Posts Tagged ‘book

02
Feb
16

Propane Jane On “Buyers Remorse”

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14
Dec
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the counter-ISIL campaign in the Pentagon briefing room  in Arlington, Virginia

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First lady Michelle Obama walks with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, and Bo Obama, right, arrives to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives with Stephen Orzechowski to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington

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Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, leans in as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children's National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

First lady Michelle Obama, sitting with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, Bo Obama, second from right, and Luna Fera, 11, answers questions after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama quiets the audience as she answers the question on what she is going to get President Barack Obama for Christmas during a visit to the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Stephen Orzechowski, 5, sits at left, and Bo Obama is at right. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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First lady Michelle Obama greets children after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama poses for photos after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, points to Santa Claus as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, reaches out for Santa's beard as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, raises his hand as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. On the right is the Obama's dog Bo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

First lady Michelle Obama sits with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, center, and Santa Claus as she reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

08
Jan
15

The President’s Day

Children wave at President Barack Obama’s motorcade as he visits Phoenix on Jan. 8

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People wait in line to get into Central High School in Phoenix to see President Obama speak

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President Barack Obama speaks about housing and home ownership and announces a cut in mortgage insurance premiums on Federal Housing Administration loans, at Central High School in Phoenix

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President Obama, joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speaks outside a home in a housing development in Phoenix

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President Obama, joined by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, left, and Chicanos Por La Causa’s Edmundo Hidalgo, right, and David Adame, speaks outside a home in a housing development in Phoenix

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets a woman and child during a visit to a Phoenix neighborhood

A woman is surprised when she runs into President Barack Obama in her neighborhood

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama board Air Force One in AZ, for his trip back the Washington.

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President Barack Obama signs a condolences book during a visit to the French Embassy

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President Obama stands with France’s Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud as he pays his respects over the attack at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, during a visit to the French Embassy in Washington

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31
Dec
14

Photo of the Year: Vote!

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Click to see your Photo of the Year choices – then vote!

Continue reading ‘Photo of the Year: Vote!’

09
Jan
14

Obama Derangement Syndrome Fails Again

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17
Dec
13

Early Bird Chat

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MoooOOOooorning Early Birds! Thank you all for the suggestions for the blog list, added a couple to the previous post and will update the blogroll today. You’re fabulous!

07
Jul
13

Bury Me Standing….

Okay then, what book that you read in your lifetime most impacted/educated you?

I’ll go for ‘Bury me Standing’, it taught me that they are few more oppressed groups on earth in our time than the Roma people – and because their history is largely a spoken one, rather than written, nobody even knows their true story.

And to this day, in Europe especially, they are treated like pure and utter scum. Another, largely, untold story, because, you know, Europe is so civilized.

And, of course, the ‘gypsies’, as a group, were, after the Jewish people, one of the chief victims of the Nazi regime, another story that has, on the whole, been ignored. A people with few friends.

How about you? Name your books.

17
Jun
13

Ireland … Another Image or Two

Niamh Farry (5) sampling some of the G8 ice-cream on sale at Lilley’s garage in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

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12:0 EST: The First Lady will join Irish youth for a special performance by the Riverdance company at the Gaiety Theatre. Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, and Fionnuala Kenny, wife of the Taoiseach, will also attend. The First Lady scheduled to deliver brief remarks before the performance

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Heads up:

Irish channel RTE will have a 30 minute special on the First Lady’s Dublin visit starting at 12:0 EST – here

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First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia with Dr Patrick Prendergast, President and Provost of Trinity College Dublin, during their visit to view the Book of Kells and archives documenting the Obama’s Irish ancestry

….. viewing the Obama Family Collection, with Fiona Fitzsimons, director of genealogy research service Eneclann

Irish Independent: The US First Lady and her two daughters were given a presentation on their family genealogy and connections to Ireland when they visited Trinity College today.

At Trinity, the Obamas visited the Old Library and were shown the Book of Kells, a ninth-century, elaborately decorated gospel manuscript made by Irish monks.

Mrs Obama, Malia and Sasha were also shown the birth registry of President Obama’s Irish ancestors from around the village of Moneygall and old maps detailing the family’s homestead in Co Offaly.

