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  • My Cousin Rachel blurs the boundaries of reality and deception, and what is morally right. See if you can determine who is innocent or guilty, and of what crimes.

    My Cousin Rachel Book Discussion and Recipe

    My Cousin Rachel Book Discussion and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch2

  • Believe it or not, there are many historical fiction works that make you stop and think. It could be the person or event the story is about or it could be the different angle an author takes. It could also be a sensitive topic addressed in a manner...

    Historical Fiction That Makes You Think

    Historical Fiction That Makes You Think

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • "Everyday Use" is a short story written by Alice Walker and is a story about heritage and the deep south. This essay is my response to reading the short story and what it meant to me.

    Response Essay to Everyday Use

    Response Essay to Everyday Use

    by Brittany Kussman2

  • Treachery, personal finances, and a woman's drive to make it on her own are the elements of this story. This period novel written in 1941 gives a clear picture of what L.A. was like before WWII.

    Mildred Pierce: Female Fiction In 1941

    Mildred Pierce: Female Fiction In 1941

    by Sherry Venegas6

  • The English actress known for "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" wrote a classic 1971 children's novel in the vein of "The Little Princess," "The Secret Garden," and "Anne of Green Gables"

    A Reader's Guide to "Mandy" by Julie Andrews Edwards

    A Reader's Guide to "Mandy" by Julie Andrews Edwards

    by Brittany Rowland0

  • A great thrilled ruined by a weak ending that didn't make much sense and seemed out of character for the characters involved...

    You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson

    You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson

    by kathryn640

  • Some books have incredible appeal and others don't. After reading a dozen novels by Lee Child with Jack Reacher as the main character, I've discovered some clues to explain the phenomenon.

    Jack Reacher Novels: What Makes Them so Appealing?

    Jack Reacher Novels: What Makes Them so Appealing?

    by Peg Cole23

  • Sidney Sheldon is the 7th best selling author of all time. He has written over 200 scripts for TV series, but it is his 18 novels for which he is best known. I'd like to introduce you to five of my favourite Sidney Sheldon novels.

    Top 5 Sidney Sheldon Books

    Top 5 Sidney Sheldon Books

    by Melanie Chisnall35

  • Although Jay Gatsby is most commonly associated with nostalgia, all the major male characters in The Great Gatsby demonstrate longing for the past. Each indulges in nostalgia at some level and each is driven at least partly by futile longing for the past. Fitzgerald uses the obsession with the past which these men share to represent the nostalgic culture of America during the 1920s.

    Nostalgia in The Great Gatsby: The Green Light and Nick's Struggle with Nostalgia

    Nostalgia in The Great Gatsby: The Green Light and Nick's Struggle with Nostalgia

    by Adam Kullman5

  • William March's final novel, The Bad Seed, is rich in psychological suspense but relies heavily on flipping the roles of male and female archetypal characters that stem from Freudian concepts.

    Female Archetypes in The Bad Seed

    Female Archetypes in The Bad Seed

    by Jen Corrigan0

  • An opinionated review of an American classic. Why is Gatsby idolized? Why is Nick useless? Why was Fitzgerald a hypocrite? Read on.

    Why The Great Gatsby is Overrated

    Why The Great Gatsby is Overrated

    by Alexa Weber4

  • In her work, "A New England Nun," Mary E. Wilkins Freeman illustrates a woman's struggle with the commitment of marriage. This essay examines how Freeman illustrates the feminine struggle to be independent while being dedicated to a man.

    A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins: Analysis and Summary

    A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins: Analysis and Summary

    by Brittany Kennedy5

  • A performer in the karaoke scene gets hit on by a youngster half her age because she encouraged him to perform a song and dance number for the sake of musical expression.

    I Don't Know How I Got Here

    I Don't Know How I Got Here

    by Alysia McAlister4

  • History is more than dates and facts. It can be inspiring. Many authors have taken history and written great stories that have been read by millions.

