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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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African Americans visit a bookmobile in North Carolina, 1950

“Americanon”: How to Understand Americans Through Books

Americanon is not the best book I’ve ever read…and “books about books” are a favorite of mine…but the premise is interesting. If you are an American, you might laugh in surprise or recognition as you find out “why we are the way we are.” If you aren’t American, well, ok, you’re still probably going to …

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cover of "The Children's Blizzard"

Loved “The Children’s Blizzard”? Try these.

The Children’s Blizzard is not the best book ever written, but the topic is certainly interesting, and something you might want to know more about. Because children figured so heavily in this naturally disaster, children’s books are good options as read alongs when they are studying natural disasters, and there are several good books written …

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