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Adult Books for Teens: “Between the World and Me”

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates   “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” Often books have an opening sentence–or … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “The Meursault Investigation”

  The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud Many teens read Albert Camus’s The Stranger in high school. From what they tell me, it’s a book they like.  Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud  has given us Albert Camus’s The Stranger from the … Continue reading

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“The Girl on the Train”

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins   Rachel Watsons might be able to stop obsessing over her ex-husband,–who is now remarried and has a child–if she could stop drinking, stop envying the new wife, and most of all, … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “The Warmth of Other Suns”

Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson   While I found The Warmth of Other Suns enlightening in many ways, I was truly astonished by the revelation that African Americans leaving the South during the early years of the Great … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Big Magic”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert  The wonderful thing about reading a book of nonfiction written by Elizabeth Gilbert is that you feel like you are sitting in a room with her, conversing about your heart’s desires. This was true of … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “The Half has Never been Told”

The Half has Never been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist     I was fascinated by Baptist’s argument that an important foundation of American capitalism, and an essential element in the economic success … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal”

  Gulp by Mary Roach Mary Roach has come up with another fun look at science, this time focusing on the anatomy and physiology of human digestion. Here she answers the questions you’ve always wanted to ask: Can snakes taste? … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife”

Spook by Mary Roach  I’m gathering some scary stories for a fall display, and thought I’d add Spook–which is not a scary book at all, but rather an entertaining work of nonfiction that takes a look at life after death. … Continue reading

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“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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