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Terri Peterson Smith: Book-Lover Getaways
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Terri Peterson Smith: Book-Lover Getaways

by Meagan Frank

A poster-sized photo of ten women holding a book marks the RV transporting Terri Peterson Smith’s book club to the memorable “lit trip” that inspired her to bring together her love of books and travel in a meaningful way. Beginning in Boston and traveling west to Santa Monica, Terri’s book Off the Beaten Page shares itineraries and book lists for fifteen spots across the US, where book lovers can get away and enhance their reading experience. […]

Julia Dinsmore: Poetically Bridging Class Divides
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Julia Dinsmore: Poetically Bridging Class Divides

by Naomi Krueger

The causes of poverty are as complex as they are diverse and simultaneously personal and systemic. Many books have been written about people in poverty, but not many have been written by people in poverty. Poet, singer, and educator Julia Dinsmore, still working to overcome poverty’s challenges, hopes to transform others’ view of people experiencing poverty, through her personal story and her book, My Name is Child of God . . . Not “Those People.” […]

Jill Biden: The Power of a Story
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Jill Biden: The Power of a Story

by Terri Barnes

Jill Biden believes in the difference books make. Her mother and grandmother taught her to love books and library visits. As a girl, she often read late into the night, and now Biden encourages her students to be readers and writers. In addition to serving as the US’s Second Lady, Biden is the author of a children’s book, community college English teacher, military mom, and military family advocate who recognizes the power of a story to enrich the lives of children. […]