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Posted on June 28, 2021 at 9:55 AM by Genesis Gaule
Shift gears and join our Community Reading Challenge! Read anything--the newspaper, an e-book, instructions to your child's playset--and then stop in and fill out a gear to add to our reading machine.
Don't Call it a Cult by Sarah Berman
The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM // In 1934, aided by a California eugenics law, the socialite Maryon Cooper Hewitt had her "promiscuous" daughter declared feebleminded and sterilized without her knowledge. When a sensational court case ensued, the American public was captivated. So were eugenicists, who saw an opportunity to restrict reproductive rights in America for decades to come.
Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest // Simard brings to light the fascinating and vital truths; that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complex, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.
Spark by Claudia Kalb
How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers // What propels some individuals to reach extraordinary creative heights in the earliest years of life while others discover their passions decades later? Are prodigies imbued with innate talent? Claudia Kalb explores these questions to discover what makes a prodigy and what drives a late bloomer.
Murder at the Mission by Samantha Bell
A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West // In 1836, two missionaries and their wives were among the first Americans to cross the Rockies by covered wagon on what would become the Oregon Trail. Both men failed as missionaries, but, by inventing a story, they helped to fuel a massive Westward migration that would eventually devastate those that they had originally set out to save.
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