Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Quote from "Upton and the Army" that reads, "Men, your friends at home and your country expect every man to do his duty on this occasion. Some of us have got to die, but remember you are going to heaven." Quote from "Upton and the Army" that reads, "Men, your friends at home and your country expect every man to do his duty on this occasion. Some of us have got to die, but remember you are going to heaven."

Upton and the Army by Stephen E. Ambrose came to us before we met the Band of Brothers or learned about Undaunted Courage. Ambrose’s first book, Upton and the Army was published in 1963. This was before Watergate and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassination. And it was before the country knew it had in Ambrose…

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Image of flowers blooming in a field below the words "Book Giveaway May 2017". Image of flowers blooming in a field below the words "Book Giveaway May 2017".

The Book Giveaway May 2017 happens this week! This month I’m giving away Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. All you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017, to be eligible. (Open only to U.S. residents.) Actually, there’s something else you have to do if you win. You have…

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is an immigrant story. But it may not be the immigrant story you expect. You could say immigrants are having a bit of a moment right now. Seemingly a week cannot pass without the President of the United States saying something about immigrants. And then there’s that whole wall thing. Of…

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"38 Books to Read in 2017" written above 38 book icons. "38 Books to Read in 2017" written above 38 book icons.

At first, my books to read in 2017 list wasn’t for you. It was for me. But of course, a reading list is a great way to discover your next book. After all, we glom over Stephen King’s reading list. A popular book blog regularly publishes reading lists. Another blog, Brain Pickings, highlights notable folks’ reading recommendations. And…

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Photo of an open book on a table with eyeglasses resting on the book. Below the book are the words, "30 books read in 2016." Photo of an open book on a table with eyeglasses resting on the book. Below the book are the words, "30 books read in 2016."

There were classics and there were new books. There were two weeks in China in which books about China accompanied me. There were authors newly discovered and previously read authors revisited. More than anything, 2016 was the year in which I rededicated myself to reading. Halfway through 2016, I realized my folly. Actually, Stephen King helped…

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