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Heretic by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Passing by Nella Larsen
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Passing by Nella Larsen
"I don't think this novella is as strong as Larsen's other work, Quicksand, but it is a fascinating glimpse into the "intelligentsia" of 1920s Harlem. It's hardly more than a short story in length, but Larsen manages to create a memorable portrait..." Read more of this review »
The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter
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The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter
"While most remember Julia Ward Howe as the writer of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, she was a noted poet and lecturer before and after this. She broke the glass ceiling in Boston's literary circles despite being undermined by her husband and by th..." Read more of this review »
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Chasing the American Dream by Mark Robert Rank
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Very recently, a letter to the editor of my town's newspaper included the lines: " Anyone can succeed in the United States. Believe in yourself, clean yourself up, get an education, try as hard as you can, start at the bottom rung, work your way up. ...more
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Spain in Our Hearts by Adam Hochschild
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I read this book purely based on the author's reputation, having read some of his other books. I didn't think I really had any interest in the Spanish Civil War, but I knew this author could take any topic and draw me in. I was not disappointed. Mr. ...more
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
"The Hundred Dresses is Eleanor Estes' 1945 Newberry Award Winning classic geared toward middle grade readers. The book is still relevant these 70 years later because it touches on important concepts like bullying, peer pressure, and racial discrim..." Read more of this review »
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Eleanor Brown
“She remembered one of her boyfriends asking, offhandedly, how many books she read in a year. "A few hundred," she said.
"How do you have the time?" he asked, gobsmacked.
She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flipping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer and engaging in dick-swinging contests with the other financirati? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in reflective surfaces? I am reading!
"I don't know," she said, shrugging.”
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C.S. Lewis
“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
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Barbara W. Tuchman
“Books are the carriers of civilization...They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
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George Bernard Shaw
“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
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Ann Patchett
“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”
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