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3:03pm

Fri May 30, 2014
This Week's Must Read

Bustin' Into June With Sweet, Silly Poetry

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 5:04 pm

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Not a single snowflake was present — in fact, it was a sunny, 75 degree day — when my friend's 6-year-old daughter, Catherine, suddenly sang, "Do you want to build a snowman?" I thought she'd momentarily taken leave of her senses, a swoon brought on by too many Skittles.

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1:04am

Fri May 30, 2014
StoryCorps

Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 11:33 am

On a visit to StoryCorps, Storm Reyes told her son, Jeremy Hagquist, about growing up as a farm laborer. Reyes eventually went to night school and worked in a library for more than 30 years.
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In the late 1950s, when she was just 8 years old, Storm Reyes began picking fruit as a full-time farm laborer for less than $1 per hour. Storm and her family moved often, living in Native American migrant worker camps without electricity or running water.

With all that moving around, she wasn't allowed to have books growing up, Storm tells her son, Jeremy Hagquist, on a visit to StoryCorps in Tacoma, Wash.

"Books are heavy, and when you're moving a lot you have to keep things just as minimal as possible," she says.

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9:06am

Wed May 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Defends Tough Negotiating Tactics

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:17 am

Amazon is "not optimistic that this will be resolved soon," speaking about its dispute with the publisher Hachette. The retailer is not allowing customers to pre-order Hachette's books.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Note: This post was written before news of writer Maya Angelou's death emerged. Annalisa will be away until early next week, but feel free to send her your bookish thoughts and questions on Twitter at @annalisa_quinn.

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6:57am

Mon May 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Killed The Mockingbird? American Classics Cut From British Reading List

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 10:56 am

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird didn't make the cut in the U.K.
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For decades, British students have grown up reading the American classics To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible. Now, if students want to read those books, it will be on their own time. Harper Lee, John Steinbeck and Arthur Miller are out — perhaps replaced by the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and George Eliot.

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5:39am

Fri May 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: NASA Has Free E-Book On Decoding Extraterrestrial Messages

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 1:43 pm

Phone Home? NASA wants us to be ready to understand messages from potentially "a species that is radically Other."
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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