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Water Cooler: Books that will teach you about Hispanic American experiences

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 20, 2021

What better tool is thereto learn more about Hispanic American life and history than a book? Here is a list of fiction by Hispanic American authors and nonfiction on Hispanic American history to help you commemorate the contributions and experiences of Hispanic Americans through Oct. 15 and beyond.

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Water Cooler: Books for back to school

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 7, 2021

Starting a new school year can be overwhelming. So many things are new, from friends to teachers, subjects and schedules. If your child is feeling a bit stressed or unsure about the new school year, here are a few books that might help put some of their worries at ease.
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Sara Pennypacker explores loss, nature in new ‘Pax’ novel

Sara Pennypacker often kept to herself as a child in school, the kid who opted to read quietly and kept a bright blue notebook with her so she could craft written stories. Once for a class assignment, she submitted one of those stories to her teacher.
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Summer Stories - The Lost Year: ‘Spider Island’ by Simeon Mills

After three years on the island, I stepped off the ferry, back onto the mainland and was greeted by the cruel sound of children eating ice cream. There had been no such treats on the island. No children. I would see my own son tonight at 8 o’clock, but would I recognize him?
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Water Cooler: Exploring contemporary science fiction

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 24, 2021

Since these unprecedented times aren’t going anywhere fast, it’s still a great time for some escapist fiction. It may be an even better time for these stories now as the Inland Northwest has seen some cooler, breezier days offering the first hints of fall.
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Water Cooler: Escape reality with science fiction

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 16, 2021

Need a break from reality? You’re not alone. Here is some escapist reading full of imagination and fantasy that will easily transport you from this world to another. “Stranger In A Strange Land,” by Robert A. Heinlein (1961) – We can imagine what it would be like to travel to another planet, but ...
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Summer Stories - The Lost Year: ‘POTATOE?’ by Eli Francovich

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 15, 2021

He’d bought the microwave two months ago, after Julie moved out. She took their microwave. And their cat. Those were the two things they’d bought together as a couple: a microwave and a cat. In retrospect an ominous pairing. She left her four yoga balls and a blanket. 
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Seven podcasts discovered during the pandemic

During the pandemic, I managed to make up for the loss of a fair amount of social interaction by listening to an ever-lengthening list of podcasts, and I don’t think I’m alone in that. Here are seven podcasts if you’re looking to add to your own list.