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Book Report: Nothing that simple in Amish land

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Several writers are taking their cues from earlier centuries.

In the 18th century, Samuel Richardson found he had a bestseller on his hands when he wasn't even trying. Richardson sold stationery to the hoi polloi.

Unfortunately, the women who bought the stationery didn't know how to write, so Richardson gave examples of how to write to your father, your lover, your whatever, bound them and called it "Pamela."

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