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I am Malala

I loved this book. I’ve always been curious about Malala and enjoyed reading more about her personal life and what drives her to speak out for the education of young girls. Malala’s cowriter, Christina Lamb, contributed some of the deeper historic information and Malala’s more typical teen perspective brought realism to the conflicts and difficulties […]

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Olive Kitteridge

Some people won’t care for this book because the main character, Olive, has deep flaws. Others won’t like it because many of the stories involve middle-aged and older characters. For these reasons, I’m glad that I waited until I was in my 50s to read this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of linked stories. The writing is […]

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Chocolat

Thoughtful, compelling, sometimes mystical story about a woman discovering her strength(s) and empowering herself and others. Set in a small town, Lansquenet—sous-Tannes during the Easter season, Vianne is declared a witch and becomes a thorn in the local priest’s side. Her chocolat shop is directly across from Cure/Pere Reynard’s church and she opens it on […]

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DCL Director Tammy Baggett Visited Washington, DC for ConnectED Workshop

Durham County Library Director Tammy Baggett along with Commissioner Michael D. Page, chairman of the Durham Board of County Commissioners, joined more than 90 officials from 45 communities across the country in Washington D.C. on January 19 to explore strategies for creating strong partnerships to ensure that all school children have easy access to the […]

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The Places That Scare You

This is the 2nd book I’ve read by Pema Chodron, and this one is also written in her very clear, very honest style. She has the ability to make clear analogies between ancient Buddhist precepts and current lifestyles and problems encountered. This is such a helpful book, explaining why we should stay in our moments […]

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Inventing the Victorians

If you have an interest in Victorian history, read this book. I mean it. Get it and read it. Matthew Sweet does a wonderful job of diving into the assumptions and mythology we have created around the Victorians. And tearing them apart. Since Mr. Sweet is a journalist by trade, he does a wonderful job […]

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Son

I received this book when it first came out in 2012 as a Christmas gift. It had been given to me since I was excited to see a book connected to “The Giver” which I had read in middle school. When I went to the library years later (2015) to check out the audio book […]

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