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Having and Being Had
by Eula Biss

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This came on my radar from the Chataqua Literary awards list, which I have always had good luck with. I wasn't sure what to expect, just that it was a commentary on capitalism. It was a terrific, enjoyable read and I was laughing out loud often---sometimes from identifying with the situation she was writing about, often times due to her writing style and dry wit. This was a quick read with short digestible essays on a vagary of topics related to work, life choices, money, art, capitalism and values. There were also many interesting asides that I took note of, which left me thinking. For example, when you visit a museum, do you think about where the money came from to fund it? I once had a fabulous day in New York City at the Guggenheim with my son; it's a treasured memory still. But tainted a bit now, as I learned from Biss's writing that the fortune of the Guggenheim Foundation, one of the wealthiest in the world, comes from mining, including diamonds in the Belgian Congo. I'm not so thrilled with my museum visit any longer. It was fun to learn that William Faulkner dropped out of college, then got fired from his postmaster job at the university because he was in the back writing while customers were out front waiting (and he was throwing out mail!). So he took a night job at the university's power plant, where not much happened between midnight and 5 AM. He flipped over a wheel barrow, and wrote As I Lay Dying. Wonderful! I enjoyed the book enough that I already would read it again, so it looks like I need to have my own copy; something fun, amusing, and contemplative by my side as I make purchasing decisions and life choices out in the world.

Fighting caravans
by Zane Grey

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Loved the book because it was relaxing and relieving. And also it talks about a dog versus a wolf that is wild.

Real, Not Perfect
by Stephanie Coleman

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Real, Not Perfect is a sad but uplifting story about a teen named Tessa and her struggles in the family life, friend life, school life, and relationship life. Stephanie Coleman writes an intriguing novel that i have already read so many times. It also shows how to stay close to Jesus, and i truly appreciate that!! It is book one in a series of four, about four friends: Tessa, Shay, Izzie, and Amelia. A good read, and i recommend it to all teenage girls ready for a good read!!

Charlotte’s Web
by E.B. White

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I liked “Charlotte’s Web” because it was about a pig who made friends with a spider. Since they were friends, Charlotte did many things for Wilbur, like saving his life.

The Elephant In The Room
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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The Elephant In The Room is a great book. Sila's mom had to go to Turkey to take care of immigration problems, and is gone for longer than expected. Sila and her dad meet a man named Gio, who buys an elephant, Veda. Sila and her new friend, Mateo, help take care of Veda over the summer. Veda helps Sila forget about her mom being away.

Stir Of Echoes
by Richard Matheson

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I had seen the movie but was curious about the book due to the differences in the movie and story of "I Am Legend."

Captain Underpants And The Tyrannical Retaliation Of The Turbo Toilet 2000
by Dav Pilkey

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I liked this book. My favorite author, Dav Pilkey made it. I gave it a 4 star.

The Cardboard Kingdom
by Chad Sell

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This book was about creativity and imagination. It was fun to read and I would recommend it to people that enjoy fantasy.

Sithrah
by Jason Brubaker

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Sithrah is unique and beautiful. A comic book with interesting and cartoonish characters, Jason Brubaker weaves an amazing story. This is a six book series, two of which have read and thoroughly enjoyed and cherish.

Little Blue Truck Leads The Way
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Not as good as the original...