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Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
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The Encyclopedia Galactica, that venerable compendium, has a lot to say about the works of Douglas Adams. In particular, the first four books of his 'Hitchhiker's' series have over 7 million words dedicated to them. This includes synopses, critical ...more
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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
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Lilac Girls is a warm novel about cold realities. It's set during and after World War II and follows the experiences of three women; one American, one German, and one Polish. All three are based upon real people exhaustively researched by the author, ...more
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The Legends of Greemulax by Kimmy Schmidt
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It's hard to describe what this book even is. So I'll just list strange things about it:

- It's a tie in for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, a silly but definitely adult sitcom.

- But it's also unquestionably a children's book. And just to
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
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When I watched The Wizard of Oz movie as a child, something bugged me about Dorothy's companions. The Lion doesn't quite fit with the others thematically. Consider:

- The Scarecrow laments his lack of brain but repeatedly displays clever and
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner, #1)
by Philip K. Dick
recommended to Joe by: Gordon Burroughs via Bookclub
recommended for: Anyone who can stomach science fiction.
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Androids and humans aren't so different. We learn, contemplate and socialize in similar ways. We share the same composing parts; flesh, bone and marrow. We even look indistinguishable to the naked eye.

But three key differences separate androids and
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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
“We must change almost everything in our current societies.
The bigger your carbon footprint - the bigger your moral duty.
The bigger your platform - the bigger your responsibility.
Adults keep saying: 'We owe it to the young people to given them hope.'
But I don't want your hope.
I don't want you to be hopeful.
I want you to panic.
I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.
And then I want you to act.
I want you to act as you would in a crisis.
I want you to act as if our house is on fire.
Because it is.”
Greta Thunberg
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“We talk about books being passports to new worlds…but library cards are like intergalactic passports to the multiverse!”
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
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Sci-fi/comedy worlds tend to be grim. In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Earth is destroyed in the opening chapters. In Futurama, Fry wakes up after 1000 years of cryostasis in a land of angry robots and suicide booths. Then you have Galaxy ...more
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Absolute All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison
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How do you challenge Superman? He's come a long way since his inception as the superhero genre's founding father, racking up accomplishments faster than a speeding bullet. There was a time when leaping tall buildings and battling giant apes seemed ...more
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The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
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When you travel down The Lighthouse Road note the caution signs. 'Warning, slight turn ahead', 'Slight bump in 1/2 a mile', 'A light touch of uneven pavement'; that sort of thing. You might doubt the need for these warnings, what with the limited ...more
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Carl Sagan
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

“The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor Ralph Waldo Emerson”
Helen Susan Swift, Dark Voyage

B.K.S. Iyengar
“The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it.”
B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life

Carl Sagan
“If I finish a book a week, I will read only a few thousand books in my lifetime, about a tenth of a percent of the contents of the greatest libraries of our time. The trick is to know which books to read.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

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