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...

One theme, three great reads

On both sides of the Atlantic, the 1920s saw strict gender roles bend — and break — as new kinds of relationships were tested in life and literature. Here, British actor Leslie Henson and his wife Madge Saunders show off the spirit of subversion in November 1920. Brooke/Getty Images hide caption

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Old suitcases displayed in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Nelson Mandela, with his wife, Winnie, walks to freedom after 27 years in prison on Feb. 11, 1990, in Cape Town. AP hide caption

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The Man, The Myth, The Reading List: Nelson Mandela

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Cat detective John Blacksad investigates the disappearance of a famous pianist in Blacksad: A Silent Hell. Dark Horse hide caption

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