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A group of 1960's teens hang out together.

Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads: Remember church youth group?

Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads novel is also possibly the greatest name for a church youth groups I’ve ever heard. This is a subculture this man knows about. How many of us were a part of one, at least briefly? I remember it as being just as weird as author Franzen describes it, for just as many …

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A young Langston Hughes stands outside his high school in the snow.

Poet Langston Hughes’ Novel “Not Without Laughter”

The Novel You Need to Read You probably know of Langston Hughes’ poetry, but did you know that he also wrote prose?  It isn’t nearly as well known as his poetry, but as I recently discovered, Langston Hughes’ novels and stories are definitely worth a read. The way I found this book proves the importance …

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