. Lot of self-help on getting along with extroverts and how to turn introvert characteristics into assets in an extrovert dominated culture.
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A Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutiérrez
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Too specialized for me. With help from theologian friend Donna Teachau I have beginners understanding of the book. The concept is important. I would love to see this idea explored in a book for the general public.
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Your God is Too Small by J.B. Phillips
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Walker Percy
“You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.
-Walker Percy”
Walker Percy

Walker Percy
“Why do people often feel bad in good environments and good in bad environments? Why did Mother Teresta think that affluent Westerners often seemed poorer than the Calcutta poor, the poorest of the poor?
The paradox comes to pass because the impoverishments and enrichments of a self in a world are not necessarily the same as the impoverishments and enrichments of an organism in an environment.
The organism is needy or not needy accordingly as needs are satisfied or not satisfied by its environment.
The self in a world is rich or poor accordingly as it succeeds in identifying its otherwise unspeakable self, e.g., mythically, by identifying itself with a world-sign, such as a totem; religiously, by identifying itself as a creature of God...In a post-religious age, the only recourses of the self are self as transcendent and self as immanent.
The impoverishment of the immanent self derives from a perceived loss of sovereignty to "them," the transcending scientists and experts of society. As a consequence, the self sees its only recourse as an endless round of work, diversion, and consumption of goods and services. Failing this and having some inkling of its plight, it sees no way out because it has come to see itself as an organism in an environment and so can't understand why it feels so bad in the best of all possible environments--say, a good family and a good home in a good neighborhood in East Orange on a fine Wednesday afternoon--and so finds itself secretly relishing bad news, assassinations, plane crashes, and the misfortunes of neighbors, and even comes secretly to hope for catastrophe, earthquake, hurricane, wars, apocalypse--anything to break out of the iron grip of immanence.”
Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Kurt Vonnegut
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Walker Percy
“School - You can get all A's and still flunk life.”
Walker Percy

Walker Percy
“Suppose you ask God for a miracle and God says yes, very well. How do you live the rest of your life?”
Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins

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This book club reads literature by or about African Americans and the African Diaspora in all genres: including fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance...more
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