Reading Lists:

These books and movies combine science and history; speculation about the future with an attempt to understand the past. And they're even riddled with marvelous puzzles and paradoxes.

Boisterous, rollicking, and exuberant. These books can't be called bittersweet or subtle, they are belly-laugh books with original, unusual stories.

The sunny skies of California hang above depravity, despair, and a lot of smart quips in these classic mystery stories.

The radio show "This American Life" is one of my favorite radio programs and they produce some great segments that always get me thinking/crying. Lately, they have had some moving pieces on violence, poverty and life on the streets. These are problems in our neighborhoods, communities and nation. Hoping everyone takes some time to listen and read; we need to find a solution.

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