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    Once We Were Slaves, by Laura Arnold Liebermn, subtitled "the extraordinary journey of a multiracial Jewish family." The racial mingling took place in Barbados, against the backdrop of the brutal cane sugar trade.

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    Hey jeppy,
    how does the book explain the missing body of the son who is in the car with everyone else? I read a brief explanation that said the body was never found, but probably the book goes into more detail.
    At the time of publication they had not found the body.

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    Lone Women a western/suspense/horror novel all in one. Not my usual genres but I like it.

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    Found The Pocket Book of Short Stories, copyright 1941. Includes storied by Hemingway, Maugham, Tolstoi, Poe, Twain, Parker, and many others. I'm really enjoying the stories.
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    August reads:
    The Searcher by Tana French - good mystery set in Ireland. I usually do enjoy her books.
    Later by Stephen King - not one of his best, but a fast and entertaining read.
    Alys Always by Harriet Lane - I really enjoyed this one by the author of Her, which had some similarities, but was also good.
    The Overstory by Richard Powers - I believe this was recommended here. I thought it was a really good book, with an important message about protecting trees, the planet and ourselves. I did find it a bit slow going at times, but still worth the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    Found The Pocket Book of Short Stories, copyright 1941. Includes storied by Hemingway, Maugham, Tolstoi, Poe, Twain, Parker, and many others. I'm really enjoying the stories.
    It's funny, but I definitely avoid short stories. I consider them the "one night stands" of literature. That being said, there are magnificent short stories that I absolutely adore, so I should probably read them more often!

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    The Transcendent Brain by Alan Lightman. I like this little book as it is a scientist's exploration of why being agnostic makes sense to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    It's funny, but I definitely avoid short stories. I consider them the "one night stands" of literature. That being said, there are magnificent short stories that I absolutely adore, so I should probably read them more often!
    Definitely "one night stands", but I find I am really enjoying them, especially because they are short but extremely well-written. I can't remember ever having read The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet, but it is in this little book and I really enjoyed it! The writing techniques and styles to paint a story with such clearness AND brevity. It's been pleasantly surprising me the talent some people have to be able to do that.
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    That short story book looks really good, happystuff! I'll have to see if I can get it free on kindle or through the library.

    I'm still reading that book about Alexander von Humboldt--The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. It's a long book. I woke up in the middle of the night the other night and spent 2 hours reading it. So interesting, and she's a fantastic writer--she's able to weave in his biography with nature and so many social/policital events of the 18th and 19th centuries.

    She has written other books I hadn't heard of, but once I finish this one, I'll definitely go on to one of the gardening-in-history books. Her latest book, Magnificent Rebels, looks good, too.

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    I'm reading The Widows of Eastwick, having just finished the Witches of Eastwick.

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