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    Win Me Something

    Kyle Lucia Wu's Win Me Something opens with a young woman named Willa explaining that she did not feel cared for in the family environment in which she was raised. Yet she has applied to care for ...

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    Willa Cather and the American Outsider Experience

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    The Island of Missing Trees

    The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak tells a tale of generational trauma, explores identity and pays homage to the natural world in prose so lyrical it melts into your very spirit. Oscillating ...

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    Colonialism's Ecological Damage in Cyprus

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    The Correspondents

    In the introduction to The Correspondents, author Judith Mackrell points out that although there had been women journalists reporting from the front lines of earlier wars, it was the Second World War ...

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    The Spanish Civil War

    Several of the women highlighted in Judith Mackrell's The Correspondents started their journalistic careers covering the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Spain had been in political turmoil for many ...

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    The Lincoln Highway

    Things look bleak for Emmett Watson in June of 1954. The 18-year-old has just been released from a boys' detention center in Kansas, where he served a little over a year for his role in an accidental ...

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    Studebaker and the Land Cruiser

    In The Lincoln Highway, the main characters undertake a would-be cross-country road trip in Emmett Watson's pride and joy, a 1948 powder-blue Studebaker Land Cruiser. The Studebaker company, ...

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    Tenderness

    Alison MacLeod's historical fiction book Tenderness considers what may have happened behind the scenes of British novelist D.H. Lawrence's life while he imagined and wrote his controversial 1928 novel...

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    The Tempestuous History of Lady Chatterley's Lover

    During the 1920s, author D.H. Lawrence wrote several manuscript versions of his famous Lady Chatterley's Lover, as is reflected in Alison MacLeod's 2021 historical novel Tenderness. Lawrence's ...

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    The Sentence

    Tookie, the middle-aged Ojibwe bookseller and ex-convict who serves as first-person narrator in Louise Erdrich's The Sentence, tells a story bursting with bizarre but smoothly related details. She ...

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    Birchbark Books

    Tookie, the protagonist of The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, works in a Minneapolis bookstore called Birchbark Books, which is owned by Erdrich herself both in reality and this work of fiction. As is ...

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