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    The Book of Goose

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    Françoise Sagan

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    Big Red

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    Movie Columnist Louella Parsons

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    If I Survive You

    In If I Survive You, author Jonathan Escoffery portrays a family falling apart with grace. Main character Trelawny, the sensitive second son of Jamaican immigrants, endures racism and confusion. His ...

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    The Rise of Vehicular Homelessness in the U.S.

    In 2018, in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood, a woman named Sabrina Tate died inside her RV. She was almost 28 years old. A chronic drug user, Sabrina may have been killed by an infection. Two men ...

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    Stories from the Tenants Downstairs

    'Everybody got a story, everybody got a tale / Question is: Is it despair or prevail?' These last lines of a short introduction in verse set up Sidik Fofana's aim: to depict the shifting ...

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    Rent Control in New York City

    In Sidik Fofana's Stories from the Tenants Downstairs, gentrification and rent rises pose a threat to the struggling characters living in an apartment building in Harlem. New York City and some ...

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