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What to read this Libra season 

Posted by Sarah Bofenkamp on

One year ago, we began our investigation into the authors of the zodiac. We mapped them all and, one year since, have circled back to chart something new. Entering in on the autumn equinox, Libra season comes bearing gifts of beauty and balance... and now, books! Consider this a curriculum for astrology's most curatorial creatures: a season's greetings from bell hooks, Oscar Wilde, and more.
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“Within the chambers of a quivering heart”: Celebrating Virgo Writers

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What do Agatha Christie and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have in common? Or how about Fannie Flagg and Stephen King? Leo Tolstoy and Sonia Sanchez? Well, we'll give you a hint... it's in the stars. Yes, undeniably, these are the Virgo authors: the busy, the precise, and the generous ones. Our healers and harvesters - our poets.
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“Who came to see what life could be”: Celebrating Leo Writers

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From a long list of Leo authors like this one, it is almost impossible to pick the most Leo of them all. Charles Bukowski? Chester Himes? Zelda Fitzgerald? Alexander Chee? Is it the writer most committed to the opulence of language or of life? Is it the one with the best hair... or the best book? Well, we'll let them tell you themselves.
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California 102: A Reader's Guide to (more) Books Set in California

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There are California classics and hidden California gems. There are the works of John Steinbeck and Octavia Butler; there are the most-sold and the undiscovered. There are enough to read for a lifetime, and a few to keep you busy here.
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“Love! Love until the night collapses!”: Celebrating Cancer Writers

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Armored and intuitive, Cancer authors are the ones who cross oceans for meaning... the ones who have marked the great tides of language. Think Octavia Butler and Anthony Bourdain, Jhumpa Lahiri and Jean-Paul Sartre. Think crabs and moonlight and literary masterpieces.
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