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Reading James Baldwin’s ‘Giovanni’s Room,’ I Realized What I Wanted To Do: I Wanted To Make A Stranger Feel What I Felt Just By The Words I Chose

Reading James Baldwin’s ‘Giovanni’s Room,’ I Realized What I Wanted To Do: I Wanted To Make A Stranger Feel What I Felt Just By The Words I Chose

May 1, 2014


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In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book “Giovanni’s Room” had made me want to be a writer. He looked me up and down and asked, “Do your parents know?” I was earnest and si...

A ‘Mockingbird’ For A New Generation

A ‘Mockingbird’ For A New Generation

May 1, 2014


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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” — Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” “To Kill a Mockingbird...

The Romance Reader: ‘Night Diver’

The Romance Reader: ‘Night Diver’

April 10, 2014


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By Lezlie Patterson McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) “Night Diver” by Elizabeth Lowell; William Morrow ($26.99) ——— Elizabeth Lowell’s characters are often snide, cynical and sarcastic, and she did not deviate from this form in “Night Diver.” But in this case, it adds a bit t...

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