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Nonfiction: “Bad Feminist”

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay   I had to read this book of essays because I’d seen Gay’s TED Talk in which she discusses how publishing the book led to her being called The bad feminist. I am of the … 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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Common Core: Nonfiction: “A Curious Mind”

A Curious Mind: the Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman Brian Grazer is the producer of many well-known films (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Grinch, Splash) and  some TV series (24 is the best known). … 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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“Send”

Send by Patty Blount   “A punch to the jaw wasn’t how I imagined starting my first day at another new school, but fate had a warped sense of humor.” So begins Send, with Daniel (and/or Ken) making the decision … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: Common Core: “The Sociopath Next Door”

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout   Something that has always interested me about people who are charismatic is how often they turn out to be evil. In school, we all learn this about dictators–watch film of them mesmerizing … Continue reading

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Thoughtful Readers: “August”

August by Bernard Beckett    I’ve been looking for books for our deeper thinkers. August is one. Unfortunately, the cover description says it’s a “philosophical thriller” and also gives the reader the impression that it will be a love story. … Continue reading

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