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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

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It Can't Happen Here
Sinclair Lewis, Michael Meyer
The Courier's Tale
Peter Walker
Paul Bannister
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis
Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates, Nora S. Unwin I read this with my son for his 8th grade history class. It starts out similar to Roots with At-mun (later Americanized to Amos) a proud, thoughtful prince of his tribe in Africa. Through good fortune, gaining him his last name, he is sold to kind families, learns a trade, and becomes a Christian. Amos has a positive attitude and strong faith that keeps him thankful and content through his long life as a slave and later as a free black man in early America. Though his lot is certainly easier than that of many kidnapped Africans in the 1700s, this book is an excellent introduction of the subject for kids. In my opinion this book would be appropriate for children as early as 5th grade with a story enjoyable enough that I finished it in one day.