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Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Mary Helen Washington, Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Days of Greatness
Walter Kempowski
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Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown

The Pleasure of Reading to Impress Yourself

"But there are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained. There is the pleasure of being challenged; the pleasure of feeling one’s range and capacities expanding; the pleasure of entering into an unfamiliar world, and being led into empathy with a consciousness very different from one’s own; the pleasure of knowing what others have already thought it worth knowing, and entering a larger conversation."