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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss
read in April, 2014
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A work of art that blends and shades as it reveals the stories behind the story.

Krauss has written three separate stories about three separate, yet related, families and woven them into a mystery that 15-year-old Alma Singer is drawn to solve.

In one
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Letters and Life by Bret Lott
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Quiet by Susan Cain
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Had me nodding my head in agreement.

Reading Susan Cain's book introduced me to the word "ambivert" and made me proud to claim the side of my personality that leans toward introvert. Cain is a lawyer-turned-writer who decided to leave a 10-year-old ca
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Child of the Jungle by Sabine Kuegler
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An intriguing look at a childhood spent in the jungle and the challenges of adapting to "the modern world" as a teenager.

From ages 7 to 17 (1980 to 1997), Sabine Kuegler grew up in The Lost Valley, that of the Fayu tribe of West Papua, Indonesia (no
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Dear Octopus by Dodie Smith
Dear Octopus (Acting Edition)
by Dodie Smith
read in February, 2013
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Dialogue and family interactions are as true today as they were when this play was written (1938).

I’ve skimmed scripts of the plays and musicals my kids have performed in, but I’ve never been onstage so have never truly read a play. Until this month,
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A Stop in the Park by Peggy Morehouse Strack
A Stop in the Park
by Peggy Morehouse Strack (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2013
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Michael and Jamie Stolis are living the American dream but have become frustrated about job expectations and family commitments, and with each other. A Stop in the Park, by first-time novelist Peggy Panagopoulos Strack, follows this husband-wife rela ...more
Magical Journey by Katrina Kenison
Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment
by Katrina Kenison (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2013
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A perfect read for me, at this point in my life.

Katrina Kenison writes about the year she spent discovering who she is, now that her sons, and therefore, her day-to-day mothering responsibilities, have left home. Her journey takes her through the de
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Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott
Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
by Anne Lamott (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2013
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A simple reminder about the importance of ALL kinds of prayer -- as we sometimes focus on "help" and neglect "thanks" and "wow."

I listened to this book to get the full effect of Anne's words. I've always thought she's a delight to read, but her words
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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Heart-wrenching to read but difficult to put down.

In this book of narrative nonfiction, Katherine Boo exposes readers to the harsh life of the residents of Annawadi, a slum that lies just outside the luxury hotels near the Mumbai International Airpor
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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin
read in October, 2012
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An honest re-telling and documentation of our nation's civil rights movement.

As unbelievable as it sounds--especially for 1959--white novelist John Howard Griffin darkened his skin so he could fully experience life as a black man in the deeply-segreg
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