Go Set a Watchman (2015) by Harper Lee & the Death of a Beloved Hero

“Atticus Finch rarely took a criminal case; he had no taste for criminal law. The only reason he took this one was because he knew his client to be innocent of the charge, and he could not for the life of him let the black boy go to prison because of a half-hearted, court-appointed defense. The boy had come to him by way of Calpurnia, told him his story, and had told him the truth. The truth was ugly…“Go away, the old buildings said. There is no place for you here. You are not wanted. We have secrets” (p 108-111).

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Oracle Bones (2006) by Peter Hessler & the Tears of Regret for the Poet Chen Mengjia

“The historical events were unimaginable,” Hessler writes of China and its history, “as if they had come from another world, but the people’s reactions were perfectly understandable. Recovery, in all its varied forms, is simply a human instinct” (p 456).

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River Town (2001) by Peter Hessler & the Imperialist vs the Poet

“To travel through Sichuan countryside is to feel the history, the years of work that have shaped the land, the sheer weight of humanity on patches of earth that have been worked in the same way for centuries. But Sichuanese cities are often timeless. They look too dirty to be new, and too uniform and ugly to be old” (p 30).

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The Seasons of a Man’s Life (1978) by Daniel J. Levinson, et alia, & The Destiny of Men’s Dreams

“A man’s Dream is his personal myth,” explains the researchers, “an imagined drama in which he is the central character, a would-be hero engaged in a noble quest…

“As Goethe said, ‘For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is…

“But when we say that a man is enacting his myth, or pursuing his Dream, we are making plain that his activity has a far more profound meaning. A myth is a construction; it serves his human needs and it reflects meanings stemming from deeper, often unconscious sources in the personality and in the culture” (p 246-7).

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