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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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I sit here in absolute awe. This book has shaken me to the core. It made me feel feelings that I never wanted to feel. It made me face life-altering brutality with open eyes. I question what makes life worth living--for each of us. It is written with ...more
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
read in January, 2016
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This memoir was pretty darn amazing. Thanks to his background in literature and philosophy, Paul Kalanithi brings a unique perspective to the practice of medicine. "Before operating on a patient's brain, I realized I must first understand his mind: h ...more
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What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
What She Knew
by Gilly Macmillan
read in January, 2016
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This debut by Macmillan is a page turner for sure. She takes the story of an 8 year old's abduction and adds a twist. It is told by both the single mother and the lead investigator. The alternating voices added depth to the telling. DI Jim Clemens, w ...more
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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
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My first book of the new year was a winner. A debut by an English writer that made me remember why I love to read. Not, IMHO, a masterpiece of literary fiction, but just a darn good read. Alex Woods is proof that strange things do happen----meteorite ...more
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
read in December, 2015
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I am deeply moved by Ta-Nehisi Coates's words. More than any other author, he allowed me to see inside a black father's world. His 15 year old son is lucky to have his father's words to guide him. These words are not whitewashed or politically correc ...more
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The point of this language of “intention” and “personal responsibility” is broad exoneration. Mistakes were made. Bodies were broken. People were enslaved. We meant well. We tried our best. “Good intention” is a hall pass through history, a sleeping pill that ensures the Dream.”
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Dear Leader by Jang Jin-sung
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North Korea is a train wreck that I can't stop reading about. I keep hoping that the accounts I read are exaggerated and North Korea isn't so incredibly corrupt and evil. I now believe it is---with all of its invented history and idiotic protocols. T ...more
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Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The point of this language of “intention” and “personal responsibility” is broad exoneration. Mistakes were made. Bodies were broken. People were enslaved. We meant well. We tried our best. “Good intention” is a hall pass through history, a sleeping pill that ensures the Dream.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Martin Luther King Jr.
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

John Williams
“He had come to that moment in his age when there occurred to him, with increasing intensity, a question of such overwhelming simplicity that he had no means to face it. He found himself wondering if his life were worth the living; if it had ever been. It was a question, he suspected, that came to all men at one time or another; he wondered if it came to them with such impersonal force as it came to him. The question brought with it a sadness, but it was a general sadness which (he thought) had little to do with himself or with his particular fate; he was not even sure that the question sprang from the most immediate and obvious causes, from what his own life had become. It came, he believed, from the accretion of his years, from the density of accident and circumstance, and from what he had come to understand of them. He took a grim and ironic pleasure from the possibility that what little learning he had managed to acquire had led him to this knowledge: that in the long run all things, even the learning that let him know this, were futile and empty, and at last diminished into a nothingness they did not alter.”
John Williams, Stoner

Elie Wiesel
“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”
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