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The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
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OK, I did it. I rated a sweet book a 5, even though a few parts were slightly too sentimental and overdrawn. The sweetness was outweighed by the story which was just plain fun to read. I don't read enough books that are simply entertaining. I always ...more
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Educated by Tara Westover
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover (Goodreads Author)
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Absolutely loved this recounting of Tara’s struggle to escape from the chains of her upbringing and save herself. Her diaries allowed her to capture pivotal childhood events and sequence them so that the reader could vicariously experience her troubl ...more
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
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In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware (Goodreads Author)
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I read this book during a couple stormy stuck inside days. My friend highly recommended it but I wish I hadn’t attended this hen party from hell. I found Nora’s (not Lee I KNOW!) narration tedious. I found the girls (oh yeah there was one guy) partyi ...more
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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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This is an amazing epic debut novel. The author at age 26 has created a world that I won’t soon forget. A family of slaves is followed for six generations as they carve out their existences in Ghana and the US. Many of the characters came to life as ...more
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The Immortalists by Chloe  Benjamin
The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin (Goodreads Author)
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This book has a lot going for it: a unique conceit, food for thought and an engaging narrative. Four young siblings visit a fortune teller, learn the day of their death, and then tell their stories. Spanning the decades from 1969-2010, each setting a ...more
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The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantú
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In rating this book, I have ignored a few narrative flow problems that occasionally annoyed me. (You can tell the author is a poet who doesn’t want to be constrained by sequential, focused narrative arcs.) I gave it this rating because this is an imp ...more
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Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
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Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan
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As a fan of Following Atticus, I was anxious to read Tom Ryan’s book about Will. It’s a touching story about allowing a senior dog to spend his last days surrounded by love and beauty. Without Tom, this little guy would have been euthanized instead o ...more
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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon (Goodreads Author)
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I eagerly read any books my 12 year old granddaughter recommends. They often serve as lively discussion starters. This one is no exception as it is one of the first love stories she has recommended. I had to take off my granny shoes and step back fro ...more
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Martin Luther King Jr.
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Elie Wiesel
“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”
Elie Wiesel

“He had come to that moment in his age when there occurred to him, with increasing intensity, a question of such overwhelming simplicity that he had no means to face it. He found himself wondering if his life were worth the living; if it had ever been. It was a question, he suspected, that came to all men at one time or another; he wondered if it came to them with such impersonal force as it came to him. The question brought with it a sadness, but it was a general sadness which (he thought) had little to do with himself or with his particular fate; he was not even sure that the question sprang from the most immediate and obvious causes, from what his own life had become. It came, he believed, from the accretion of his years, from the density of accident and circumstance, and from what he had come to understand of them. He took a grim and ironic pleasure from the possibility that what little learning he had managed to acquire had led him to this knowledge: that in the long run all things, even the learning that let him know this, were futile and empty, and at last diminished into a nothingness they did not alter.”
John Williams, Stoner

Ivan Doig
“It’s funny about imagination, how it”
Ivan Doig, Last Bus to Wisdom

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The point of this language of “intention” and “personal responsibility” is broad exoneration. Mistakes were made. Bodies were broken. People were enslaved. We meant well. We tried our best. “Good intention” is a hall pass through history, a sleeping pill that ensures the Dream.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

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