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The Known World

Posted on May 20, 2005. See more in Fiction

by Edward P. Jones Amistad, 2003 The story is based on this: In the world as it is known in the late 1800’s, a generation of freed African Americans, children of former slaves, could read, write and aspire to all things “white.” This isn’t an easy book to read. I had to put it aside at times and pick up something bland or technical to read in order to let...

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Kite Runner

Posted on May 20, 2005. See more in Fiction

by Khaled Hosseini Riverhead Books, 2003 This book might never have made the best seller list if it weren’t published post 9/11. It’s the right book at the right time. Which is not to say it is slight, or not worth the read. I couldn’t put this one down — read it straight through while on vacation. (Which is to say you’d be wise not to pick it up until...

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Henry Works

Posted on May 20, 2005. See more in Fiction

by D.B. Johnson Houghton Mifflin, 2004 This is the children’s picture book you give to your children, your grandchildren, your husband, your friend, to anyone who wonders what you do all day if you are a full time writer. Henry is a bear who makes Henry David Thoreau a little more comfy and knowable to little ones. As the opening lines say, “It is a misty,...

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