Category Archives: Human Rights Issues

“Go Set a Watchman”

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee    With the flap over Harper Lee’s new book still simmering among readers I know, I have to admit that I’m surprised at how virulently both professional reviewers and ordinary lovers of To … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi/Future Dystopias: “Oryx and Crake”

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood   Snowman (as in Abominable), who was once known as Jimmy, appears to be the last human being on earth. His existence doesn’t seem much worth living–the environment is in ruins and he cannot … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: Nonfiction: “Missoula”

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer  Missoula, Montana is a college town and just about everyone there loves the University of Montana Grizzlies football team. Yet in the early 2010’s, the team was … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: Nonfiction: “In the Garden of Beasts”

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson    William E. Dodd wasn’t President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first choice for United States Ambassador to Germany in the early 1930s, just as Adolf Hitler rose to power–nor even the president’s second … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “The Harder They Come”

The Harder They Come by T. C. Boyle    A cruise to Central America and a stop in Costa Rica sound like a vacation dream for a middle class retired couple. After all, Costa Rica is supposed to be a … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “All the Light We Cannot See”

  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr A French girl whose father is the master of the locks at the Museum of Natural History in Paris goes blind when she is only six years old. Her father … Continue reading

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Common Core: Nonfiction: “The Age of Acquiescence”

Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power by Steve Fraser    I picked up Age of Acquiescence because it was recommended as a companion work to Capital in the 21st Century.  Age of Acquiescence … Continue reading

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