Staff Picks: Men-Children, Motown, and Middle Age

Jennifer Croft. Of late, I’ve encountered a cluster of victorious, independent teens in my reading. In Tara Westover’s Educated, Tara splits from her Idaho family’s abuse to thrive in the British education system. In Lara Prior-Palmer’s Rough Magic, Lara decamps from a posh English upbringing to ride a pony across the Mongolian-Manchurian steppe. A similar

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The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

B The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett September 3, 2019 · Simon Pulse Teen FictionHistorical: EuropeanYoung Adult The Lady Rogue is a charming, magical, and exhilarating adventure across 1930s Romania. If the premise seems reminiscent of Indiana Jones, there’s a good reason for it. With treasure-hunting galore and reckless protagonists getting themselves entangled with ancient

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Well Met by Jen DeLuca

B Well Met by Jen DeLuca September 3, 2019 · Berkley Historical: EuropeanScience Fiction/FantasyYoung Adult Well Met is a charming but slight romantic comedy about a person finding new self-esteem and purpose with a romance on the side. The romance is probably supposed to be more central but although I enjoyed it, it is the least

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A Recommended Mystery, Maya Rodale, & More

Polaris Rising RECOMMENDED: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik is $1.99! This is a sci-fi romance that released earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. You can read my A- here: I am so incredibly happy that this book is in the world, especially after feeling like I’ve exhausted all my sci-fi romance options. Polaris Rising is

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Civility and Its Discontents

“Civility,” Keith Thomas notes, “was (and is) a slippery and unstable word.” “Civil” and “civilian” evoke the social life of a people not under military rule, the world of the civitas—the organized community—the only place, according to Aristotle and Cicero, where the good life is possible. While “courtesy” relates to the values of the court,

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