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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2016
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Capturing a piece of American history that is often overlooked, Kline has created a story that explores the migration of thousands of abandoned and orphaned children from New York to the Midwest. Molly, a Native American teen, who has been in the soc ...more
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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
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Fannie Flagg writes books that are just delightful to read. She's funny and serious and her characters are lovable. In this book Flagg relates the story of a family struggling to succeed through the depression and then through the war. The girls in t ...more
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Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel
Pierced by the Sun
by Laura Esquivel
read in August, 2016
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Laura Esquivel mixes mythology and reality to create a compelling story of the devastation of Mexico from the drug cartels. Lupita's life mirrors the destruction of the Mexican culture as she struggles with alcohol and drugs. During her worst time of ...more
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Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo
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There have been several postings on Facebook lately about Irena Sendler and her work rescuing Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. This biography discusses her family and the influences that contributed to her selfless work to save the lives of ot ...more
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The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
The Bonesetter's Daughter
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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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I really enjoyed this book. The story of Joe Rantz and the other members of the 1936 University of Washington rowing team is engaging and inspirational. The author focuses on Joe's life as he overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles from early ch ...more
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The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout
read in April, 2016
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I really like Elizabeth Strout's writing and the way she defines her characters. This story explores complex family relationships, how the past can define what a person becomes, and how family dynamics are controlled by expectations. Strout explores ...more
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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
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I decide to read this after reading a review of the movie which identified Toibin as being one of the best contemporary Irish authors. The book is simply written and very beautiful. Young Eilis emigrates to the United States after her father dies and ...more
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Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
Nora Webster
by Colm Tóibín
read in May, 2016
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I picked up this book in a discount store after having read Brooklyn and seeing the movie. I liked this even better than Brooklyn. Toibin writes a deeply moving portrayal of a middle-aged woman with four children coming to terms with the loss of her ...more
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Martin Luther King Jr.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Virginia Woolf
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Dr. Seuss
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Ann Patchett
“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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