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    The Last Ballad
    by Wiley Cash

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    Ella May WigginsA 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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    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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    Book Jacket: Future Home of the Living God

    Future Home of the Living God
    by Louise Erdrich

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    Louise Erdrich began Future Home of the Living God in 2002, set it aside, and picked it up again in late 2016. To the author (and likely many others), both these years seemed ...

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    Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

    In Future Home of the Living God, some of the inhabitants of the reservation that is home to Cedar's birth mother, encounter a vision of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, causing them to build a shrine in her honor. Tekakwitha was a devoted Catholic who was ... Beyond the Book
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    Book Jacket: The Last Mrs. Parrish

    The Last Mrs. Parrish
    by Liv Constantine

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    Amber has lived in poverty all her life, and she has had enough. Of course, wishing to have money and power doesn't make it so, but Amber isn't one to sit quietly in the ...

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    Familial Co-Authors using One Name

    According to their website, 'Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine.' Hearing this piqued my curiosity regarding, not simply literary collaborations (there are tons of those), but writers who collaborate ... Beyond the Book
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    Book Jacket: Never Coming Back

    Never Coming Back
    by Alison McGhee

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    18 out of 23 reviewers gave Alison McGhee's Never Coming Back a rating of 4 or 5, with an average score of 4.4. Nearly all of them spoke about how the novel touched them ...

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    A Snapshot of the Adirondacks

    Alison McGhee tells her story in Never Coming Back against the backdrop of the wildly varied ecosystems of New York State's Adirondack Region, located in the most northern part of the state close to the borders of Canada and Vermont. The ... Beyond the Book

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    The Second Mrs. Hockaday

    A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how that generation--and the next--began to see their ...

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