….. President Obama’s distant Irish cousin Henry Healy – who the US leader jokes is known as Henry VIII because of their family ties – presented Michelle and the girls with gifts during their visit to Trinity.

He said both daughters were delighted to get their certificates of Irish heritage. “Both of them were pretty amazed with the certificates,” Mr Healy said. “Competing with their friends, now they can prove they’re more Irish than them.”

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PM Cameron and President Obama help paint a mural at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Northern Ireland

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17
Jun
13

Rise and Shine: Ireland

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“What’s the craic?!”

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Later today – Irish time (five hours ahead of EST):

1:20: The President meets with Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the G8 Summit

2:15: Meets with EU Leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, G-8 Summit Site, Lough Erne, Northern Ireland

2:30: Delivers a statement to the media (9:30 EST – audio only at WHL)

4:20: Greeted by Prime Minister Cameron as a part of the official leader arrivals

4:45: Attends the first plenary session

6:30: Holds a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

8:30: Attends a leaders-only working dinner

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Belfast airport

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The First Lady, Malia and Sasha:

Shortly after their arrival in Dublin from Belfast they will visit Trinity College at lunchtime where they will view the Book of Kells.

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07
May
13

This and That

President Obama with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye in the Oval office today – Photo by Pete Souza

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U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Bi-lateral meeting

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President Obama thanked President Park, who is South Korea’s first female president, for choosing the United States for her first foreign trip. This visit “reflects South Korea’s extraordinary progress over these six decades,” President Obama said, from “the ashes of war, to one of the world’s largest economies; from a recipient of foreign aid to a donor that now helps other nations develop.”

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FLOTUS does a book signing at “Politics & Prose”

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AP story: ” Buy away”

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SF 49er’s SuperBowl QB met FLOTUS and got her to Kaepernick

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24
Nov
12

Buy the Book

Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha in ‘One More Page Books’ on Small Business Saturday, Arlington, Virginia, November 24

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24
Jun
12

Willard For Dummies….

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Back later ;-)

12
Jun
12

Rain or Shine

President Obama makes his way to board Marine One at the White House – the President was headed to Baltimore and Philadelphia to attend campaign fundraisers

…. arriving at Owings Mills, Maryland

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Coming up:

3:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Hyatt Regency, Baltimore – Live Coverage)

7:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Franklin Institute, Philadelphia – Live coverage)

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First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, ‘American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,’ at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, DC

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May
12

I can’t help thinking…..

05
Mar
12

catching up

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Greg Sargent: If there are reasons for President Obama to be optimistic about his reelection chances, one of them has to be this: The two key dynamics driving our politics right now are both playing in his favor. First, economic optimism continues to rise. Second, the GOP primary seems to have left likely nominee Mitt Romney with historically low standing.

The new NBC/WSJ poll finds that Obama has hit the 50 percent approval mark – his highest since Bin Laden’s death. That’s apparently driven by these findings about the economy:

Forty percent believe the economy will improve during the next year, a three-point increase from January. And looking back at the economic recession, 57 percent say that the worst is behind us, while 36 percent say the worst is still to come.

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MSNBC: Just hours after President Obama described to a group of pro-Israel activists the steps he has taken and will take to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, Mitt Romney made a dire prediction about the consequences for that effort if the president is reelected.

“If Barack Obama gets re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change if that’s the case,” Romney (said) in response to a question from an eleven year-old boy…..

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Steven Pearlstein (Washington Post): In case you haven’t noticed, the economy is actually getting better. Noticeably better.

…. On Wall Street, the Dow is at its highest point in nearly four years and Nasdaq at its highest point in a decade, reflecting both record profits and renewed investor confidence. Federal and state tax revenues are beginning to come in better than projected and households are continuing to whittle down their debt, with a savings rate of 4.5 percent. There are even enough green shoots in the housing market to suggest that residential construction might contribute to GDP growth this year rather than subtract from it. Revisions of government data are now reliably up rather than down.

And yet, there are those on the Republican right and the Democratic left who have so much invested in a bad economy that they are reluctant to acknowledge any of this good news.