    How History Inspires Great Stories

    How History Inspires Great Stories

    by Rebecca Graf0

  • In Dorothy Sayer's Gaudy Night, Latin quotations carry important subtexts that are inaccessible to modern readers. Here are my translations and interpretations of these phrases, to help you discover nuances which dictionaries and online translators cannot give you.

    Translations of Latin in Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night

    Translations of Latin in Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night

    by Ellen32

  • Jack London's short story, Love of Life, is the most gripping tale of survival you will ever read. One man's struggle for life against impossible odds including bears, wolves and starvation.

    "Love of Life" by Jack London

    "Love of Life" by Jack London

    by Dale Anderson3

  • This Middle-earth profile covers Nienor, daughter of Hurin and Morwen, and sister/wife of her brother Turin. Again if you want a proper context, read the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin

    Middle-Earth Profiles: Nienor

    Middle-Earth Profiles: Nienor

    by Jamal Smith1

  • Summer is here and so is the desire to enter a world of romance far from our own. Here are five awesome young adult novels to help control your feelings, as well as possibly add a few more.

    5 Teen Books for the Hopeless Romantic

    5 Teen Books for the Hopeless Romantic

    by Adarian Turner0

  • Agatha Christie remains one of the most popular and famous of mystery writers. She often used poison to dispatch her victims. This article covers some of the common, and readily available, poisons she used, plus also the not-so common poisons.

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    Poisons Used in Agatha Christie's Books

    by Anne Harrison12

  • A literary review and summary of Jim Morrison's Returning to Earth, an American realist novel with a focus on the question of life and death.

    Jim Harrison's "Returning to Earth"

    Jim Harrison's "Returning to Earth"

    by Nicole Quaste0

  • Author Cain is still my favorite writer and I just finished reading a Steven King book for the first time. I've heard Mr. King has dictated his series, Mr. Mercedes, to James M Cain.

    Author James M. Cain of the Thirties and Forties

    Author James M. Cain of the Thirties and Forties

    by Sherry Venegas4

  • An in-depth book review of James Redfield's novel, which is a continuation of The Celestine Prophecy, a bestseller. Literary and metaphysical commentary. An interview with the author on two-part video

    The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision

    The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision

    by Marie Flint3

  • "Who Is The Girl in the Picture?" is about a group of five friends who are being haunted by an evil ghost named, Christina. If they don't find out who Christina is, then she may kill them all.

    "Who Is the Girl in the Picture?": A Book Review

    "Who Is the Girl in the Picture?": A Book Review

    by Cleo Addams2

  • "Forbidden Thoughts" is a cutting edge 2017 scifi anthology full of stories on challenging the unspoken or violently enforced rules of what can say, do or think.

    Forbidden Thoughts, a Book Review

    Forbidden Thoughts, a Book Review

    by Tamara Wilhite1

  • Zitkala Sa's "The Soft Hearted Sioux" narrates the life of a young Sioux man who becomes a Christian and tries to live his life according to the Bible but has to overcome his family's beliefs.

    Defining a Life: Zitkala Sa's "Soft Hearted Sioux"

    Defining a Life: Zitkala Sa's "Soft Hearted Sioux"

    by morningstar180

  • The first couple adventures of Stephen King's famous gunslinger were absolute masterpieces. But what about the sequels. Here I take a look at the second book in the series to see if it is worth while.

    The Drawing of Three: A Walk On The Wild Side

    The Drawing of Three: A Walk On The Wild Side

    by SamieFoster0

  • Nina is a former librarian who adores books and is searching for a way to unite readers with their perfect book. So she leaves the big city for a small town in Scotland, with a van of books to sell.

    The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

    The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

    by Amanda Leitch4

  • Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro is a fiction novel written in 1914, two years after the end of the Meiji era and the death of Emperor Meiji. This historical event assists Soseki in creating a contrast between tradition and modernity.

