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I Will If You Will

Apr 14, 2014 — The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. Scholar Susan Shillinglaw joins us in the comments to talk about the book's legacy.
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Mar 24, 2014 — The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Join us in the comments to discuss what we've read so far.
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Mar 3, 2014 — The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club is reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. (Some of us for the very first time!) Here we discuss Chapters 1 through 10.
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Feb 17, 2014 — Somehow, a lot of us at NPR Books have never read John Steinbeck's classic. When we realized this anniversary was coming up, we thought: What better way to pay tribute than to actually crack it open?
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Aug 29, 2012 — We're looking for the next selection for our occasional book club.
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Oct 17, 2011Moby-Dick is a difficult book to read. But the author of a new book about the Melville classic says it's worth it to make the effort.
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May 24, 2011 — The I Will If You Will Book Club completes Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Dream Country by reading the fourth story, "Facade." This leads us to cultural ideas of death, the ever-growing mythology of superheroes, and a whole lot more.
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May 19, 2011 — If you're enjoying the current I Will if You Will Book Club selection, The Sandman: Dream Country, we've got some suggestions for other comics you might try.
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May 12, 2011 — This week, our book club discussion turns to "A Midsummer Night's Dream," as told in the graphic novel The Sandman. If you thought a play within a play was something, check out the whole thing as part of a larger story about dreaming and writing.
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May 5, 2011 — We continue our discussion of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Dream Country with a chat about the second story, "A Dream Of A Thousand Cats," which considers not only the position of cats in society, but the ability of stories to shape reality.
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