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A Book to Read and Love: Dreams, Memories, and Reflections - Carl Jung

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A short summary of Dreams, Memories, and Reflections: The story of Carl Jung.

Questions to ponder while reading Dreams, Memories, and Reflections:
What do you think about when you reflect?
Do you dream?
My thoughts about Dreams, Memories, and Reflections: A must-read if you love psychology, history, or philosophy.
There is so much insight into "where" Dr. Jung came from.
I love that Dr. Jung was a doodler.





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: El Narco - Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency - Ioan Grillo

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A short summary of El Narco: The rise of the Mexican Cartels.

Questions to ponder while reading El Narco: How do we curb demand?
How do we bring justice?
My thoughts about El Narco: An in-depth look at OUR crises.
The carnage is horrific.
We are not handling the problem appropriately.


A Book to Read and Love: Survivors in Mexico - Rebecca West

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A short summary of Survivors in Mexico: Rebecca's observations in Mexico.


Questions to ponder while reading Survivors in Mexico: Is any country easily explained?
Did you find the culture as fascinating as I did?
My thoughts on Survivors in Mexico: Entertaining observations.
Rich in character exploration.
I wish she had gotten to finish the book.

A Book to Read and Love: Be Good - How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything - Randy Cohen

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A short summary of Be Good: How to find your internal North Star.

Questions to ponder while reading Be Good: Is anonymity unethical?
Does self-interest affect your ethics?

My thoughts about Be Good: A good book on ethical dilemmas.
Helps define your responsibilities.
We really need to remember our ethics when we vote.



A Book to Read and Love: Unbearable Lightness - Portia de Rossi

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A short summary of Unbearable Lightness: Portia's personal battle with eating disorders.

Questions to ponder while reading Unbearable Lightness: Honestly, how do you feel about yourself?
Do you need help?
My thoughts about Unbearable Lightness: The book made me cry.
Our beauty standards are, I think, too high, especially for entertainers.
I loved the Degeneres family before - I love them more now.

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.

A Book To Read and Love: My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile - Isabel Allende

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A short summary of My Invented  Country: Isabel's memories of Chile.

Questions to ponder while reading My Invented Country: Did you know Chile had its own 9/11?
Where would you go if you had to emigrate?
My thoughts about My Invented Country: One of my favorite storytellers.
I had no idea you should store china on the bottom shelf.
I have a hankering for empanadas now.

My Own Words - Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of the book My Own Words: Excerpts from the Notorious R.B.G.

Questions to ponder while reading My Own Words:
What is your position on equality?
How precise is your thinking?
My thoughts about My Own Words: An in-depth reference volume of Judge Ginsburg's writings and speeches.
Full of eternally quote worthy information.
The Notorious R.B.G. is a legal genius and definitely worth paying attention too.


Legacy of Ashes:The History of the CIA - Tim Weiner - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Legacy of Ashes: The secrets of the secret organization.

Questions to ponder while reading Legacy of Ashes: Do you believe that covert action is necessary?
Who should the CIA report to?
My thoughts about Legacy of Ashes: This book made me angry because:
I now question the cost of this agency.
I now question the effectiveness of this agency.
I now question the purpose of this agency.

If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran - Carla Power - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of If Oceans Were Ink: A year of study with Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi.

Questions to ponder while reading If Oceans Were Ink: Have you ever examined a faith other than your own?
Do you think there are benefits for following a religious creed?

My thoughts about If Oceans Were Ink: An in-depth look at Islam.
Perception changing.
Engaging and thought-provoking.




Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Orange is the New Black: NOT the T.V. show or stupidity in sentencing laws

Questions to ponder while reading Orange is the New Black:
How do you feel about mandatory sentencing?
Is incarceration really the best option for addiction?
My thoughts on Orange is the New Black: Points at the stupidity of the U.S. Criminal Code.
Incarceration without addiction support does nothing.
Why, WHY haven't we (as a society) figured out how to treat everyone equally?

41 - A Portrait of My Father - George W. Bush - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of 41: Let me tell you about my dad, the president.

Questions to ponder while reading 41: How much do you value friendship?
Do you write letters?
My thoughts about 41: I have changed some perceptions about his presidency.
I truly admire his kindness.
I may try skydiving.

Every Man in This Village is a Liar - Megan K. Stack - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Every Man in this Village is a Liar: A correspondents tale of the Middle East.

Questions to ponder while reading Every Man in this Village is a Liar:
Should we have done more?
By what criteria do we intervene?
My thoughts about Every Man in this Village is a Liar: Huge cultural difference.
Similes abound in this book.
I still don't know why we are even there.

Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and The Assassination of JFK - Gerald Posner - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Case Closed: Shutting the door on the Kennedy Conspiracy Theory.

Questions to ponder while reading Case Closed: Do you believe there was a cover-up?
Did you feel comfortable with the evidence?
My thoughts about Case Closed: In-depth and covers every angle.
Debunks much.
Case closed.

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders - Vincent Bugliosi - Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Helter Skelter: The Prosecutor's case.

Questions to ponder while reading Helter Skelter: Can you ever learn too much about a topic?
Can someone be truly unredeemable?
My thoughts about Helter Skelter: 1969 was a very crazy year.
A good, in-depth look into a disturbing case. 
I am really glad he is gone.

Fat Land - Greg Critser - Summary and Review of a Good Book.

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A short summary of Fat Land:  How America got fat.

Questions to ponder while reading Fat Land: How much processed food do you eat?
Has the global agricultural revolution hurt or helped our diets?
My thoughts on Fat Land: A great look at the dietary mishaps of the U.S.
There is no single smoking gun.
Check your labels, check your waistline.

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields - Wendy Lower - The Summary and Review of a Good Book

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A short summary of Hitler's Furies: How Nazi women kept busy during the war.

Questions to ponder while reading Hitler's Furies:
Are women just as capable of evil as men?
Could you have maintained your values during that time?
My thoughts about Hitler's Furies: It made my heart hurt.
WWII was such a horrible time.
Feminism includes acknowledging that women can also be accomplished in evil.

A Book to Read and Love: John Adams - David McCullough - Summary and Review

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A short summary of John Adams: The life of the 2nd president.

Questions to ponder while reading John Adams: Did you realize the Founding Fathers were so human?
Did you realize John Adams was so stubborn and opinionated?

My thoughts about John Adams: I wish I were so well read.
I admire the principles of John Adams.
I love how human he is.