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A Book to Read and Love: The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Old Man and the Sea: I caught a big one, but it got away.

Questions to ponder while reading The Old Man and the Sea: What is luck, anyway?
When do you throw in the towel?
My thoughts about The Old Man and the Sea: My favorite fish tale.
Luck is such a random thing.
Sometimes, you just have to stick with it, even when you are going to lose.

Books to Read and Love: A BookList of My Five Favorites: A Fancy List of Five - Classic Dystopian Novels - A Book List

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A Book to Read and Love: 1984 - George Orwell - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book 1984: Big Brother is watching you.

Questions to ponder while reading 1984:
Can you keep a secret?
Do you think Big Brother exists today?
My thoughts about 1984: Must read!
Must think!
Must not let dictators take over!

A Book to Read and Love: Life and Other Near Death Experiences - Camille Pagan - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Life and Other Near Death Experiences: Cancer in the Caribbean.

Questions to ponder while reading Life and Other Near Death Experiences: Where would you go for your getaway?
How do you handle unpleasant revelations?
My thoughts about Life and Other Near Death Experiences:
Beach read!
Pain has to be funny to be bearable.
Everyone needs a place to "be".

A Book to Read and Love: Thieving Forest - Martha Conway - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Thieving Forest: Surviving the wilds of 19th century Ohio, in a skirt.

Questions to ponder while reading Thieving Forest:
When would you pack up and go back to Philly?
Can you restore what is lost?
My thoughts about Thieving Forest: Historical fiction is always a fav.
Everyone has their own destiny.
I don't know that I would have followed.

A Book to Read and Love: Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City - Nelson Johnson - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Boardwalk Empire: Gambling on the development of Atlantic City.

Questions to ponder while reading Boardwalk Empire: Should capitalism control vices?
How many cities were created this way?
My thoughts on Boardwalk Empire: Great History Read.
Everyone has a vice (admitted or otherwise).
Steve Buscemi did a good job bringing Enoch "Nucky" Johnson to life.

A Book to Read and Love: The King Must Die - Mary Renault - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The King Must Die: Retelling the tales of Theseus.

Questions to ponder while reading The King Must Die: Should kings die every year?
Would you be willing to dance with the bulls?
My thoughts about The King Must Die: Great redo.
Marriages should be equal.
Self-sacrifice can be noble.

A Book to Read and Love: Dear Life - Alice Munro - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Dear Life: Stories of small-town life in Ontario, Canada.

Questions to ponder while reading Dear Life: Have you ever wanted to be more than you are?
Who has altered the course of your life?

My thoughts about Dear Life: Easy to read and engaging.
Relatable characters and themes.
Everyday stories for everyday life.

A Book to Read and Love: Empire of the Summer Moon - S.C. Gwynne - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Empire of the Summer Moon: A *very biased* history of the Comanches.

Questions to ponder while reading Empire of the Summer Moon:
What makes a culture desirable?
Should U.S. made treaties be enforced by the U.S. Government?

My thoughts about Empire of the Summer Moon:
Good history of Texas
Quanah Parker was amazing
I **LOATHED** Gwynne's bias.


A Book to Read and Love: The Jungle - Upton Sinclair - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Jungle:
How Chicago created socialists.

Questions to ponder while reading The Jungle: What are our responsibilities to our fellow man?
Is Socialism really the answer to poverty?
My thoughts about The Jungle: Everyone deserves a fair wage and safe working conditions.
Child labor is wrong.
It took me about a month before I could eat meat again.

An Essay to Read and Love: Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Civil Disobedience: Why you should disobey an unjust state.

Questions to ponder while reading Civil Disobedience:
Can democracy provide a just government?
How applicable is this essay today?
My thoughts about Civil Disobedience: Just governments exist only with just people.
Don't wait for good to be legislated.
Pay attention!

A Book to Read and Love: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Sinning under the influence of serum.

Questions to ponder while reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
Wouldn't it have been easier to just own your sins?
What lives in your dark side?
My thoughts about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
Own your whole self.
Learn to cope with your inner demons.
I imagine a deranged tweety bird every time I read this.

A Book to Read and Love: Malcolm X - A Life of Reinvention - Manning Marable - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Malcolm X - A Life Reinvented: A complete biography.

Questions to ponder while reading Malcolm X - A Life Reinvented:
Did you realize Malcolm was so complex?
What do you think about his U.N. argument?
My thoughts about Malcolm X - A Life Reinvented: I had no idea until now.
His life was amazing.
When do we just become humans?

A Play to Read and Love: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - Summary & Review - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Pygmalion: The creation of a lady.

Questions to ponder while reading Pygmalion: What does it take to be a lady?
Do you own those you teach?
My thoughts about Pygmalion: Another play I really want to see live.
It is important to overcome your limitations.
I hope Eliza made her way on her own.

A Book to Read and Love: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Secret Garden: New growth in a hidden garden.

Questions to ponder while reading The Secret Garden: Should children ever be unsupervised?
Can you believe yourself well?
My thoughts about The Secret Garden: Another childhood favorite.
You are only as sick as you think you are.
I want a secret garden.

A Book to Read and Love: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Lovely Bones: The aftermath of my murder.

Questions to ponder while reading The Lovely Bones: Can a family survive the murder of a child?
What do you hope to see from heaven?
My thoughts about The Lovely Bones: Children shouldn't die first.
Parental guilt is a crushing thing.
A surprisingly haunting story.

A Book to Read and Love: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: I've got a golden ticket...


Questions to ponder while reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Did you know candy espionage was a thing?
Does poverty cause discipline?
My thoughts about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Brush your teeth after reading.
Candy factories should really be like the Wonka factory.
Everyone should be able to get a chocolate bar.