Full article here

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Steve Benen: Last summer, with gas prices rising, several leading Republicans came up with a curious accusation: President Obama was causing pain at the pump deliberately, as part of some undefined environmental agenda. This odd line was pushed by Haley Barbour and the Koch brothers, among others.

…. I wonder if Republicans seriously expect anyone to believe their rhetoric on this. The argument Americans are supposed to believe is that President Obama, in an election year, not only has the power to manipulate gas prices at will, but is trying to raise them – on purpose – to the dismay of consumers.

The follow-up question is rather straightforward: why on earth would Obama want to do that? It doesn’t even take much in the way of critical thinking skills to know the answer: he wouldn’t.

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ABC: The federal judge who presided over Chrysler’s bankruptcy told ABC News in an exclusive interview that the ailing company could not have survived without taxpayer money.

“The record before the Court was clear that there were no other sources of lending,” said Arthur J. Gonzalez, who served as chief judge of the U.S. bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York … “One thing is clear, without government support in one fashion or another, there were no sources of funding.”

….the new Chrysler is accelerating on the road to recovery, earning $225 million in its most profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy.….

And what about that taxpayer money? The company has paid back all but $1.3 billion of the $12.5 billion that Uncle Sam  loaned it under Presidents Bush and Obama.

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Jerusalem Post: President Shimon Peres on Monday praised US President Barack Obama’s speech to the AIPAC annual policy conference, saying he had offered the maximum support for Israel that an American president could possibly offer.

Peres told Army Radio that Obama made clear that the “security of Israel is a national American interest.” He added that it would be preposterous to expect Obama to give a timetable for possible military action against Iran.

“I don’t expect someone to say when they will do this, and when they will do that, not us or them. It’s not done,” Peres stated. “He didn’t talk about dates, but he spoke about actions,” the president added.

…. The president also expressed satisfaction with Obama’s assertion that diplomacy as a means to solve the Iranian nuclear threat had not been exhausted.

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Charles Pierce: ….. Rush Limbaugh unloads his weepy pilonoidal cyst of an intellect in this fashion on your daughter. Then, as his advertisers run screaming into the night … he finally issues a statement wherein he, essentially, apologizes for:

….. Using the word “slut,” rather than, one supposes, “trollop,” “slattern,” or “lady of the town.” …. For failing clearly to explain his deeply serious political philosophy regarding what is proper to discuss before Congress in these “very serious political times.”….

Does any of that remotely constitute an “apology” to you for what he said about your daughter? Does any of that make you more likely to trust in the good faith of anything this Viagra-sponging pillhead says in the foreseeable future? Does any of that make you less likely to kind of wish, at least in your heart of hearts, that you could perform orthopedic surgery on this guy with a Louisville Slugger?

Thought not.

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Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King leading the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., March 1965

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RCP: You need not look further than this critical swing state to see just how badly Mitt Romney’s vaunted campaign organization lags behind President Obama’s.

Obama for America already has more than a dozen staffers in the Buckeye State, working seven days a week. There are nine offices scattered throughout Ohio where volunteers gather every day to contact voters — and Election Day is still eight months away. And what should send a chill down Romney’s spine is that the same thing is happening in every swing state.

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Extracts (Thanks Dotster)

13
Jan
12

‘those who insult her insult us all’

Kathleen Parker: …..If the first lady isn’t angry, she certainly has every right to be …. Like every woman I know, black or white, I’ve watched Mrs. Obama with respect, admiration and arm-envy. Every woman. We talk about her unique role in American history, and we are proud and impressed…..

Thus, the recent discussion about Mrs. Obama’s manner and temperament, thanks to Jodi Kantor’s new book, “The Obamas,” is maddening …. It may be easy for fortunate whites to say they’ve always been proud of America, though they’re probably lying. It is less easy for someone whose ancestors were slaves and whose own parents remember when blacks couldn’t vote and were lynched for trying in some parts of the country. Given that history, one can forgive a few ill-chosen words uttered in an emotional moment.

But no. Mrs. Obama has been paying for her remarks ever since. If she isn’t smiling at the camera or looking riveted by every instant of her public life, she’s an angry woman.

