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Featured Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” So goes one of the most famous book opening lines ever written. The Hobbit author, J.R.R. Tolkien, was born on January 3, 1892 so we've been planning to feature him in January all of last year!  He was a prolific writer although many of his works were unfinished and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, who has devoted much of his adult life to editing his father's works and bringing them into print.

Johanna Bittle has written an excellent article on Tolkien's life, Glimpses of Joy and Truth in Fantasy, that you'll definitely want to read! 

Full descriptions of Tolkien's books are publicly available for the month of January. Members have access to numerous reprints, biographies about Tolkien, and resources and media related to his books.
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Reshelving Alexandria has been a tremendous blessing to our family, saving us both time and money. Before Reshelving Alexandria, finding living literature for our children was a painstaking and time-consuming process; scouring book lists, hunting through blog posts and podcast notes, researching titles and subjects and authors and illustrators, speculating as to reading level and suitability for our family.

Because Reshelving Alexandria has already done this for me, bringing together the best of the best of living literature in a searchable and easily navigable database, it allows me to both focus and stretch our book budget by narrowing down my search to precisely those books that are the best fit for our family and then helping me to easily take advantage of free online books and used book searches to grow our family library. And all the time I am saving? What a joy to re-invest that in reading these books with my children!"

Johanna Bittle

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