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Lit rec #267: Relive This Classic! “How proud I was a half hour later as I marched ten kids into our kitchen and told them to line up to receive one of Mamma’s delicious oatmeal cookies. Mamma’s attitude puzzled me. She didn’t look pleased and proud as she had with Tom. I caught her giving me a funny look as she held the cookie jar and each kid helped himself to a cookie.” (1972).

The book that started it all. Sven, JD, and of course Tom with his money-loving heart! THE GREAT BRAIN by John D. Fitzgerald


Lit rec #266: Take a Stand. “If you had asked me why I had joined the militia I should have answered: ‘To fight against Fascism,’ and if you had asked me what I was fighting for, I should have answered: ‘Common decency.” (1938).

Part journalism, part novel, a moral compass. An enduring historical document. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA by George Orwell



Lit rec #265: “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them” (1602).

Yellow garters! Shipwreck, cross-dressing, true love. Esp. brought to life by Mark Rylance. TWELFTH NIGHT by Shakespeare.

12th night




Lit rec #264: Be humbled and get angry. “Cora didn’t know what optimistic meant. She asked the other girls that night if they were familiar with the word. None of them had heard it before. She decided that it meant trying” (2016).

Poetic page-turner. Rethink what it means to try to understand the trauma of others. UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead



Lit rec #263: Only Surpassed by Shakespeare in his time (1599).

Some 16th century magic. Thanks to HOL for reminding me of this one. “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe.




Lit rec #262: The Incredible Portrait of Valentino Deng and Sudan (2006).

Required reading.Better than his nonfiction. A horror story,history lesson, & personal epiphany in one. WHAT IS THE WHAT by Dave Eggers.



Lit rec #261: “We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense.” (1957)

How to look at flags, fake wrestling, and most everything else. The bible of semiotics and signifiers. MYTHOLOGIES by Roland Barthes.