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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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The Overstory by Richard Powers
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“The Overstory,” by Richard Powers, is an ambitious novel about people who develop an abiding connection with trees and the impact this has on their lives. The characters come from many walks of life – there is an artist, a college drop-out, a brilli ...more
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The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
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“The Forever War,” by Joe Haldeman, is a classic military sci-fi novel that follows William Mandela who joins the military to fight an alien race known as the Tuarans. After going through a brutal training regimen, Mandela and his unit are sent thous ...more
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The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey
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“The Rainbow Trial,” by Zane Grey, is the sequel to the author’s most famous work, “The Riders of the Purple Sage.” The action picks up ten years after the events of the first book and follows John Shefford, a defrocked minister who heard the story o ...more
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The U. P. Trail by Zane Grey
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“The U.P. Trail,” by Zane Grey, is a classic western set in and around the building of the Union Pacific Railroad in Wyoming. The main characters are Allie, a young woman who is the sole survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train, and Neale, an am ...more
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Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter
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“Dead Zero,” by Stephen Hunter, is the 7th Bob Lee Swagger (of “Shooter” fame) novel. The book introduces a new Marine Corps sniper, Ray Cruz, as a major protagonist. Cruz is an active duty Marine Corps sniper who runs afoul of a CIA operation and is ...more
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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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“A Canticle for Leibowitz,” by Walter Miller Jr, is a work of speculative fiction written at the height of the Cold War that chronicles the centuries-long aftermath of a major nuclear war. The novel focuses on a monastic order that seeks to preserve ...more
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Wonderlandscape by John Clayton
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“Wonderlandscape,” by John Clayton, is a history of Yellowstone National Park and its place in American culture. The book traces the evolution of the park and how its management has changed over time as attitudes towards nature and conservation prior ...more
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The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
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“The Hot Zone,” by Richard Preston, is a gripping account of a series of outbreaks of hemorrhagic fevers in the 1980s and early 1990s. During the first part of the book, the narrative switches back and forth between first-hand descriptions of Ebola a ...more
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Edward Abbey
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
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