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Educated by Tara Westover
Educated: A Memoir
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
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I've read quite a few books on decluttering, usually when I start feeling that my possessions are getting a little out of control. This is a slim volume, its premise being that it's a good thing to not leave a bunch of stuff for your family to have t ...more
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The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
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I read this for a book club. I don't normally read fantasy, although I loved Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I'm always looking for good books to give my grandchildren. I think my oldest grandsons would like this book, so I'll keep it in mind. Ap ...more
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Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
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I LOVE "The Gilmore Girls", I LOVE "Parenthood." But I didn't love this book. (I'm so sorry, Lauren!)
I love Lauren Graham as an actress. And in this book she seems to be pretty level-headed, not too wrapped up in herself, and it's obvious she has a f
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
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This story about a neurosurgeon, just on the cusp of establishing his career when he discovers he has cancer, was especially meaningful to me because of recent events in my own family. Kalanithi never once asks "Why me?" Though not much of a believer ...more
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Don't Sing at the Table by Adriana Trigiani
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Adriana Trigiani was a favorite author of my daughter's mother-in-law who passed away (too soon) in 2015. She was a warm, caring and classy person who lost her husband when her children were young and raised them by herself. I asked for (and received ...more
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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
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Azar Nafisi
“A novel is not an allegory.... It is the sensual experience of another world. If you don't enter that world, hold your breath with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won't be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel. This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing.”
Azar Nafisi
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Victor Hugo
“Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold... brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
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John Steinbeck
“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Bernard M. Baruch
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch

Laura Hillenbrand
“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

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