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Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

In the early 1960’s famed writer, John Steinbeck, took his camper and his trusty French Poodle Charley, and explored America.  Beginning on the east coast and heading across the northern states, Steinbeck encountered the natural beauty of our country and … Continue reading

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Confederates In The Attic by Tony Horwitz

Although this work of non-fiction was written in the 1990’s, it’s especially pertinent today.  Journalist and Civil War enthusiast Tony Horwitz took a journey through the South, following the path of the great Civil War battles.  Sometimes he went as … Continue reading

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The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

Semi-autobiographical, The Great Santini is Pat Conroy’s novel about growing up with a military-authoritarian father.  This book really packs a huge punch.  There’s so much here from abuse, racism and the many ways Ben Meecham and his siblings attempt to cope … Continue reading

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What makes Americanah so fascinating, is not the story itself, but the thought-provoking conceptions about racism as presented from differing perspectives. Ifemelu is a Nigerian woman who migrates to America to pursue an Ivy League education. While there, she begins … Continue reading

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Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

A 2011 finalist for the Man Booker Prize, Half Blood Blues follows the story of The Hot Time Swingers, a fictional jazz band who were on the verge of success as World War II broke out.  Narrowly making their escape … Continue reading

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The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

I loved this heartbreaking tale of two star-crossed teenagers, who find each other in a low-income apartment block filled with immigrants like themselves.  Maribel came on the back of a truck with her family from Mexico, in the hopes of … Continue reading

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Wilderness by Lance Weller

Abel Truman is a Civil War veteran making his way in the coastal forest of Washington state.  It has been 30 years since the war, but it’s ravages still continue to haunt him.  The memories of the Battle of the … Continue reading

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