Category Archives: books

Looking for Reading from the #CharlestonSyllabus

After the horrible tragedy that occurred in Charleston on the night of June 17, Chad Williams,  the chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University began to start tweeting  #CharlestonSyllabus, along with other colleagues from the … Continue reading

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World Oceans Day is Being Celebrated Today

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action.   This year’s theme is, “healthy oceans, healthy planets.”  The health of our oceans is critical to the health of our planets.  Covering over 70% of … Continue reading

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After Euphoria- Other Titles to Explore

Oftentimes, reading a book will make  me want to learn more about a particular person or subject.  Our book club, Tuesday at Two, just finished discussing Lily King’s compelling novel, Euphoria, loosely based on the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead … Continue reading

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Happy Star Wars Day

May the 4th is the unofficial holiday of Star War fans everywhere.  Celebrate the day by watching a Star Wars movie, reading a book or graphic novel, listening to audiobook or perhaps, just finding how much your Star Wars paraphernalia  … Continue reading

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Happy World Book & Copyright Day

Today is World Book &  Copyright Day,  a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and … Continue reading

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande tackles one of the hardest conversations we have in society today–what to do at the end of our lives?   Many in the medical profession have always tried to prolong a life at any cost and at a huge detriment to the … Continue reading

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Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist for Fiction and Nonfiction was Announced this Week

Sponsored by the American Library Association and the Carnegie Corporation,  the Andrew Carnegie Medals for excellence in fiction and nonfiction  shortlist was announced this week. Started in 2012, this literary award was established to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction … Continue reading

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#Women in Fiction

I love the fact that Twitter is lighting up with the  hashtag #womeninfiction.   Started by Preeti Chibber, manager of Harper Collins Children’s Books, Chibber started tweeting about women authors and women heroines in the world of fiction.  Check out her  … Continue reading

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Today marks the anniversary of the Broadway debut of A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1959,  The  play, written by Lorraine Hansberry,  was the first play written and acted by African Americans to appear on the Broadway stage. The play tells the classic story about … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison on Censorship and the Power of the Written Word

Perhaps it is no accident that I happened to stumble upon Burn This Book edited by Morrison a few days before her birthday today.  Published in conjunction with the PEN American Center, the book is a collection of essays by … Continue reading

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