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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

What a chilling and enthralling dystopian future Margaret Atwood has imagined in this novel! The main character, Offred is a “handmaid”, a woman who has been forced to serve in the household of a high ranking infertile couple as a surrogate. She remembers a “time before”, when she was married with a child. In the time before, women were allowed to have jobs, bank accounts and the ability to read. But, a strange dictatorship has taken over the United States,…

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We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

A perfect spooky read this October! From the author of the famous short story “The Lottery”, comes a complicated novel with similar tones of murder, mob mentality and public shunning. This book seems to defy a specific genre. We Have Always Lived in the Castle included multiple elements, making it seem a historic-classic-murder-mystery-horror-fairytale. The story follows the two Blackwell sisters; Mary Catherine Blackwell (18 years old) and Constance Blackwell (28 years old). These young women live with their dying uncle…

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Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride takes Jane Austen’s most popular novel “Pride and Prejudice” and places it in modern day Brooklyn. Instead of Elizabeth Bennett, we have Zuri Benitez. Zuri is a smart, no nonsense teenager with Afro-Latin roots. She has dreams of getting a college education, and doesn’t intend to let romance or boys get in her way. But when the wealthy Darcy brothers move into her “hood”, and her sister Janae starts to fall for one of them, Zuri’s pride and patience…

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The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children’s modern fairy tale about a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom–Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason–from the castle of air….

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The Bad Seed – William March

The Bad Seed – William March

William March’s The Bad Seed is the perfect twisty thriller to curl up with this fall. It chronicles the story of Christine Penmark as she slowly realizes that her seemingly sweet little girl, Rhoda, is hiding very sinister and disturbing behavior. I loved this book much more than I expected to. It works perfectly in the time period it is set in. Christine is really trying to be the perfect 1950s housewife and Rhoda seems to channel the innocence and…

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The making of “The Sun also Rises”

The making of “The Sun also Rises”

Everybody behaves badly : the true story behind Hemingway’s masterpiece “The Sun Also Rises” by Lesley Blume tells the story of the events that lead to the writing of this classic novel.  Blume reveals many details about the characters in the story, particularly the fact that they are all based on real-life friends and acquaintances of Hemingway’s.  This fascinating book gives a behind the scenes look at Hemingway’s personality and his life in Europe when working on his first novel. …

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