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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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3 Great Books About Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Glamorous Ways

These photos from Cheelah via Flickr taken in 1962 (above) and 1965 (below) made it look like her time as a Pan Am flight attendant was wonderful, despite all the restrictions. I grew up during the 70’s, a decade in which it started to become socially acceptable for even white, middle class married women to …

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“The Secret Life of Groceries”: Is it possible to eat well and trade fairly?

Does “Shopping Carefully” do any good? Many people are aware of abuses in the American food chain and do what they can to spend their money for “good”. Some opt out of eating certain foods altogether, and some pay a premium for foods they believe are ethically produced. The problem is that government agencies are …

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