Three Books... Why three? We live in a three-dimensional world, colored with hues that break down into a trio of primary colors. Our souls (according to Plato) and our psyches (according to Freud) are trilithic. Three is a number that allows for conversation, completion, understanding. And so "Three Books..." invites writers to recommend three great reads on a single theme.
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Three Books For A More Honest View Of Mother

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Three Books To Get You Out Of A Political Wilderness

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Three Stories Of Gossip Not Even Austen Could Resist

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Three Books For The Smartest Teens You Know

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Afghanistan Unveiled In Three Eye-Opening Accounts

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