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Today’s Blatant Bibliophile Club Meeting Agenda

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 28, 2007

 

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  • Please report to the library when the club is called for club photos tomorrow (Thursday).

  • Volunteering for book fair:  you may volunteer during lunch, before school, or after school.  We need “greeters” and individuals to “float around” during your volunteer time.  Come by the library to sign up for this “job”!

  • We need reliable volunteers to take the “loose change” jars to English teachers every morning by 8:15.  Come by the library to sign up!

  • We need reliable volunteers to help count the “loose change” money each day after school.  Come by the library to sign up for this “job”!

  • If you haven’t looked at our club “Library Thing”, surf over and put a review on there.  See Mrs. Fleet for user name and password info! There is an instruction page if you’re not sure how to add a book.

  • Be thinking about a book choice for a group reading for after the holidays. Go to this page of the Blatant Bibliophile Blog to see some of the suggestions, to vote on a book, or to make a new suggestion.

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Kindle is One of a Kind

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 27, 2007

Kindle

Have you seen the new Kindle from Amazon.com? It’s a new reading device that allows you to instantly and wirelessly download books, newspapers, magazines, Wikipedia, and blogs to this paperback-sized device. Unlike your laptop, Kindle is easy to read outside in bright sunlight and weighs only 10.3 ounces. You can also easily adjust your font size and bookmark your location in your book. The price? $399. This new “toy” has been so popular that it is temporarily unavailable and Amazon does not expect to resume shipment until Christmas Eve, but hey, shipping’s free! Want to see a video demonstration of Kindle? Click here. Here’s what you get for your money:

  • Enjoy a revolutionary electronic-paper display providing a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
  • Thrill to ease of use with no computer, cables, or syncing.
  • Wrap yourself in the luxury of wireless connectivity that enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or lounging in bed.
  • Purchase a book and have it auto-delivered wirelessly in under one minute.
  • Revel in the 88,000 available books, including 100 of the 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.
  • Order New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases for just $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
  • Delight to top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • Expand your horizons with top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • Get your mitts on more than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
  • Stay skinny with its teensy size: lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighing only 10.3 ounces.
  • Hold over 200 of your favorite titles.
  • Celebrate its long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
  • Outdo WiFi, because Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.
  • Luxuriate in no monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—Amazon takes care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.
  • Frolic over your free wireless access to Wikipedia.
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

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Best Books of 2007 from School Library Journal

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 26, 2007

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School Library Journal recently selected their Best Books 2007. The sixty-three chosen books represent 4700 of those reviewed by SLJ this year. The past year was a great year for historical fiction, fantasy, and humor. For a complete list of this year’s top picks, click here. You can also see their best adult books for young adults. Here are some of the books recommended for high school students:

