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Black Looks: Race, Beauty, and Memory in Brit Bennett’s new Must-Read, “The Vanishing Half”

“Race! The thing that bound and suffocated her. Whatever steps she took, or if she took none at all, something would be crushed. A person or the race. Clare, herself, or the race. Or, it might be, all three. Nothing, … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate a post to the wonderful form of poetry, to think about how poetry has changed over time and to contemplate its role in society today. Of … Continue reading

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The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell

You can’t get any closer to escapist literature or off the grid stories than The Final Frontiersman : Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell, narrated by Dan Warren. At the age of twenty, … Continue reading

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The Stand, By Stephen King

The Stand, By Stephen King.  What can I say besides I’ve read this book three times and am about to read it again?  It’s a classic Dystopian, Apocalyptic, End-of-the-world-because-of-a-deadly-virus, Quest-for-Salvation, Good-vs-Evil book with a plot and characters that keep you … Continue reading

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Surrender by Ray Loriga, translated by Carolina De Robertis

I loved Surrender by Ray Lorica, which just came out.  It’s a strange and disturbing novel about a dystopian future in a fictional country, ten years after a war that no one understands. The whole novel is narrated by one … Continue reading

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

This is the book that began my fascination with epic disasters in cold, icy places. I guess I wanted to understand why people risk their lives for adventure or exploration, which I admit I still don’t understand after reading dozens … Continue reading

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The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, by Candice Millard

Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt ran for a third term, this time with the Progressive Party, a new, independent third party? That when he lost, he decided to join an expedition of The River of Doubt, a tributary of … Continue reading

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Franci’s War: A Woman’s Story of Survival, by Franci Rabinek Epstein

              I love non-fiction about strong people who struggle through frightening events to somehow survive all the odds. These stories grab me because I want to believe we can persevere through the worst, but knowing that survival will take determination … Continue reading

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The Endurance by Alfred Lansing

The Endurance : Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage  by Alfred Lansing This is one of my favorite Non-Fiction books of all time.  In August 1914 The Endurance, lead by Ernest Shackelton and his twenty-eight crew members set out to be the first … Continue reading

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Labyrinth of Ice : The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition by Buddy Levy

This story about the 1881 Arctic exploration to find “Farthest North” takes place some thirty-seven years prior to Shackelton’s exploration in the Antarctica.  But many of the sheer difficulties—an ice bound ship that has to be abandoned, a crew of … Continue reading

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