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My Mother, Myself

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I read the fascinating and brilliant graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? in which she weaves her story of coming to understand, through her own reading, her own writing and art, and her own therapy, the particularity of her relationship with her own mother and all the deep ways in which she has been formed and continued to be affected by...

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When I Feel Worried Latest to Series

When I Feel Worried Latest to Series

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The eighth book in Cornelia’s “The Way I Feel” series is When I Feel Worried. Everybody worries.  Children worry too, in new or confusing situations, or when someone is upset with them.  This addition to “The Way I Feel” series uses reassuring words and warm illustrations of animals to address a child’s anxieties and...

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Oliver Twist

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I watched the 1948 movie version of “Oliver Twist.”  Oliver is an orphan, raised in an English workhouse which, essentially, requires slavery for food and shelter; then Oliver is sold, at about eight years old, to an undertaker as an apprentice, where he is also treated cruelly. He runs away and gets taken up by a gang of street boys bossed by...

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