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"i" after "e" why?

HYPATIA'S BOOKROOM

Turkish garbage collectors have created a library from discarded books.


A friend posted this headline and article on Facebook on 1/3/23 (well before the horrific earthquake in Turkey and Syria). If these cool garbage collectors can, in their travels, find books to a build a library of their own creation, why couldn't we build our own library of books that are of importance to us--intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, ethically, etc.?-- books that we would definitely rescue from a trash pile. Let's call this collection Hypathia's Bookroom after the chief librarian of the ancient library of Alexandria. Below is the current list that is being created by readers like you.

 

On the shelves so far:  Immense Journey, Loren Eiseley; Lomax, Dr. Seuss; Charlotte's Web, E.B.White; Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown; The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald;  Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte; My Glorious Brother, Howard Fast; Dessa Rose, Sherley A. Williams; I Know why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou; How the Word is Passed :A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, Clint Smith. My Own Country, Dr. Abraham Verghese; Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, Terry Tempest Williams; Simple Passion, Anni Ernaux; A Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl; Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury; 1984, George Orwell; A Wrinkle in Time, Madelaine L'Engle; The Magician, Colm Toibin; The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen; The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer; One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Norman Bridwell; The Origin of Species, Darwin; The Personal Librarian, Marie Benedict; The Color Purple, Alice Walker; Devotions, Mary Oliver; The Golden Spruce, JohnVaillant; Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin; The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers; Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, Melanie Joy; A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul; Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto;  The Chosen, Chaim Potok; The Big Book of Jewish Humor; The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig; Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, Phillis Wheatley; The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett; Just Kids, Patti Smith;  A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens; Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf; The Universe is a Green Dragon, Brian Swimme; Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko; The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood; The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery; The Lover, Margurite Duras; The Revolt of the Cockroach People, Oscar Zeta Acosta; Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi; Hiroshima, John Hersey; A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

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In Receipt

You remember the grade school jingle: It's "i" before "e" except after "c" and other special exceptions. Always trying to be the good girl, I followed the rules and never asked why. That is until it dawned on me one day that changes were being made by people who DID ask why. They asked the hard questions, took the needed risks, and made a difference. The question may have been small; the result may have been difficult to measure; but it changed the world -- the butterfly effect.

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