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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros
read in December, 2012
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Short books are great. We should read more of them, slowly, to satisfy our need for well-written literature without investing all the weeknights in winter to finish War and Peace. A House On Mango Street is partly a coming of age story, with anecdote...more
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Perseverance by Carolyn Rubenstein
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Cancer can make you feel incredibly isolated, but it can also help instill a sense of solidarity, especially on the case of adolescents who are often surprised to find, through their experiences with cancer, a larger community of survivors. For those...more
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An Inn Near Kyoto by Kathleen Coskran
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Travel writing can be surprisingly unsurprising and mundane. As many details as one comes across while traveling, in the age of easy, cheap mass-travel, descriptions still tend to be cliched. The authors in this collection share varied stories of man...more
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The Submission by Amy Waldman
The Submission
by Amy Waldman (Goodreads Author)
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"The Submission" is an expertly-written fictional look into the political animosities ripe in the U.S. during the first decade of the 21st Century. Written, but not published, before the 45 Park Place Community Center was proposed in a location close...more
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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf, as many have said, wrote perfect sentences. In Mrs. Dalloway, she certainly did so, perhaps to greatest effect. But this means something much different than it might seem to. Her writing isn't pretentious; it is compelling and soulful...more
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American Smooth by Rita Dove
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The Black Poets by Dudley Randall
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The Vintage Book of Contemporary Irish Fiction by Dermot Bolger
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The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature by Amit Chaudhuri
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Joan Didion
“Vanish.
Pass into nothingness: the Keats line that frightened her.
Fade as the blue nights fade, go as the brightness goes.
Go back into the blue.
I myself placed her ashes in the wall.
I myself saw the cathedral doors locked at six.
I know what it is I am now experiencing.
I know what the frailty is, I know what the fear is.
The fear is not for what is lost.
What is lost is already in the wall.
What is lost is already behind the locked doors.
The fear is for what is still to be lost.
You may see nothing still to be lost.
Yet there is no day in her life on which I do not see her.”
Joan Didion, Blue Nights

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