ALEXIE, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. illus. by Ellen Forney. Little, Brown. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978–0-316-01368-0.
Gr 7-10–Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian, is a bright, geeky teen who transfers from the reservation school to a rich, white high school. With honesty, humor, and unfailing optimism, he comes to terms with tragic realities and family frailties, and learns who he really is.
BARAKAT, Ibtisam. Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa Bks. Tr $16. ISBN 978-0-374-35733-7.
Gr 7 Up–A Palestinian child discovers the Arabic alphabet while a refugee during the Six-Day War, giving her a way to cope with and escape from the deprivation and fears in her daily life. A beautifully crafted memoir that takes readers into the heart and experiences of this talented writer.
CAREY, Janet Lee. Dragon’s Keep. Harcourt. Tr $17. ISBN 978-0-15-205926-2.
Gr 6-10–A princess wears golden gloves to hide the fact that she was born with one dragon talon until it comes time to fulfill her destiny. A complex fantasy, filled with plot twists, betrayal, and a revenge-seeking dragon.
CRISLER, Curtis L. Tough Boy Sonatas. illus. by Floyd Cooper. Boyds Mills/Wordsong. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-932425-77-2.
Gr 8 Up–The gritty realities of life in the crumbling, postindustrial city of Gary, IN, are brought to life in powerful poems that palpably capture the anger, frustration, camaraderie, and audacious dreams of its poor young residents.
FREEDMAN, Russell. Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas. Clarion. Tr $19. ISBN 978-0-618-66391-0.
Gr 5-9–Written records, artifacts, DNA evidence, and conjecture are all given their due in this accessible and balanced examination of the human presence in the Western world. The plentiful black-and-white and color photos, reproductions, and maps add detail and information about ancient settlements and contemporary scholarship.
GARDNER, Lyn. Into the Woods. illus. by Mini Grey. Random/David Fickling Bks. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-75115-5; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-385-75116-2.
Gr 5-9-Three sisters who live near a rat-infested village are pursued by evil Dr. DeWilde, who is determined to have the musical pipe their mother left them. Kidnapping, hair-raising danger, and a host of fairy-tale themes make up this wild romp through Victorian England.
GRANDITS, John. Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems. illus. by author. Clarion. Tr $15. ISBN 978-0-618-56860-4; pap. $5.95. ISBN 978-0-618-85132-4.
Gr 5-9–Jessie voices her witty, often-irreverent opinions about ninth-grade life, her less-than-harmonious family relationships, and her search for her “signature style.” With imaginative writing, crisp graphics, and artful layouts, this clever collection of concrete poems will grab language lovers and poetry-phobes alike.
HALE, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days. Bloomsbury. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-59990-051-3.
Gr 5-9–Refusing to marry the villainous man her father has chosen for her, Lady Saren is imprisoned in a tower for seven years with her maid, Dashti, a clever, resourceful girl and the story’s narrator. Wild escapes and dangerous romance on the Asian steppes will keep readers on the edge of their seats in this novelization of the Brothers Grimm’s “Maid Maleen.”
HORNBY, Nick. Slam. Putnam. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25048-4.
Gr 9 Up-A teen who learns that his girlfriend is pregnant is whisked into the future by his idol, Tony Hawk, to witness his life as a father. Though hilarious scenes abound, they never undermine the seriousness of the situation, which is handled with sensitivity and insight.
JINKS, Catherine. Evil Genius. Harcourt. Tr $17. ISBN 978-0-15-205988-0.
Gr 7 Up–Once enrolled in the Axis Institute for World Domination, teen hacker extraordinaire Cadel Piggott begins to question his teachers’ motives and to sift through multiple layers of deception, manipulation, and subterfuge. A fast-paced and absorbing look at good and evil in a high-tech world.
JOCELYN, Marthe. How It Happened in Peach Hill. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-83701-2; PLB $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-93701-9.
Gr 5-9–In this high-spirited novel set in upstate New York in the 1920s, an itinerant fortune-teller forces her 15-year-old daughter to pose as a mentally disabled person in order to eavesdrop and gather information for her séances. Longing for a stable life and a chance to show her real intelligence, Annie feigns a “miraculous cure” in public, but her mother is not about to be upstaged.
JOHNSTON, Tony. Bone by Bone by Bone. Roaring Brook/A Deborah Brodie Bk. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59643-113-3.
Gr 6 Up–Despite his unyielding physician father’s racist rules, David, who is white, forms a blood-brother relationship with Malcolm, who is black. As the protagonist turns 13, this taut story of prejudice, love, and rebellion in 1950s Tennessee comes to a shattering climax.
KEPHART, Beth. Undercover. HarperFestival/A Laura Geringer Bk. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-123893-2; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-123894-9.
Gr 9 Up–Introspective Elisa writes love verses for the boys in her class, including her secret crush, to woo their sweethearts, and finds release by skating in the dark on a desolate pond. This quiet coming-of-age story about a keenly perceptive “winter girl” has an authentic voice and multiple layers of soul-satisfying reading.
