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3 books that celebrate the Black experience to read this Juneteenth

3 books that celebrate the Black experience to read this Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a 157-year-old holiday that celebrates the liberation of Black Americans from slavery. It’s also an annual reminder of the systemic racism, oppression and brutality Black people have faced in America. However, if you’d like to spend the holiday enjoying stories about Black empowerment, triumph and purpose, Nakisha Lewis, president and CEO of Breakthrough, …

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Patricia Hruby Powell |  Gruesome but valuable |  Books

Patricia Hruby Powell | Gruesome but valuable | Books

In a 1924 wealthy neighborhood of Chicago, Nathan Leopold, 19, and Richard Loeb, 18, randomly murdered Bobbie Franks, 14, to show they could execute the perfect crime. In “Murder Among Friends” (Anne Schwartz Books 2022), the award-winning nonfiction author Candace Fleming tells of the family lives of each perpetrator as well as that of the …

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An old dial-up modem. This is the type of modem where a phone handset sits in the modem cradle. Shallow depth of field.

Hitting the Books: What life on the internet was like at 300 bits per second

As distressing a prospect it may sound, our world did exist before social media. Those were some interesting times with nary a poorly lit portion of Cheesecake Factory fare to critique, exactly zero epic fails to laugh at and not one adorable paw bean available for ogling. There weren’t even daily main characters! We lived …

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Reynolds' education pitch: Drag shows and pornographic books

Reynolds’ education pitch: Drag shows and pornographic books

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds addresses supporters during a campaign event for her reelection on Friday, March 11, 2022, the Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Maybe you missed it, but Gov. Kim Reynolds launched her fall re-election campaign at the Republican Party of Iowa state convention last weekend. She struck a positive tone in …

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"Sleepwalk"

From novels to literary dinner parties, here are seven great summer reads

What would summer be without books? Books that mirror the weather — sizzling with the hint of a breeze; books that free you to chase your latest literary obsession through the season’s laziest hours; books that become trusted companions for the road. From personality-driven novels to spiritual memoirs and books as dinner parties, here are …

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