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Abigail Washburn

Actress Ming-Na in the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club (1993). Amy Tan was born in 1952 in Oakland, California, to Chinese parents who had recently immigrated to the United States. The daughter of a Baptist minister and a traditionally strict mother, Tan heard stories as a child that would...
The new USPS Forever stamp featuring Mark Twain. Image by Gregory Manchess Even though summer is basically over, Mark Twain and his ?hymn to American boyhood?--- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ---lives on. Tom Sawyer and his wild adventures remind us just how precious the freedoms of childhood and...