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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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I've read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many times: first as a teenager, then as a young man in college and until last week, as a thirty-something adult. Each reading brought new insights about Twain's take on the American experience. He create ...more
The Unwinding by George Packer
"”No one can say when the unwinding began – when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and sometimes stifling grip first gave way. Like any great change, the unwinding began at countless times, in countless ways – and at some moment t..." Read more of this review »
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This so depressing (7/13/14):
http://www.alternet.org/some-point-pr...

Maybe some positive news (5/8/14):
http://www.alternet.org/economy/rober...

If you're trying to figure out what happened to "Yes we can!" Barack Obama's winning motto in the 2008 pres
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
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Read this book AND watch the TV adaptation:
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This is a wonderful novel. Written as a dystopian view of a futuristic America, it was inspired by Ronald Reagan's Reign of Terror. It is both horrifying and edifying.
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The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman
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Is it shouting into the wind to make the case to a Republican Congress for impeaching a president of their own party? The answer is no. Once Trump becomes more of a liability than an asset to the GOP, the party may be willing to turn on him throu...
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Bleak House by Charles Dickens
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Bleak House by Charles Dickens
"Nomen Est Omen, in the world according to Dickens!

But don’t take it literally, especially not when reading the title of Bleak House. For Dickens also requires you to read between the lines, and letters, just like in an acrostic poem:

BLEAK HOUSE
Lo..." Read more of this review »
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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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Read this book AND watch the TV adaptation:
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This is a wonderful novel. Written as a dystopian view of a futuristic America, it was inspired by Ronald Reagan's Reign of Terror. It is both horrifying and edifying.
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Abraham   Verghese
“The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don't. If you keep saying your slippers aren't yours, then you'll die searching, you'll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.”
Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

Francine Prose
“People see everything through the lens of their obsessions.”
Francine Prose, Goldengrove

Abraham Lincoln
“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”
Abraham Lincoln

George Sand
“[On Chopin's Preludes:]

"His genius was filled with the mysterious sounds of nature, but transformed into sublime equivalents in musical thought, and not through slavish imitation of the actual external sounds. His composition of that night was surely filled with raindrops, resounding clearly on the tiles of the Charterhouse, but it had been transformed in his imagination and in his song into tears falling upon his heart from the sky. ... The gift of Chopin is [the expression of] the deepest and fullest feelings and emotions that have ever existed. He made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.”
George Sand, Story of My Life: The Autobiography of George Sand

Marcel Proust
“One becomes moral as soon as one is unhappy.”
Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove, Part 2

68108 Read Between the Wines — 140 members — last activity May 25, 2017 06:30AM
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100590 The Thomas Mann Group — 211 members — last activity Jun 03, 2017 06:05AM
Members of Kindred Spirits and other interested GR members read the works of Thomas Mann. Our next scheduled read is The Magic Mountain, taking place ...more
75271 Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace — 173 members — last activity Jan 17, 2015 12:33PM
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115105 Everything Booklikes & Leafmarks — 794 members — last activity Apr 26, 2019 08:28AM
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108518 Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain" — 32 members — last activity Mar 18, 2014 09:23PM
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