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November Book Recommendations

Curated by Mariel Ariwi
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson’s measured, reflective prose forces you to slow down and to read at a leisurely pace. Gilead is a story about an aging minister in a small, rural town in America who is writing his memoirs before his approaching death. Through her characters, Marilynne Robinson thoughtfully explores the return of a prodigal son to his father, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the small joys and wonder of an ordinary life. 

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Barack Obama reflects on and examines the legacy of his presidency in this first volume of his memoirs. Starting with his campaign for state senate and ending with the death of Bin Laden and the rise of the birtherism movement, Obama writes openly and candidly about his self-doubt, decision making process, and motivations. His descriptions of people and anecdotes about the frustrations of law and policy-making stand out as particularly humorous and vivid passages in this detailed reflection on American democracy.

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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson’s measured, reflective prose forces you to slow down and to read at a leisurely pace. Gilead is a story about an aging minister in a small, rural town in America who is writing his memoirs before his approaching death. Through her characters, Marilynne Robinson thoughtfully explores the return of a prodigal son to his father, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the small joys and wonder of an ordinary life

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Felicity by Mary Oliver

A slim collection from the masterful poet Mary Oliver, the poems in Felicity address themes of beauty, love, and happiness. For people who have never read poetry before but want to start, Mary Oliver and Felicity are a wonderful place to begin. 

Felicity by Mary Oliver

A slim collection from the masterful poet Mary Oliver, the poems in Felicity address themes of beauty, love, and happiness. For people who have never read poetry before but want to start, Mary Oliver and Felicity are a wonderful place to begin. 

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Barack Obama reflects on and examines the legacy of his presidency in this first volume of his memoirs. Starting with his campaign for state senate and ending with the death of Bin Laden and the rise of the birtherism movement, Obama writes openly and candidly about his self-doubt, decision making process, and motivations. His descriptions of people and anecdotes about the frustrations of law and policy-making stand out as particularly humorous and vivid passages in this detailed reflection on American democracy.

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