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A Book to Read and Love: The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver Pötzch

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A short summary of The Hangman's Daughter: Magdalena and the mystery of the witch.

Questions to ponder while reading The Hangman's Daughter: How much does superstition guide your judgment?
Can someone be pure evil?

My thoughts about The Hangman's Daughter: An engrossing mystery.
Well researched history.
Lots and lots of details.

A Book to Read and Love: Elizabeth Street - Laurie Fabiano

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A short summary of Elizabeth Street: Giovanna and the Black Hand.

Questions to ponder while reading Elizabeth Street: Has the immigrant's story ever been easy?
What would you do for your child?
My thoughts about Elizabeth Street: Based on a true story!
New York can be an unkind place.
A great tale to get involved in.

A Book to Read and Love: Three Daughters - Consuelo Saah Baehr

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A short summary of Three Daughters: Living in Palestine, a matrilineal story.

Questions to ponder while reading Three Daughters: Do you feel connected to your heritage?
Are you bound by traditions?
My thoughts about Three Daughters: A long saga.
A lot of history.
A bit over-the-top with sexual details.

A Book to Read and Love: Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trial - Ben Montgomery

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A short summary of Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The story of the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail.

Questions to ponder while reading Grandma Gatewood's Walk: Have you ever wanted to do something crazy?
How far can you walk?
My thoughts about Grandma Gatewood's Walk: I am completely inspired.
I too love the woods.
I admire that she did this simply because she wanted to.


A Book to Read and Love: The Bloodletter's Daughter - Linda Lafferty

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A short summary of The Bloodletter's Daughter: The curing of Don Julius

Questions to ponder while reading The Bloodletter's Daughter: Have you ever believed in the wrong person?
What are the duties of a mother?
My thoughts about The Bloodletter's Daughter: An easy story to engage in.
Historical fiction at its most fun.
I, too, am intrigued by the Voynich Manuscript.

A Book to Read and Love: Marie Antoinette: An Intimate History - Melanie Clegg

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A short summary of Marie Antoinette: The life and times of France's last queen.

Questions to ponder while reading Marie Antoinette: Have you ever wanted to be the queen?
How do revolutions begin?
My thoughts about Marie Antoinette:  A conversational look into a misunderstood queen.
Sympathetic and easy to read.
I love a good history book.

A Book to Read and Love: Profiles in Courage - John F. Kennedy

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A short summary of Profiles in Courage: Integrity in politics.

Questions to ponder while reading Profiles in Courage: Do you know where you stand?
Do your choices matter?
My thoughts about Profiles in Courage: An honest look at honest politicians - even if it was ghostwritten.
An important read for US History.
Many relevant takeaways for today's politics.

A Book to Read and Love: Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market - Walter Johnson

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A short summary of Soul by Soul: A look at the slave markets of the pre-Civil War South.

Questions to ponder while reading Soul by Soul: What is the price of human life?
What is evil?
My thoughts about Soul by Soul: A good look into an American evil.
A well written historical guide.
A must-read.


A Book to Read and Love: 1000 Years of Annoying the French - Stephen Crane

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A short summary of 1000 Years of Annoying the French: All about the back and forth bickering between the Brits and the French.


Questions to ponder while reading 1000 Years of Annoying the French:
Is there more than one version of history?
Does humor help learning?
My thoughts about 1000 Years of Annoying the French: Calling all history buffs!
A great overview of the intermingling history between England and France.
An entertaining learning experience.

A Book to Read and Love: The Other Side of the Sun - Madeline L'Engle

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A short summary of the book The Other Side of the Sun: A British woman learns the secrets of the North American South.

Questions to ponder while reading The Other Side of the Sun: How do you deal with differences?
What would you have done?
My thoughts about The Other Side of the Sun: I loved the literary game (Does anyone want to play?)
A haunting and dark story.
A difficult tale to let go of.

A Book to Read and Love: The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller

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A short summary of The Song of Achilles: Achilles and Patroclus, a love story.


Questions to ponder while reading The Song of Achilles: Have you ever read the Illiad?
What is mercy?
My thoughts about The Song of Achilles: True to the original storyline.
I struggled to put it down.
Mythology has the best stories.

A Book to Read and Love: Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow

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A short summary of Washington: A Life A biography of the first president.

Questions to ponder while reading Washington: A Life What makes a war hero?
Can a good man act badly?
My thoughts about Washington: A Life George is one of my heroes.
I love the "Rules of Civility".
Sometimes, all it takes is doing your best.

Meditation 4.23.19 - A Pen and Ink Tangle

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Dear Henry,

Recently the state of Arkansas passed a law making it illegal for anything other than rice to be called "rice".

You see, due to the paleo/keto craze, "carbs", in the form of rice, wheat, and potatoes, have been subject to a lot of bad press, but because they are still popular foods, many people are turning to alternatives to get their carb fix.

These diets have created a huge industry in substitutions. In addition to zucchini noodles and broccoli tots, you can also get kale chips and cauliflower rice, all designed to satisfy any carb craving you could possibly have while maintaining your eating plan.

In the case of Arkansas, it is the cauliflower "rice" that has caused the recent legislative furor.  Arkansas is the number one grower of rice in the U.S. and is unwilling to accept any confusion regarding rice and its origins.

Cauliflower "rice", in Arkansas, must be called "riced cauliflower".

When I first heard about this l…

The Covenant - James Michener - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of The Covenant: Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of South Africa but were afraid to ask.

Questions to ponder while reading The Covenant: How much do you like to read?
What does your religion say about equality?
My thoughts about The Covenant: This is a huge damn book.
But an engrossing huge damn book.
The Apartheid nonsense was very dumb.