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The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover
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The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover
"Linda Grover is not only a fantastic novelist but a fantastic person, I must say. In any case, this novel was so close to home it nearly broke my heart. Such beautiful language and such piercing descriptions of people that I feel like I know, not..." Read more of this review »
The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover
"I really enjoyed The Road Back to Sweetgrass -- set in Northern Minnesota, it takes its three Ojibwe characters from the early 1970s to present day, from Chicago to the Mozhay Point Reservation and a special piece of land (which the title of the b..." Read more of this review »
The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover
"As she did in The Dance Boots, Linda LeGarde Grover brings us into the bosom of Native American culture through her poetic prose. A well done novel that, in subtle ways, tackles some very weighty issues.
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Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins - is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred's a subset of self pity and not the other way around - ' It destroys everything around it, except itself '.

Self pity will destroy relationships, it'll destroy anything that's good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it's so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be happier if only this, that one is unlucky. All those things. And some of them may well even be true. But, to pity oneself as a result of them is to do oneself an enormous dis
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The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
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" Gangster: (1) A member of an organized group of criminals; (2) A member of a gang of delinquents. This book includes a lot of obvious gangster movies- ...more"
101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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Rachel Carson
“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Isaac Asimov
“How to enforce peace? Not by reason, certainly, nor by education.
If a man could not look at the fact of peace and the fact of war and choose the former in preference to the latter, what additional argument could persuade him? What could be more eloquent as a condemnation of war that war itself?”
Isaac Asimov, The Currents of Space

Honoré de Balzac
“Have you ever plunged into the immensity of space and time by reading the geological treatises of Cuvier? Borne away on the wings of his genius, have you hovered over the illimitable abyss of the past as if a magician's hand were holding you aloft? As one penetrates from seam to seam, from stratum to stratum and discovers, under the quarries of Montmartre or in the schists of the Urals, those animals whose fossilized remains belong to antediluvian civilizations, the mind is startled to catch a vista of the milliards of years and the millions of peoples which the feeble memory of man and an indestructible divine tradition have forgotten and whose ashes heaped on the surface of our globe, form the two feet of earth which furnish us with bread and flowers. Is not Cuvier the greatest poet of our century? Certainly Lord Byron has expressed in words some aspects of spiritual turmoil; but our immortal natural historian has reconstructed worlds from bleached bones.”
Honoré de Balzac, The Wild Ass's Skin

A.J. Liebling
“Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience.”
A.J. Liebling, Mollie and Other War Pieces

Michael Pollan
“This, for many people, is what's most offensive about hunting—to some, disgusting: that it encourages, or allows, us not only to kill but to take a certain pleasure in killing”
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