KOSTICK, Conor. Epic. Viking. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-670-06179-2.
Gr 8 Up–This well-crafted fantasy features a society in which violence has been banned and people must settle their disputes in Epic, an all-consuming virtual-reality game. Erik chooses a female avatar who uses her beauty and wits in lieu of more conventional weapons and teams up with his friends’ characters to save his father and take on the powers behind the game.
MURPHY, Jim. The Real Benedict Arnold. Clarion. Tr $20. ISBN 978-0-395-77609-4.
Gr 7 Up–Murphy presents a compelling portrait of a complex figure. Arnold was an intelligent and talented businessman, a brilliant strategist and a gallant general, and a true believer in the patriots’ cause. So what went so terribly wrong? The comprehensive text and excellent supporting graphics piece together a thrilling look at the American Revolution and its successes and failures.
MYERS, Walter Dean. What They Found: Love on 145th Street. Random/Wendy Lamb Bks. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-385-32138-9; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-93709-5.
Gr 9 Up–These masterfully crafted urban tales highlight a contemporary New York City community, but they have a more universal sensibility in their humor, their heartbreak, and their humanity. They reflect the hopes and dreams of youth, the dilemmas and drama of parenthood, and the debilitating effects of despair.
PEET, Mal. Tamar. Candlewick. RTE $17.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-3488-9.
Gr 8 Up–This gripping thriller unfolds in parallel narratives. An omniscient narrator vividly describes the struggles of Allied spies sent to support the Dutch resistance, and 15-year-old Tamar, the granddaughter of one of the undercover operatives, tries to piece together the clues to the old man’s past left to her following his suicide in 1995. An intricate and powerfully written read about love and loyalty, deceit and betrayal.
RESAU, Laura. Red Glass. Delacorte. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-385-73466-0; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-385-90464-3.
Gr 8 Up–A timid Arizona teen’s life is radically changed when her family takes in an orphaned six-year-old, the sole survivor of an illegal border crossing. Sophie, her free-spirited Bosnian great-aunt, the aunt’s boyfriend from Guatemala, and the man’s son become unlikely travel companions as they escort Pablo back to Mexico to visit his relatives. An evocative and metaphorical road trip, full of cultural richness and romance.
ST. JAMES, James. Freak Show. Dutton. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-525-47799-0.
Gr 9 Up–A teenage drag queen extraordinaire takes a conservative boarding school by storm, startling everyone with his outrageous behavior, his exuberance, and his couture, all the while simply wanting acceptance. The story is witty, bold, and bawdy, but it’s also a telling account about what it’s like to live in Billy Bloom’s skin.
SHARENOW, Robert. My Mother the Cheerleader. HarperCollins/Laura Geringer Bks. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-114896-5; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-114897-2.
Gr 8-10–Thirteen-year-old Louise is stuck at home helping run a dilapidated boarding house while her mother and the rest of the “Cheerleaders” gather every morning to hurl verbal abuse at six-year-old Ruby Bridges as she attempts to integrate the New Orleans public schools. When an outsider comes to observe these events, the high emotions turn to violence in this harrowing and painfully honest historical novel.
STEWART, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society. illus. by Carson Ellis. Little, Brown/Megan Tingley Bks. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-316-05777-6.
Gr 5-9–Four children without families are selected to enter an isolated school where they must foil an evil master who plans to take over the world. Mysterious clues, puzzles, danger, creative problem-solving, and zany humor all play a part as the youngsters use their special abilities to thwart the villain, restore order, and find a place for themselves.
THOMPSON, Kate. The New Policeman. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-117427-8; PLB $17.89. ISBN 978-0-06-117428-5.
Gr 7-10–The hours are slipping through everyone’s fingers in the Irish village of Kinvara, so when J.J.’s Mum requests more time for her birthday, the 15-year-old musician goes on a quest that leads him into the fairyland of Tír na n’Óg and the heart of his family’s deepest secrets. Fantasy, folklore, and musical zeal harmonize into a tantalizing and finely tuned coming-of-age tale.
WEIN, Elizabeth E. The Lion Hunter. Viking. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-06163-1.
Gr 7 Up–This sweeping historical fantasy set in sixth-century Africa is replete with splendid characterization, vivid detail, political intrigue, and adventure. Twelve-year-old Prince Telemakos has endured physical and emotional pain at the hands of captors and loses an arm in a lion attack, but remains steadfast in his commitment to caring for his baby sister and to protecting the Askumites from treachery and tyranny.
WELLS, Rosemary. Red Moon at Sharpsburg. Viking. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-670-03638-7.
Gr 7 Up–A 13-year-old experiences the horrors and dangers of the Civil War and witnesses the appalling medical practices of the time. A powerful novel, unflinching in its depiction of war, as seen through the eyes of a courageous, determined teen who never gives up her dream of going to college.

