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Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar
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The Introvert's Way by Sophia Dembling
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Brief chapters with insights and hints about navigating the world if you are an introvert. Less specificity on what exactly constitutes being an introvert, I guess you know it if you see it, or experience it. And it is a sliding scale, with many intr ...more
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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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The Meaning of Michelle by Veronica Chambers
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A subtle work of shining vitality. Without perhaps precisely or overtly meaning to, this collection of essays from sixteen points of view opens to the receptive reader the door on a world apart, a world familiar to the African-American woman and man, ...more
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The Treasure House of Early American Rooms by John A.H. Sweeney
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Wonderful entrée into furniture styles and overall décor of early America before mass manufacturing. This title appears to be identical with the paperback edition entitled, "Winterthur Illustrated" (1963).
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Lafayette by Henry Francis du Pont Winte...
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Lovely glimpse back into the esteem with which the American people held the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824, when this Revolutionary War hero returned from France to see what the American experiment had wrought, as viewed through the commemorative objec ...more
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Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement by Sally G. McMillen
Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement
by Sally G. McMillen
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Remarkably thorough, and engaging to read. Probably the one book to read to gain a comprehensive grounding in the movement and its primary figures, female and male.
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Henry F. du Pont and Winterthur by Ruth Lord
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Excellent writing of a life well lived, including satisfying biographical information of du Pont ancestry. Unhesitating yet compassionate disclosure of the many challenges Henry Francis du Pont faced beginning early in his life, balanced with the opp ...more
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Martha Stout
“Sociopathy is the inability to process emotional experience, including love and caring, except when such experience can be calculated as a coldly intellectual task.”
Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

Martha Stout
“I am sure that if the devil existed, he would want us to feel very sorry for him.”
Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

Martha Stout
“As a counterpoint to sociopathy, the condition of narcissism is particularly interesting and instructive. Narcissism is, in a metaphorical sense, one half of what sociopathy is. Even clinical narcissists are able to feel most emotions are strongly as anyone else does, from guilt to sadness to desperate love and passion. The half that is missing is the crucial ability to understand what other people are feeling. Narcissism is a failure not of conscience but of empathy, which is the capacity to perceive emotions in others and so react to them appropriately. The poor narcissist cannot see past his own nose, emotionally speaking, and as with the Pillsbury Doughboy, any input from the outside will spring back as if nothing had happened. Unlike sociopaths, narcissists often are in psychological pain, and may sometimes seek psychotherapy. When a narcissist looks for help, one of the underlying issues is usually that, unbeknownst to him, he is alienating his relationships on account of his lack of empathy with others, and is feeling confused, abandoned, and lonely. He misses the people he loves, and is ill-equipped to get them back. Sociopaths, in contrast, do not care about other people, and so do not miss them when they are alienated or gone, except as one might regret the absence of a useful appliance that one has somehow lost.”
Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

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