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Books That Will Change Your Life from Our Friends at Just The Right Book!

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In many of Roxanne Coady’s podcasts, she has posed the question, “What is the book that changed your life?” Roxanne has found that, many of the names of the books that guests will offer, are poignant and personal in some way, and as she says, “inevitably they become a list of books that you are dying to read.” That’s why today, on a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast, we offer you some favorite stories that have been collected over the past forty episodes! We have 25 new suggestions for you to take a look at if you are looking to start a new book over the Labor Day Weekend.     Books in this episode: The Broke…

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To Harriet, on her 50th birthday: contemporary writers reflect on the influence of HARRIET THE SPY

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In the beginning, there were stories. Always stories. And with stories come writers. So begins Louise Fitzhugh’s 1964 classic, Harriet the Spy:    Harriet was trying to explain to Sport how to play Town. “See, first you make up the name of the town. Then you write down the names of all the people who live in it. You can’t have too many or it gets too hard. I usually have twenty-five.”    “Ummmmm.” Sport was tossing a football in the air. They were in the courtyard of Harriet’s house on East Eighty-seventh Street in Manhattan.    “Then when you know who lives there, you make up what they do. For instance, Mr. Charles Hanley runs the filling station on…

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