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“Standing there in my warm house, staring at the frigid conditions outside, I felt the cold reality slap across my face. I haven’t kept my promise.” No child should have to watch his mother leave him to choose to go with a boyfriend. Jimmy did, though. His mother was bipolar […]

Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne


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“I was brought up to believe that everyone brave is forgiven, but in wartime courage is cheap and clemency our of season.” Many fiction books are set in World War II and many romanticize the war. A few show parts of the heartbreak the war brought, but this may be […]

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave


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“He was a beautiful creature, there was not doubt about that. But it wasn’t just that. There was something else about bob. It was his personality that was attracting the attention. People could sense something about him.” James is trying to get his life together. He’s living in housing for […]

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen



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“‘… so many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.'” Miles is a boy who finds no enjoyment in anything. School bores him. He walks quickly from place to place not noticing anything. He finds no enjoyment in any of his toys or books. Then, […]

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster


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“The key to this grand way of living life is submitting to God’s version of fulfillment and abundance instead of insisting He bless, approve, and put the final stamp on our version of things.” What if, instead of creating our bucket lists off of things we want to do, we […]

God’s Bucket List by Teresa Tomeo


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“‘I’m in disguise and running away from my husband’s best friend, who can remember the future,’ she said, because her mind was too full to conjure lies. ‘I’m trying to beat him back to his house now, so that I might steal his clockwork octopus, which runs on random gears.'” […]

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley



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“Forty-three years old, and the war occurred half a lifetime ago, and yet the remembering makes it now. And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That’s what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future.” Tim O’Brien was a soldier in […]

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien


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“Papa grimaced, contemplating the crystal goblet in his hand. ‘What else is left of me but public service when all my private happiness has been so utterly destroyed?'” If only Washington and Jefferson lived in the time of Internet and social media, we would know so much more about their […]

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie


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“Perhaps you already know that the secret to slowing down is simply realizing you woke up to a precious 24-hour gift that is only redeemable today and so you are going to savor it slowly.” We are so busy. Every day. To-do lists, school activities, meals to cook, dishes to […]

The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow By Shawn Fink



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“Wilbur would remark that if he were to give a young man advice on how to get ahead in life, he would say, “Pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” You cannot escape knowing about the Wright Brothers when you live in Ohio. Knowing that […]

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough