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The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
read in April, 2016
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Though not brilliant, this book is plain fun. Something like an early inspiration for a Marx brothers movie. Some believe this was Shakespeare's debut comedy. If so, this kid's really going places.
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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
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Stories about abject poverty can make your stomach churn (How could they live like that?). They can evoke condescending pity (What did they do to deserve this?). They can spark liberal guilt (Why them and not me?)

McCourt's memoir deftly avoids all th
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Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
read in April, 2016
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In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, I am digging into some of his works in the hope that I might gain a better appreciation for the poetic beauty of his verse as well as the intricate plot development and resolution.

Macbeth is a
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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
read in April, 2016
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Often described as the "quintessential novel of the Lost Generation," the book certainly lives up to its billing. The characters are lost in cynicism and despair. They respond by becoming lost in a drunken stupor. There is a slight hint that some (at ...more
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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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Ten Things to Remember about Winn-Dixie:

1. It is as melodious as a song from Otis' guitar.
2. It is as gentle as the preacher praying for a mouse.
3. It is as melancholy as a Litmus Lozenge.
4. You can read it to children of all ages.
5. It is sad and sw
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Prayer by Timothy Keller
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Keller approaches the subject of prayer from a wide variety of angles. Biblical. Psychological. Historical. Sociological. Experiential. Communal. And much more. Mixing together all these ingredients, he simmers them together with a large dose of fait ...more
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
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Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Reservation Blues
by Sherman Alexie
read in March, 2016
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Chorus: Oh Reservation Blues,
Oh Reservation Blues,
To whom shall I compare you.

With your narrative flow
With your lyrical prose
With your brown-skinned nose
Of a story-teller's pose.

Repeat Chorus

You are the song that dreams are made of.
You are the dream
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Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill
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It took me 5 hours to read this play and 13 hours to get out of bed after it.

O'Neill masterfully depicts the Tyrone family -- who have found a way to function in the face of brokenness and long-held regrets, mostly by drowning their sorrows in subst
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“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
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