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Beyond Words by Carl Safina
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Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Girls Like Us
by Gail Giles (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2015
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A great YA book that could appeal to adult readers as well. The two narrators of this novel are recently graduated, cognitively disabled women. They are "heart orphans," in the words of one of the characters, neither of them feeling loved or valued. ...more
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Lullabies by Lang Leav
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Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee in Best Poetry
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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The Color of Water by James McBride
"Another great book club choice... i am still learning so much about our world. This book taught me so much about racial identity and struggle, religion and spirituality and the love of a mother who had the courage to live every day transformed fro..." Read more of this review »
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" A complicated coming of age novel that focuses on two teen boys, one an American teenager and the second a foster refugee from the Middle East. Smith ...more "
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Firefly July A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Challenger Deep
by Neal Shusterman (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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It's difficult to properly describe this YA novel. It is both realistic, horrific, fantastical, and very moving. It's a novel about mental illness. The main character is a high school student whose increasingly erratic behavior becomes a grave concer ...more
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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
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Leo Buscaglia
“Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?”
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E.B. White
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E.B. White

Emma Donoghue
“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

Mary Karr
“If you live in the dark a long time and the sun comes out, you do not cross into it whistling. There's an initial uprush of relief at first, then-for me, anyway- a profound dislocation. My old assumptions about how the world works are buried, yet my new ones aren't yet operational.There's been a death of sorts, but without a few days in hell, no resurrection is possible.”
Mary Karr, Lit

“Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.”
Mary Schmich

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2011 Reading Challenge
Mary has completed her goal of reading 75 books for the 2011 Reading Challenge!
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