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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Devil's Highway: A True Story

janeyb, January 30, 2013

Whatever your views on immigration reform, you need to read this unforgettable true story. Urrea illuminates all sides of this issue. He is unbiased and a truly wonderful writer. I will be reading everything he has written.
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Wool - Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey
Wool - Omnibus Edition

janeyb, November 2, 2012

I haven’t read a science fiction book since Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles (about 30 years ago).
My reading is usually limited to award-winning non-fiction and fiction books. My husband’s niece suggested this book to me when I asked her all-time favorite. I will be sending her a thank you for leading me outside of my reading comfort zone.
I couldn’t Wool (Omnibus) down. My husband and I read this post-apocalyptic story at the same time and finished the 539 pages in just a few days. We had fun questioning meaning, trying to figure out what had happened and where it was happening.
I had no idea that this was a self-published book until I was finished and my husband told me. I have a writing background and found the story-telling and character development was great.
This book is visual and I hope someone will work with the Author Hugh Howey to make a movie of this riveting story.
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The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Devil's Highway: A True Story

janeyb, August 7, 2012

This book was a Pulitzer prize finalist in 2005. I have to find out and read the book that won, because this book is the best book I have read since The Warmth of Other Suns. It is a true story about a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert. I hope this book will be made into a movie. Urrea is outstanding in his descriptions and detail. This book is heart-wrenching.
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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

janeyb, January 19, 2012

My favorite book of the past 5 years. Wilkerson's well-researched story tells the story of the six million black Americans who migrated from the south to states north and west. Though she interviews more than 1,000 migration participants, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author focuses her epic story on three characters. Their search for freedom does not come easily. Wilderson's detailed writing pulls you into the book and keeps you memorized. Her work is both scholarly and approachable. You won't forget the stories of sorrow and strength. I kept thinking as I read through the 600- some pages that these stories didn't happen that long ago in American History. I am telling everyone I know to read this book.
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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

janeyb, January 3, 2012

One of the best books I've read in the past decade! In this Pulitzer-Prize winner, Isabel Wilkerson tells the story of the African-American migration from the south to cities north and west in search of a better life. She interviews more than 1,000 people and uses her research to share this part of our American history from 1915-1970. She focuses her narrative on three people which makes this scholarly work approachable and fascinating. Impressive research,great writing and interesting characters.
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