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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel
Rachel Joyce
Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans' Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
Ellen J. Prager

Between Poverty and the Pyre: Moments in the History of Widowhood

Between Poverty and the Pyre: Moments in the History of Widowhood - Jan N. Bremmer, Lourens P. Van Den Bosch This book contains essays about widowhood through history, what it has meant to be a widow and the experiences of widows. It was a little heavy on the Dutch/English/French cultures for me; I did have several highlights in those sections, but for the most part I could have skipped them. Much more interesting to me was chapter 1 (public image of widows in ancient Israel), chapter 9 (Sati & widowhood in India), and chapter 10 (windows in Islam). Those are the only cultures covered besides European ones (and as far as European cultures go, they only cover England, the Dutch, and France in one essay).