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Antonia Murphy and her family move from San Francisco to New Zealand expecting a quiet, peaceful life in the country where their children can…

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In The Republic of Imagination, Nafisi is bold about asking and tackling some tough questions. Are the humanities important to us? If so, is that…

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If you read one of the forty (brief) chapters of Every Valley each day beginning in Advent, it will take you through the twelfth day…

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Capturing Music is an “entertaining history of how musicians learned to record music for all time, filled with art that sings.” This is the…

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October 31 is full of celebration! It’s Halloween. It’s Reformation Day. And for the Girl Scouts of the USA, it’s Founder’s Day, the day…

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Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner

I have a working knowledge of Italian, enough that I can read and write it, and I do fairly well when listening, too. But…

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Never Pray Again by Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson

I heard about Never Pray Again from a friend and was completely intrigued. I visited the authors’ website, Two Friars and a Fool, and read, listened,…

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