Teen Founders of Adopt A Book Nonprofit Looking to Pass the Torch: Critical Linking, August 16, 2019

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“In 2011, a pair of 8-year-old twins put their heads together and created the nonprofit Adopt A Book. Hannah and Alex Laman have spent the years since collecting new and gently used children’s books to distribute in Cincinnati schools where children might not have access to home libraries.

In eight years, they’ve received and distributed over 160,000 books.

But they’re not children anymore. As Hannah and Alex prepare for college, they’re taking on more responsibilities that subtract time from their project.”

Someone take over this awesome cause!


“The situation offers a glimpse at an unanticipated intersection of a high-profile #MeToo case and the unsentimental business of media. In many typical book deals, Thrush would have had a clear legal claim to keep his advance, and Random House would have had a legal right to claw back Haberman’s after she decided not to do the book. But the outcome was that perhaps the most prominent woman journalist in the United States paid a literal price for a male colleague’s alleged transgressions.”

So the guy accused of sexual misconduct gets to keep his advance but the woman coauthor left in the lurch is still on the hook? Ain’t that about a…


“Accompanying the reading list, which was published to Obama’s social media accounts, is a caption with an earnest plea to his followers regarding a recently deceased author: ‘To start, you can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they’re transcendent, all of them,’ Obama writes. ‘You’ll be glad you read them.’ ”

The sort of smart and thoughtful reading list we’ve come to expect from our buddy Barry.

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