Spanning a short 192 pages, Angelou tells snippets of her life in a series of 28 essays and poems. Angelou was 81 years-old when when Letter to My Daughter was published. Her life experiences shine in this collection dedicated to “the thousands of daughters” that she has all around the world.

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hether you’re stuck at home this summer or road tripping across the country, cooped up in an office most of the week or exploring the great outdoors, it’s my opinion that you should be devoting a chunk of your summer to leisure reading. Here are several recommendations to get your literary adventuring started. There’s something …

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (who used to write for Arrested Development, all you Bluth fans out there) was recommended to me by none other than our own book reviewer, Manuela Aronofsky, whom I would trust with my book-life and my real-life, so I did not hesitate to buy it.

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50 Revelations from the Heart by Sally Ann F. Phillips is a simple, easy read. Yet in its simplicity, this book of yogic thoughts offers significant life-truths that one can’t afford to let go forgotten. And beneath each revelation, Phillips offers brief reflection. For example: #19: “Your Greatest Teachers May Be People You Don’t Really …

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are few things in life I adore more than a strong, courageous, independent, kickass female adventurer protagonist gracing the pages of a young adult novel. You know the young women I’m talking about*: Caddie Wodlawn, Jo March, Hermione Granger, Cassie Logan, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Katniss Everdeen, Meg Murry, Scout Finch, Claudia Kincaid, and Anne …

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[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]s a reader of copious contemporary novels, and regrettably few classics I “keep meaning to get to,” I often find myself sighing when I crack open yet another story consisting of weblike plotlines, multi-generational histories, so-many-characters-you-need-a-family-tree/precisely-annotated-checklist, and that increasingly common motif of “well, it was sort of a book of short stories, but they …

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