Despite the pain these critiques cause Mrs. Obama and other African American women who identify with her, I do believe that these feelings are not particularly widespread. Most see the first lady as she is: a beautiful, gracious, intelligent, elegant, devoted wife and mother of whom we can be proud.

Those who insult her insult us all, and, yes, we should be angry.

Full article here

Thanks LOL

08
Jan
12

a word from diane

From Diane (from this comment):

Hi TODers,

I have been a daily lurker here for a long time. So long in fact that I feel that I know most of you. I never had any intentions to actually post a message, but something has been rolling around in my brain for several days and I can’t shake it.

I have been deeply disturbed by the book trashing Michelle Obama. I KNOW that FLOTUS is a strong and confident woman, and I am sure she considers the source and has moved on. However, I put myself in her shoes and I am sure some of these lies must sting. She has worked her heart out for all of us for three years, not counting the grueling campaign to the WH. Is it too much to ask to be treated with respect she has earned and certainly deserves?

So in honor of her, and to assure her that I have her back and that she has my respect and love, I am donating money to the campaign in increments of $24.00 from now on. This $24.00 is the same number of minutes that Jodi Kanter actually spent at the WH. I am planning to send a different friend a card with each $24 donation explaining that this is my personal monetary message of support for the first lady. I will ask each friend to also send a $24 donation and refrain from buying the book (the approximate value of a hard cover book).

I am hoping that other people will also do the same. For each $24 donation Michelle will know that there are many who have her back, and are taking the money Jodi Kantor thought to received and sending it were it truly belongs. Imagine the impact if suddenly $24 donations started pouring in from woman who also encouraged their friends to do the same. It is just a thought and I am doing it, but for some reason I felt I had to share this to see if others here felt the same.

Now that I have gotten that off of my mind, I just want to say how much I love this place and all of you. I may not post again, but I am learning loads from you and I am always here reading your news.

26
Nov
11

a saturday salute

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SmartyPants spotted a brilliant comment under Andrew Sullivan’s post the other day, ‘Why Obama still matters’. It was written by “a black attorney in his 20’s” and, as she said, “he knocked it out of the park”:

…not to be too racial about this, but myself and a lot of my minority friends sense that white liberals’ disappointment from Obama comes from a sense of entitlement.

Unlike affluent white liberals, minorities in this country seem to have a better grasp of a key truth in life: you don’t always get everything you want. We know, if not firsthand then from the stories of our parents, that America isn’t always a nice place, and all you can hope for is incremental change. Unlike a lot of our affluent white liberal friends, we are used to not getting it all and have learned to live with it….

Read the rest at SmartyPants

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Washington Post: President Barack Obama is bringing his family to Towson University, just north of Baltimore, to watch Towson play Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. The first lady’s brother, Craig Robinson, is Oregon State’s head coach.

A year ago:

President Obama gets a hug from his youngest daughter Sasha during an NCAA basketball game between Oregon State and Howard University

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Steve Benen: It’s hard to overstate how much success the United States has had over the last few years against al Qaeda. The terrorist network … has been all but crushed. Remember a few years ago, before the 2008 elections, when Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) proclaimed on Fox News that al Qaeda members would be “dancing in the streets” if Barack Obama were elected president? Well, that turned out to be backwards.

…. in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s demise, the fact remains that al Qaeda, whatever its intentions for the future, has been reduced to a largely defeated force.

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President Obama leaves the athletic facility at Fort McNair in Washington after playing basketball … the President signaled his approval of a deal ending the 149-day lockout between professional basketball players and owners. “Good deal,” he said, giving the thumbs up, when asked about the agreement that ended the NBA strike

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….. visiting Kramerbooks in Washington, Nov. 26

The presidential purchases at the bookstore, according to the White House, included:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – by Brian Selnick

Diary of a Whimpy Kid Cabin Fever – by Jeff Kinney

Tails – by Matthew Van Fleet

Descent into Chaos – by Ahmed Rashid

The Tiger’s Wife – by Tea Obreht

The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – by Junot Diaz

Zen Shorts – by Jon Muth




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