“Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America” by Elise Hooper

“Learning to See” by Elise Hooper is an historical fiction based on the life of Dorothea Lange, an American documentary photographer. The photojournalist work of Lange covers the Great Depression, the resettlement of farm families and migrant workers, and the 1940’s Japanese internment. I decided to read this book because of my interest for photography. Besides […]

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“The Biggest Little Farm” DVD Documentary

John and Molly Chester always had a “someday” dream of starting their own farm. That plan kept getting delayed until one day their landlord gave them an ultimatum: get rid of your dog, or move. They, of course, immediately planned to move and decided that it was time to make that someday dream a reality: […]

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“How to Get Away” by Jon Staff & Pete Davis

The digital age has its benefits, but with them have come widespread feelings of imbalance. We are over-connected and overworked. We suffer from social and technology overload. We rarely experience the joy of solitude or the respite of nature. We are always on. We never turn off. In How to Get Away, Jon Staff and […]

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“Severance” by Ling Ma

An object that’s in motion stays in motion. So much so is Candace Chen’s life. Even though it’s the same roundabout thing day in and day out; a biblical level plague isn’t even enough to knock her off her trajectory. Candace has become so used to life in her own monotonous bubble that even when […]

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“This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel

In her novel “This is how it always is”, Laurie Frankel addresses a controversial topic in a loving and compassionate way.  This is the story of Rosie and Penn, parents of 5 sons: Roo, Ben, Rigel, Orion, and Claude.  However, Claude is not like his older brothers.  Instead of GI Joes, he prefers Barbie dolls.  […]

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