La Josephine! La Baker!

Josephine Baker rose from poverty and abuse in St. Louis to stardom on the Paris stage before she was 20. She got her start catering to exoticism in a banana skirt, but spoke out against all kinds of racism and, unable to have biological children, adopted a "rainbow tribe" of twelve. Perhaps her greatest work…
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Such Devoted Sisters

I, like many people, have a sister. She lives far away and we don't see each other very often, but I love her and she's often in the back of my mind. Today, I want to look at novels about sisters, the things that part them, the things they don't know about each other, and…
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Guides to Gotham

I'm headed on a family vacation soon to New York City, and on a bit of a whim, I picked up A Book Lover's Guide to New York. I am so glad I did. Cleo Le-Tan covers the city from the Bronx to Brooklyn, with landmarks, bookshops, and libraries(!) of interest to anyone of a…
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A Thousand Ways To Go Home Again: Celestial Bodies Readalikes

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize, Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi chronicles the changes in Oman during the past century. The waning of slavery and the loosening of traditional strictures are major themes of this novel, taking the form of a family saga. Love doesn't always come from where it's supposed to, and the…
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