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? Richter, Conrad.  The Sea of Grass.  New York: Knopf, 1937. Conrad Richter is best known for his Awakening Land trilogy about the settlement of the Ohio frontier: The Trees (1940), The Fields (1946), and The Town (1950).  But Richter’s earliest stories and novels were set on the later…

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But that is the fault of neither the poets nor their poems. (Except perhaps for one or two poems about delicious meals.) Truth be told, I would probably have gotten fat even if I were illiterate. Probably fatter. Poems are high-calorie brain food, but they so fire the mind…

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? McMurtry, Larry.  Lonesome Dove.  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1985. One of the most prolific American novelists of the postwar period, Larry McMurtry has explored the history and culture of the West from the frontier era to the current period.  He has skillfully spun sequels and prequels from…

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? Manfred, Frederick.  Lord Grizzly.  New York: McGraw, 1954. Frederick Manfred was a giant of a man who had giant literary ambitions that he never quite fulfilled.  But, in the effort, he produced a diverse and very substantial body of work.  For the most part, his fictions explore the…

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The first item is from the Huffington Post. Written by Andy McDonald, it is a fill-in-the-blanks template for the acceptance speeches made by those who win Academy Awards. It is available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/18/oscar-acceptance-speech-mad-lib-photo_n_6708368.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003 It goes a long way toward clarifying why the red-carpet interviews have become almost as interesting…

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Business Insider found an inspiring quotation from each of the presidents. The full item from Business Insider is available at: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-inspirational-quotes-from-us-presidents-2015-2 You will probably be surprised by how often the presidents have emphasized the value of persistence. I have turned that item in Business Insider into a quiz. The…

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