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Notes from No Man's Land by Eula Biss
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In which Eula Biss thoughtfully contemplates race in various American landscapes. Thought-provoking and sincere.
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The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson
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With Anne Carson, you just have to be along for the ride, and what a rollicking good ride it is! This fictional account of a dissolving marriage, punctuated with fragments from Keats, is perhaps more intelligible than some of her other books of poetr ...more
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Dancing at the Edge of the World by Ursula K. Le Guin
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“Narrative is a stratagem of mortality. It is a means, a way of living. It does not seek immortality; it does not seek to triumph over or escape from time (as lyric poetry does). It asserts, affirms, participates in directional time, time experienced
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All the Lives We Ever Lived by Katharine Smyth
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I was intrigued, as a fellow Woolf devotee, but I found my attention wandering. Smyth is a strong writer, but I wanted this to be either a grief memoir or a meditation on Woolf, not both.
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Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber
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There is compassion and grace here, as always with Nadia Bolz-Weber’s writing. I wished, however, for more explication and less grand-standing.
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Educated by Tara Westover
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Whew. Jaw-dropping and compulsively readable, in the unforgettable way that memoirs of traumatized children can be.
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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
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Practical, clear-headed, evidence-based advice for creating healthy sleep habits for infants up to elementary school-aged children. I appreciated his nonjudgmental tone about the various parenting theories (but also the fact that he plainly outlines ...more
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Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded) by John Medina
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Helpful, readable survey of what we know about how children’s brains develop and how we can help them flourish. Medina confirms research I’ve encountered elsewhere (e.g., have conversations with your infant; don’t tell your kid that she’s smart but r ...more
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The First Forty Days by Heng Ou
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Comprehensive, calming book on caring for new moms, replete with traditional Chinese recipes for restoring the body (and soul). Put it on hold at the library and then bought it and handed it to my husband and told him to study up.
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Rainer Maria Rilke
“For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
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“Your cold mornings are filled with the heartache about the fact that although we are not at ease in this world, it is all we have, that it is ours but that it is full of strife, so that all we can call our own is strife; but even that is better than nothing at all, isn't it? And as you split the frost-laced wood with numb hands, rejoice that your uncertainty is God's will and His grace toward you that that is beautiful, and a part of a greater certainty, as your own father always said in his sermons and to you at home. And as the ax bites into the wood, be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of the world, even though you have done nothing to deserve it. And when you resent the ache in your heart, remember: You will be dead and buried soon enough.”
Paul Harding

Nicholas D. Kristof
“In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”
Nicholas D. Kristof, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Virginia Woolf
“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf
“Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art”
Virginia Woolf, The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume Four: 1931-1935

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