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    The Last Ballad
    by Wiley Cash

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    A hundred years ago or so, farming land west of Charlotte, North Carolina was given over to giant textile mills. The town of Gastonia was called the "City of Spindles" and ...

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    Beyond the Book: A Brief Look at the American Communist Party and Labor Unions

    America prospered at the turn of the 20th century, but that prosperity wasn't reflected in working conditions or compensation for laborers. Many on the left felt the American Federation of Labor leadership was corrupt and began to support ... Beyond the Book
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    The Graybar Hotel
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    We – those of us on the outside – are lucky. So very lucky. We get to experience life – all of it, including every insipid moment. The prisoner in the short ...

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    Beyond the Book: The Rise of the Prison-Industrial Complex

    The Graybar Hotel makes one reflect on the incarceration rates in the United States and the reason for its explosion over recent decades. Readers might remember the George H. W. Bush vs. then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis presidential ... Beyond the Book
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    We Own the Sky
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    Rob and Anna Coates have an idyllic life together; they have successful careers, love each other beyond reason, and have a beautiful five-year-old boy, Jack. Concern begins to...

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    Beyond the Book: Brain Cancer in Childhood

    In Luke Allnutt's novel, We Own the Sky, five-year-old Jack Coates is diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. According to the American Cancer Society, brain tumors are 'masses of abnormal cells in the brain or spinal cord that have grown out ... Beyond the Book
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    Some Trick
    by Helen DeWitt

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    In this erudite collection of 13 stories, Helen DeWitt explores the theme of stymied creativity, particularly as a result of financial and bureaucratic intrusions into the ...

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    Beyond the Book: Roland Barthes and "The Death of the Author"

    In DeWitt's story 'Famous Last Words,' two characters argue over the interpretation of an essay by Roland Barthes called 'The Death of the Author,' and whether its message is still relevant for writers. Roland Barthes was a French philosopher and ... Beyond the Book

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