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Summertime Reading
I hope you are enjoying your summer of reawakening, travel, and getting out there  Whether it's travel, reconnecting with family and friends, or reading a good book, it's all our great adventure of getting back to normal.                                                                     I hope you enjoy these book too!.

Perch•Preen at
Koehnline Museum of Art
DesPlaines, Illinois
Shades of Chaos Anthology published by Write Volumes has generously included my           "Glints, Comets, Ticks, and Warblers" short story.
 The Once and Future King is an inspiration for JK Rowlings Harry Potter series.  Who knew Harry is King Arthur, Ron Beasley is Lancelot and Hermione Granger is Guenevere?  Yep, Malfoy is Mordred and Dumbledore is Merlin!  The Once and Future King by T.H.White a fun and action-packed read written in four "page-turner" books
 The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois carries us through generations of Ailey' Pearl Garfield's family with roots in Africa, the eastern United States, and three cultures: White, Black, and Indigenous Americans.  The Love Songs of W.E.B.Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers is a must-read!
Dr. Nora E. Taplin-Kaguru's Grasping the American Dream explains the current home buyers' dilemma of paying more and getting less particularly from the working class African-American lens.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon was an action-packed part of Dan's and my television watching during the past three years. The book is better written than the series.  Here are the first two sentences:  "It wasn't a very likely place for the disappearances, at least at first glance. Mrs. Baird's was like a thousand other Highland bed and breakfast establishments in 1945: clean and quiet, with fading floral wallpaper, gleaming floors, and a coin-operated hot-water geyser in the lavatory."
I'm a long-time fan of Lousie Erdrich's engaging stories of the Indigenous peoples of the United States wince reading Yellow Raft in Blue Water.  In The Night Watchman, Louise Erditch brings us to the Cheppewa council members in North Dakaota.  I've just started the book, so more soon!  The Night Watchman's first two sentences at Turtle Mountain Jewel Bearing Plant:  Thomas Wazhashz removed his thermos from his armpit and set it on the steel desk alongside his scruffed briefcase. His work jacket went on the chair, his lunch box on the cold windowsill.
Frank McCourt is another favorite author of 'Tis, Angela's Ashes, and Teacher Man. This summer I read Teacher Man for the second time after my daughter, a teacher, moved to Brooklyn.  I was inspired the first read, so enjoyed this storyteller's life between administration and students in a place he was challenged every moment for decades.  We are told some prize moments. In the Prologue: "If I knew anything about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis I'd be able to trace all my troubles to my miserable childhood in Ireland"
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