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    The Ground Breaking

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    Cultural Recognition of the Tulsa Race Massacre

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    Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

    Rivka Galchen's novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch is a historical fiction tale set in the 17th century in what is now Southwest Germany. Katharina Kepler, mother of famed astronomer Johannes...

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    Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

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    Paradise, Nevada

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    A History of the Vegas Showgirl

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    Things We Lost to the Water

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    The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

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    Black Americans in Paris

    In The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, Opal Jewel finds solace in Paris when her music partner, Nev Charles, has become increasingly unreliable due to an opioid addiction. It begins at Versailles with...

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    Monkey Boy

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