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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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This book (about an unsolved murder of a cross-dressing frog catcher in San Francisco) did get better as I read on toward the end. Good thing, too, because I thought it was going to be hard to finish! Actually, the most interesting part was in the af...more
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Promises I Can Keep by Kathryn Edin
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The Other America by Michael Harrington
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The American Way of Poverty by Sasha Abramsky
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Tested by Linda Perlstein
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Kate Atkinson
“Why do cats sleep so much? Perhaps they've been trusted with some major cosmic task, an essential law of physics - such as: if there are less than 5 million cats sleeping at any one time the world will stop spinning. So that when you look at them and think, "what a lazy, good-for-nothing animal," they are, in fact, working very, very hard.”
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Mark Twain
“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”
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Tina Fey
“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants

Lionel Shriver
“Teachers were both blamed for everything that went wrong with kids and turned to for their every salvation. This dual role of scapegoat and savior was downright messianic but even Jesus was probably paid better.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Meg Wolitzer
“She recognized that that is how friendships begin: one person reveals a moment of strangeness, and the other person decides just to listen and not exploit it.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings

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