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L'homme qui m'offrait le ciel by Calixthe Beyala
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Après avoir lu ce livre, j'ai appris que c'est une espèce de roman à clef. Ça explique pourquoi il n'y a pas de structure, peu de développement des personnages, mais tant de clichés, dans ce livre. Irritant.
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Invisible Romans by Robert Knapp
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Robert Knapp focuses in this book on the non-elite, "invisible" Romans—the vast majority of the Roman population who lived and died without leaving much of a trace on the historical record. Knapp uses a variety of different records—inscriptions, graf ...more
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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
"Memoir. In this book, while talking about the process of writing this book, Poehler says that the doing is the thing. Talking about the thing is not the thing.

Poehler's at her best when she's being honest, writing about her family and what it was..." Read more of this review »
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Medieval Life by Roberta Gilchrist
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Roberta Gilchrist's goal is to promote a new form of archaeological analysis, one which takes the "life course" as its interpretive lens. In other words, she examines the life cycle(s) of medieval people—encompassing both the periods before birth and ...more
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The Black Count by Tom Reiss
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This is a very solid biography, which at once shows how much historians can recover about those who have been overlooked by history, and how much we will never be able to recover. The subject of Reiss' book is Alexandre Dumas—not the novelist, but hi ...more
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Memory and Gender in Medieval Europe, 900-1200 by Elisabeth van Houts
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This slim, useful book looks at how gender and familial networks could shape the preservation of memory in the High Middle Ages. Elisabeth Van Houts argues that though women wrote texts less often than men did, they still helped to shape the collecti ...more
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it's useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own hair, or what have you, and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of pouch or bag, a container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it or store it up for winter in a solider container or put it in the medicine bundle or the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred, and then the next day you probably do much the same again—if to do that is human, if that's what it takes, then I am a human being after all. Fully, freely, gladly, for the first time....

[T]he proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag. A book holds words. Words hold things. They bear meanings. A novel is a medicine bundle, holding things in a particular, powerful relation to one another and to us."

—"The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places

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