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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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The Surprising Favorite Books of World War 2 American Soldiers

Public domain Being in the military, whether during peace or war, can be incredibly boring. If you’ve ever served or been around the military, you will know that waiting takes up a lot more of your time than you’ve ever imagined.  Imagine adding that to the stress of actual battle, and you can imagine how …

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Map What You Read: Making Literature Trips with Google Drive

Book Mapping In 2013, I attended a “Google Educational Summit” while I was working in Tokyo. During that conference, I learned about using Google Maps in the classroom, and the thing that stuck with me is its application to the study of literature. My time teaching overseas made me aware of the importance of connecting …

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“Pride and Prejudice”: What was really going on in Elizabeth Bennet’s home, Longbourn?

Longbourn is an “alternative” version of Pride and Prejudice that is told from the point of view of the “below stairs” family.  You might think that calling them the below stairs family is pushing it a bit, but you will find out, if you read that book, that my phrasing is pretty accurate.  Buy on …

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