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Not Sure How to Pronounce that Word? Help Is Just a Click Away!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 26, 2007

Words

Have you tried Inogolo? Inogolo is a made up word from two Latin words: “in” meaning “not” and “iuguolo” meaning “butcher.” The purpose of the Inogolo website is to help you not butcher words, particularly names of specific persons, places, and things, or as your English teacher likes to call them, proper nouns.  It provides a searchable database of names with both phonetic and audio pronunciations in English. The website is the brainchild of some guy from Texas named Stuart Yoder who is fond of orthoepy–the study of pronunciation. Where does he get his information?

  • personal knowledge (for most common English names);
  • people– if he can locate someone with the name he asks them;
  • if the language of origin can be determined he asks a native speaker of the language if possible;
  • a partial list of some web resources and books referenced is at the inogolo pronunciation resources page;
  • user submissions and corrections through the online suggestion submission form are very helpful;
  • other resources used– the Internet (blogs,forums,news articles,etc), radio and TV media, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.

For names of specific people and places–

For the names of places, the primary reference is Merriam Webster’s Geographical Dictionary. For disputed pronunciations other authorities are checked as well.

For the names of people, pronunciations are verified and cross-referenced across multiple authorities when possible. The names of people no longer living tend to generate the most disputes. If a pronunciation is disputed it will be noted and usually any alternate pronunciations are given as well. Sources include:

  • the person themselves or their representative,
  • for places, Merriam Webster’s Geographical Dictionary,
  • authorities and sources listed at the inogolo pronunciation resources page. (Yes, he cites his sources!)
  • media sources such as radio and TV,
  • the Internet (blogs, forums, news articles, etc.)

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The Book Fair is Coming! The Book Fair is Coming!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 26, 2007

Book Fair

The media center is hosting a book fair next week, December 3-7. Lots of cool young adult books will be available each day from 7:30-4:00. You can even visit our very own Creekview Book Fair website! We need Blatant Bibliophiles to help us post signs this week and carry signs in the lunchroom next week. We could also use help mingling with the crowd during your lunch hour next week. Please see Mrs. Fleet or Mrs. Hamilton if you can help with any of these activities. There will be a meeting this Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 a.m. and 3:25 p.m.

We are also donating our profits to help a needy school suffering from the affects of Hurricane Katrina. We are asking students to donate spare change through their English classes each day. The winning English class will win a pizza party! Yum! The Coin Challenge works like this:

  • Monday, December 3: Donate Pennies
  • Tuesday, December 4: Donate Nickels
  • Wednesday, December 5: Donate Dimes
  • Thursday, December 6: Donate Quarters
  • Friday, December 7: Donate Anything (Dollars????)

In addition, when you check out a book next week or make a purchase at the book fair, you will have an opportunity to make a one dollar donation and have a “book” with your name posted on our wall of donors. For more information on the books that will be available, click here.

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What Is The Reading Level of the Blatant Bibliophile Blog?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 21, 2007

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What is your opinion of the reading level? Do you think a reading level can be measured in one second? Neither do I. But it’s interesting, isn’t it?

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What Should You Read Next?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 14, 2007

What Can I Read Next

Did you ever read a book you just looooovvvved and then wanted more of the same? Well here are some solutions you should try:

