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In Summer 2013, a graduation speech given by the idiosyncratic novelist, short-story genius and children’s author George Saunders went viral.

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Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world.

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'Wide Sargasso Sea' is rightly considered by many to be one of the greatest pieces of writing of this or any time, so I naturally approach reviewing it with some trepidation. But it has to be in The Empathy Library, so here goes ...

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    Set in a Polish state aid office in 1966, Urzad is a five minute documentary film by director Krystof Kieslowski and a short and evocative reminder of just how bureaucracy may be used for political ends.               
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Jake Adams is forty. He is a loner; a struggling actor with no close ties. He’s made his life a shallow, insular place of pleasure and irresponsibility, where hurt people and their desperate pasts are invisible to him. Emma has changed this.
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A story about dictatorship, in this case one which occurs within the family, and a young boy so entirely in the power of his father that he cannot speak the truth.

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A slim memoir of poverty, abuse, agency and power, this story of a young gay survivor growing up in dirt-poor Carolina is only ninety-four pages long.