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Books to Read

Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio—Published in 1919, this literary masterpiece explores the hidden passions of ordinary lives in a small American town.

John F. Kennedy, A Nation of Immigrants—President Kennedy, himself the grandson of Irish immigrants, discusses how old immigrant traditions mix with the new experiences of immigrants starting life over in America.

О. E. Rolvaag, Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie—The classic story of a Norwegian pioneer family’s struggles as they try to make a new life on the American frontier.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden—A classic account of Thoreau’s experiment of simple living in a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond in the 1840s.

Michael J. Weiss, The Clustered World: How we live, what we buy, and what it all means about who we are—Drawing on census data, market surveys, and interviews, the author explores how people spend their time and money in America and throughout the world.

Movies to See

La Bamba—Based on the true story of Ritchie Valens, a young 1950s rock and roll singer who rose to fame from poverty and brought the Latin American influence to his hit songs.

School of Rock—A “wanna-be” rock star in need of cash pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prep school and tries to turn his class into a rock band.

Seabiscuit—The true story of an undersized racehorse whose surprising victory lifted the spirits of a nation trapped in the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Spellbound—A documentary that follows several children and their families as they prepare for and compete in the national spelling contest.

The Terminal—An eastern European immigrant who is not permitted to enter the United States decides to take up temporary residence at a JFK airport terminal.

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Updated: 18th July 2015 — 3:16 pm