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The Moor by Laurie R. King
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Definitely not for those with poor attention spans; this book is a classic piece of detailed detective fiction. King makes the moor both charming and forboding, and her descriptions of its people and their customs make one sad to never have seen it. ...more
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No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco
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Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century by Ed Sanders
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Not exactly my cup of tea, although the poems aren't altogether bad.
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Cocktail Bible by n/a
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As someone who doesn't drink, this was kind of a wash. But the book has interesting 'mocktails' in it, too. The Salty Dog can be transformed into the Salty Puppy, for instance. Overall not a bad book for regular consumers of spirits.
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Barkitecture by Fred Albert
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In honor of my dog, Hobbs, who died this week, I read this fantastic book about dog houses. Creative and smart, some of them are better than the actual house I live in right now.
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Creature by Andrew Zuckerman
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Cute animals in simple white settings. Great coffee table book.
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Edward Hopper by Carol Troyen
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Terrific selection of Hopper's best paintings and the accompanying essays are great.
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In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
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Really strives to answer a question I've been asked several times by history teachers/enthusiasts: how did Hitler manage to get as far as he did? What stopped the world from stopping his rise to power? (Hint: ignoring violence; ignoring ...more
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Edward Hopper by Carol Troyen
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Terrific selection of Hopper's best paintings and the accompanying essays are great.
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Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman
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Really quite awful. I'm no Trump supporter, but this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, or couldn't figure out by myself. It felt very opportunistic, and isn't something I would recommend to anyone.

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“There isn't so much love in the world that you can turn it away when it's offered.”
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“[To James Laughlin] It was pleasant to learn that you expected our correspondence to be read in the international salons and boudoirs of the future. Do you think they will be able to distinguish between the obfuscations, mystification, efforts at humor, and plain statement of fact? Will they recognize my primary feelings as a correspondent—the catacomb from which I write to you, seeking to secure some word from the real world, or at least news of the Far West—and sigh with compassion? Or will they just think I am nasty, an over-eager clown, gauche, awkward and bookish? Will they understand that I am always direct, open, friendly, simple and candid to the point of naïveté until the ways of the fiendish world infuriate me and I am poked to be devious, suspicious, calculating, not that it does me any good anyway? And for that matter, what will they make of your complex character?”
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Anna Akhmatova
“Each of our lives is a Shakespearean drama raised to the thousandth degree.”
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Gillian Anderson
“I know people who are embarrassed to be American. They don't like showing their passports. It's becoming a scary place. It takes someone very brave not to be quiet, someone who doesn't mind death threats, their life being turned upside down, news cameras outside their door. There is no freedom of speech in America anymore. They are not living up to the constitution. There's so much fear in America and control.”
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Hettie Jones
“Anyone in pursuit of art is responding to a desire to make visible that which is not, to offer the unknown self to others.”
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