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    After Sappho

    "Someone will remember us, I say, even in another time."
    —Sappho, fragment 147

    "Who was Sappho?" asks Selby Wynn Schwartz in the prologue to After Sappho. An ...

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    The Legacy of Sappho

    Selby Wynn Schwartz's debut novel After Sappho reimagines the lives of early 20th century lesbian authors and artists. The novel tells the story of how these women ignited a radical feminist ...

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    City Under One Roof

    When a disembodied arm and leg wash ashore in Point Mettier, Alaska, most residents assume they belong to someone who died by suicide. But Detective Cara Kennedy, who comes to the town from Anchorage ...

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    North Korean Immigrants in the United States

    In City Under One Roof, some characters living in the small town of Point Mettier, Alaska are hiding their status as undocumented North Korean immigrants. If their secret is discovered, they will face...

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    We Deserve Monuments

    Jas Hammonds' debut young adult novel We Deserve Monuments provides a fresh look at the coming-of-age experience in America today. Avery Armstrong is uprooted from her comfortable upper-middle-class ...

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    Townsizing: Trendy or Timely?

    The city versus country trope is as old as Aesop's fabled mice, yet the debate continues to warrant new narratives. In Jas Hammonds' We Deserve Monuments, the protagonist, Avery Armstrong, puts this ...

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    Factory Girls

    Considering the articles in recent years regarding toy recalls or melamine-tainted milk products, Factory Girls serves as a timely reminder of the human story behind the Chinese ...

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    Immersion Journalism

    Factory Girls is an example of immersion journalism. Immersion journalism involves more depth than traditional newspaper reporting, which is limited by column space and time, and includes less of ...

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    Con/Artist

    As a lover of both art and true crime media, art forgery stories are a goldmine for me. They have all the seediness of the criminal underworld, but centered around art. In my vision of the forgery ...

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    The Famous Forgeries of Han van Meegeren

    In Con/Artist, Tony Tetro explains the value of provenance, meaning how a painting came to be in a seller's possession. Sometimes, the provenance of a forgery is what we remember. In 1945, ...

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    The Grimkes

    Many people familiar with antebellum American history are acquainted with the white Grimke sisters, Sarah and Angelina, famous for leaving behind their privileged southern plantation lives to become ...

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    W. E. B. Du Bois and the Talented Tenth

    Throughout The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family, historian Kerri K. Greenidge repeatedly refers to the postbellum "colored elite" to which the Black Grimke family ...

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