  1. NoveList: Click on this link or go to the Media Center’s list of research databases and look for NoveList under English/Language Arts/Literature. You can get the Galileo password from the Media Center. Open NoveList and click on Readers’ Advisory. Do a Quick Search on the left for a title. When you find the book you loved, click on the pretty purple “Find Similar Books” button. You will see a list of subjects related to your favorite book, and you can uncheck any of them that you want to omit from potential new book searches; then click on “Search.” You will see a list of similar titles. Click on the link for a title that interests you, and you will see reviews of the book to help you decide if you really want to read it. That book doesn’t sound so hot? Try one of the other suggested titles!
  2. WhatShouldIReadNext.com: This a free Amazon.com-related website that allows you to type in the name and author of a favorite book and then receive a list of similar titles. You can then click on one (or several!) of the related titles and be whisked away to Amazon reviews of the comparable books.
  3. Destiny Online Catalog: Once you find a book you like, look it up in the online catalog, (see Ms. Fleet or Ms. Hamilton if you don’t know how, or beg your English teacher to bring your class in for Destiny training!) and you will see subject headings in the record of the book. Many of the subject headings are links. If you see a link that interests you, like vampires or wizards or basketball, click on the link to find other books in our collection that are also available on this topic. The catalog will also tell you if the books are available and where they are located in the media center.  Take a look at this record for Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. You can click on the subject headings for a quick link to books about vampires, werewolves, schools, school stories, Seattle, Washington, interpersonal relations, horror fiction, and other books by Stephenie Meyer. By the way, you can also click on the cover photo to read reviews and other information about the book.
  4. What Do I Read Next?: This is a subscription service we have available from GALE.  See a media specialist for the password!  Gale gives you and your users over 115,000 titles, more than 62,500 plot summaries, 561 awards titles, recommended reading lists and biographical information. Most books included in What Do I Read Next? must be an award-winner, a best seller or have appeared on a recommended reading list.  Genres include inspirational, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, western and historical novels, general fiction, classic fiction and nonfiction. The user-friendly software includes custom, in-depth search options by title, author, subject, genre, locale and more.This unique readers’ advisory tool allows you to:
  • Identify new books to enjoy that meet a personalized reading profile
  • Create customized reading lists by using the “Keeper List” function
  • Conduct a “Find Similar” title search or view the list of similar titles supplied by genre experts     
  • Hyperlink between titles and recommended reading and award lists, and between series entries and the titles in the series
  • A monthly highlights page allows the user to see selections of award winners, upcoming titles, and titles that revolve around different subjects each month

Happy Reading!

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Oprah Removes Book from Reading List

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 13, 2007

Oprah

Oprah Winfrey recently removed a discredited book, The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter,  from the recommended reading list on her website. The book began to arouse suspicion shortly after it was published in 1976, partly because the author was identified as Asa Earl Carter, a member of the Ku Klux Klan and a segregationist speechwriter for racist Alabama governor George Wallace. The book claimed to be the nonfiction story of a boy raised by his Cherokee grandparents, and sold millions of copies. Oprah admits she was once fond of the book because of the boys relationship with his grandparents and his love of nature, but she took it off her shelf when she learned of Carter’s true background. For a complete story about this incident, click here. For an informative article written by a librarian who is also a Nambe Pueblo Indian woman click here.

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“Inheritance” Fans, Rejoice!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 13, 2007

Eragon

Thanks to Ms. Hamilton’s Unquiet Library blog for this info about Christopher Paolini’s latest news about a sequel to the Eragon “Inheritance” series.

Christopher Paolini’s million-selling “Inheritance” fantasy series, originally planned as a trilogy, is being extended to four books, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced .

The first two books, Eragon and Eldest, have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. The third book, currently untitled, is scheduled to be released in print and audiobook format on September 23, 2008.

“I plotted out the `Inheritance’ series as a trilogy nine years ago, when I was 15. At that time, I never imagined I’d write all three books, much less that they would be published,” Paolini said in a statement.

“When I finally delved into Book Three, it soon became obvious that the remainder of the story was far too big to fit in one volume. … In order to be true to my characters and to address all of the plot points and unanswered questions Eragon and Eldest raised, I needed to split the end of the series into two books.”  The four books will be called the Inheritance Cycle.  You can view the video of Paolini’s announcement at http://www.alagaesia.com/kvetha/.

Paolini began writing the series, the story of a boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, when he was 15, and his parents self-published the book in 2002, when he was 18. Knopf published it a year later.

You can stay updated on all things Christopher Paolini by surfing over to his official website at http://www.alagaesia.com/!  You can also receive email updates about Paolini’s books from http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/news/.

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Are You an Audiophile?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 6, 2007

Audio

Ms. Fleet has a collection of audiobooks which she would love to share. If you like to listen to books as well as read them, see Ms. Fleet about borrowing any of these books. Click on each title to read an Amazon review (You’ll have to scroll down the page to read the review; you can also frequently search inside the book and see links to other similar books):
The Book Thief
Bucking the Sarge
Flags of Our Fathers
The Glass Castle
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You
The Jane Austen Book Club
The March
Nineteen Minutes
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Twilight
Water for Elephants
The Wee Free Men
What Was She Thinking: Notes on a Scandal

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