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The Olive Tree by Elsa Marston
The Olive Tree
by Elsa Marston
read in January, 2015
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The Olive Tree by Elsa Marston tells the story of an olive tree that divides families. It stands in the yard of a family in the Middle East who has fled during the war, but its olives fall into the yard of the neighbor next door. When the olive tree ...more
The Promise by Nicola Davies
The Promise
by Nicola Davies
read in January, 2015
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The Promise by Nicola Davies features trees, this time in the role of agents of redemption. A young girl in a gray and desperate city steals the purse of an old woman. The old woman gives up her purse after making the girl promise to "plant them all. ...more
Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lumbard
Pine and the Winter Sparrow
by Alexis York Lumbard (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Alexis York Lumbard retells an old Native American legend in Pine and Winter Sparrow. Sparrow is hurt and cannot fly off with his family for the winter. He tries to find shelter in an oak tree, a maple tree, an elm tree, an aspen tree, but all of the ...more
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
read in January, 2015
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It’s a regular little town in the US a hundred years ago. It’s an extraordinary little town in the US a hundred years ago. It’s very ordinariness makes it extraordinary. As is, Wilder hints, all life. To walk. To talk. To eat. To drink. And, perhaps ...more
True Grit by Charles Portis
True Grit
by Charles Portis
read in January, 2015
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How long have people been recommending True Grit to me? How many times have I seen it on Must-Read lists and how many times have I passed it up, not eager to read what I anticipated would be a shoot-’em-up story?

Listen to me: You want to read this st
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The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt   McCarthy
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Nervously I approached this book. How many times have I been burned by my anticipated hopes for a memoir by someone with an intriguing point of view who turns out to have few storytelling skills?

Eagerly, let me assure you, Matt McCarthy can write. W
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Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill
read in January, 2015
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(To start: There’s something disconcerting about reading a grownup book by an author you considered a children’s picture book author. Where, for example, are the pictures? And she knows (and uses) those words? Who knew?)

Once I got past that, I settle
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Rumpelstiltskin and Other Grimm Tales by Carol Ann Duffy
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Carol Ann Duffy tells fairy tales like they are. No abridgements for her. No watered down stories. No scary parts omitted. It's the real deal.

Fairy tales full of everything you want in a fairy tale - danger, bad guys/good guys, fear, trepidation, an
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Turn South at the Second Bridge by Leon Hale
Turn South at the Second Bridge
by Leon Hale
read in January, 2015
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I love Leon Hale. I do. I really do. He knows people. In fact, he knows my people. That's who he interviews. People I wish I had met in my life. These are real people, too. Not namby-pamby folks, but people who have definite ideas about the world and ...more
Lives of the Novelists by John Sutherland
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The title makes this book unapproachable. At 818 pages, its length makes this book unapproachable.

Don’t let these things stop you from reading this book. It has to be the most readable book about authors I’ve ever read. You are certain to find some o
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“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Mark Twain

Robert M. Pirsig
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Emily Dickinson
“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”
Emily Dickinson, Selected Letters

Madeleine L'Engle
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L'Engle

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

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