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Native Believer by Ali Eteraz
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
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A family adopts a gorilla and raises it as a family member along with their two children: an older boy and a girl the same age as the gorilla. When the father decides to send the gorilla away about age five, the longing for her upsets the life of bot ...more
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Invisible by Philip Ball
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I began reading this book from the library but needed a longer time to digest it so I bought a copy and I am glad because it is very dense and requires careful reading. The author, a Brit, understands all aspects of things that are invisible--their h ...more
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The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street Free Preview (The First... by Susan Jane Gilman
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This book features one of the most compelling protagonists--she is a nasty, scheming lady who is also a wonderful businesswoman. She transforms herself from the Jewish-Russian Malka to the Italian-American Catholic Lillian and becomes a successful ic ...more
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No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
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No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
" This was one of the more quirky books in that it felt as though Issac Bashevis Singer were writing magical realism from a feminist viewpoint. Ausubel ...more "
Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery
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Emma Gatewood walked the 2,000+ miles of the Appalachian Trail as a thru-hiker in 1955, the first for a woman. And then did it two more times because she wanted to. She then hiked the entire O..." Read more of this review »
Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery
"A gentle and nearly perfect tracing of steps of a determined woman who was among the first to simply walk the Appalachian Trail from one end to the other, in the middle of the 20th century, when she was 67 years old. It's also a book about the emo..." Read more of this review »
Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
"This is a wonderful book. I've read it twice and it impressed me in different ways each time. The story is about an upper middle-class man in a happy marriage with kids he loves. But when his parents are killed in a car accident, he begins to doub..." Read more of this review »
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
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Bohumil Hrabal
“My education has been so unwitting I can't quite tell which of my thoughts come from me and which from my books, but that's how I've stayed attuned to myself and the world around me for the past thirty-five years. Because when I read, I don't really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel.”
Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude

Mortimer J. Adler
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
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Frederick Douglass
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

Jennifer Egan
“I know I'm famous and irresitible - a combination whose properties closely resemble radioactivity - and I know that you in this room are helpless against me.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

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