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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



Today, we wonder anxiously if digital media is changing our brains. But if there's any time in history when our mental operations changed... Continue »
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The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown
The Rope Walk

Dina, July 5, 2008

I really enjoyed this book. It's a coming of age story set in a small town over the course of the summer that the young protagonist turns 10. The story contrasts the old fashioned feeling of the small town with more complicated themes of modern life. She spends the summer with a young boy who unexpectedly comes to live at her house. They befriend an artist suffering with AIDS who has returned to his home to convalesce. The children spend afternoons reading to him from the adventures of Lewis and Clark. The detailed and lovely writing makes you feel like you are there with the characters.
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The Monk Upstairs
The Monk Upstairs

Dina, April 13, 2008

Having read The Monk Downstairs, I couldn't wait for the sequel (I made do by reading other Tim Farrington books). This is another visit with some very interesting characters. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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The Monk Downstairs by Tim Farrington
The Monk Downstairs

Dina, April 13, 2008

I loved this book. The author creates an interesting and diverse cast of characters. The leading character is a divorced woman who meets a monk living in her building. It's wonderful to watch their relationship develop as he meets her daughter and mother.
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The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade by Ann Fessler
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade

Dina, April 12, 2008

This is an extremely interesting book. It's a little hard to imagine how different things were before 1970, but this book describes the lives of young women who became pregnant and then "disappeared" into maternity homes. For the most part, they had no idea about labor or childbirth and ultimately were left at the hospital to labor alone and then aggressively pushed to sign papers to give up their babies. From the perspective of a mother who had her children in the 90s, it's unbelievable what these women went through.
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Life Class by Pat Barker
Life Class

Dina, March 27, 2008

This is a very interesting book set in England just as World War II is breaking out. It is a study of the characters first as young art school students, and then as they and their relationships change during the course of the war.
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