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NIETZSCHE - BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL

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Beyond Good and Evil by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche discusses the theory of the “will to truth.” At the heart of Nietzsche’s argument is the idea that to learn the truth, a human being must question everything. Everything she or he has ever learned or observed must be reexamined. 

Nothing is free from this self-interrogation, and that includes self-perception, societal teachings, and religion. Nietzsche proposes that any human being has the capability to do this, but most do not because they lack the ambition to dig through everything they have ever learned to question its validity. Nietzsche does not value those who have not the desire to delve into the deepest areas of their mind to find the truth.

JANET FITCH - WHITE OLEANDER

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White Oleander is a 1999 novel by American author Janet Fitch. It is a coming-of-age story about achild (Astrid) who is separated from her mother (Ingrid) and placed in a series of foster homes. It deals with themes of motherhood.

NIETZSCHE - THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA

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Zarathustra, a 30-year-old sage and prophet, has retreated into the mountains. After 10 years of solitude, he emerges from his cave, wanting to descend to humanity in order to bestow his wisdom. He ventures down the mountain into a forest, where he’s surprised to encounter an old saint who doesn’t yet know that “God is dead.”

Arriving at a town, Zarathustra addresses the people who are assembled for a tight-rope walker’s performance. He tells them, “I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be overcome.” The Superman, a more mentally and spiritually evolved version of humankind, is the meaning of life; the people should believe in him instead of in heavenly hopes. However, the people just laugh at Zarathustra. Suddenly, the tight-rope walker, startled by a mocking buffoon, falls off his rope. After the tight-rope walker dies, Zarathustra carries his corpse away from the town and buries it. The next day, he realizes that his calling is not to address the people but to lure individuals away from the masses. He will find other “creators of values” and teach them about the Superman.

RAY BRADBURY - DANDELION WINE

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Dandelion Wine is a meditation on mortality, memory, nostalgia, and childhood that starts on the first day of summer and ends on the last. It's a reminder of just how much living you can pack into three months if you really try—and if you have the right shoes. 

JAN CREMER - I JAN CREMER

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Who is Jan Cremer?Hipster, beat non-conformist par excellence. An enfant terrible who cocks a snook at society and points in his roaring, bawdy autobiography at the weaknesses and conceits of his fellow-men. This book was designed to shock and make the author a lot of money.