    Natsume Soseki's Kokoro Analysis

    Natsume Soseki's Kokoro Analysis

    by Brittany Kennedy5

  • Long, sweeping romances. Light, fluffy reads. Whatever your preference, summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. Here are my top 5 books you should add to your summer TBR.

    5 Best Books for Those Long Summer Days

    5 Best Books for Those Long Summer Days

    by Rachel Elizabeth0

  • Career of Evil is the third in the acclaimed mystery series featuring detective Cormoran Strike, written by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling, author of the moderately famous Harry Potter series.

    Career of Evil: A Cormoran Strike Mystery

    Career of Evil: A Cormoran Strike Mystery

    by Mohan Kumar2

  • This is a book review of Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. This particular review tackles this masterpiece of modern literature from an outside the box perspective.

    Gravity's Rainbow: A Reading

    Gravity's Rainbow: A Reading

    by Nick E Purse0

  • Horace Walpole introduced the world to Gothic fiction, employing elements of the supernatural as well as the everyday, the first time for the purpose of terrifying its audience.

    Dare to Scare: The Origins of Gothic Literature

    Dare to Scare: The Origins of Gothic Literature

    by Kristen Willms0

  • Hassan is an important character within the novel "The Kite Runner" and below is the general outline of his character. Being the loyal friend of Amir (the protagonist and narrator of the story), and having powerful history with his family, he is...

    The Kite Runner Analysis: Hassan

    The Kite Runner Analysis: Hassan

    by DK4

  • This is a close reading of the short story, “Everything in this Country Must” by Colum McCann, from the book of the same title. I must warn the reader that this piece contains many spoilers so read no further if that is a concern. ...

    "Everything in This Country Must" by Colum McCann: An Analysis

    "Everything in This Country Must" by Colum McCann: An Analysis

    by B.C. Hollywood4

  • The book "Animal Farm" is a timeless work of literature written by George Orwell. I wish to share some personal thoughts on the book and how it connects with our society.

    Animal Farm- A Book Report

    Animal Farm- A Book Report

    by Christine0

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the most significant contribution to the literary world made by Robert Luis Stevenson. But, was it also a allegorical of his orientation?

    Was Dr. Jekyll Gay? A Scholar Believes So

    Was Dr. Jekyll Gay? A Scholar Believes So

    by Dean Traylor0

  • The Scanguards series is written by Tina Folsom, it is a paranormal romance/erotica series about Vampires who run a bodyguard company and the love that they finally find.

    My Review: Scanguard Series by Tina Folsom

    My Review: Scanguard Series by Tina Folsom

    by Mia Trueheart0

  • This is a book review of Arthur Koestler's historical fiction work, Darkness At Noon. The novel focuses on main character Rubashov, as he goes from right hand man to Joseph Stalin, to prison within his own communist government.

    "Darkness at Noon" by Arthur Koestler: Summary and Review

    "Darkness at Noon" by Arthur Koestler: Summary and Review

    by thebeast020

  • Walsh by Sharon Pollock is a contemporary Canadian play. It focuses on the real-life conflict between General Walsh and Chief Sitting Bull in Alberta.

    Walsh Play Summary

    Walsh Play Summary

    by Molly Layton2

  • Article applies Erich Fromm's theory of immature love to the characters and events in Milan Kundera's short story The Hitchhiking Game, in which a young couple play a psychologically dangerous game in which each become strangers.

    Symbiotic Love in "The Hitchhiking Game" by Milan Kundera

    Symbiotic Love in "The Hitchhiking Game" by Milan Kundera

    by Anaya M. Baker0

  • Did Iris Murdoch expose mediocre authors, using the first act of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier as the pivotal point in her novel, 'The Black Prince? That opera opening still shocks today.

    Indie Writers Can Tell it How it Is

    Indie Writers Can Tell it How it Is

    by Clive La Pensee0

  • The novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is an epic page turner, but also the subject of much controversy. Is author Roberts a "lying junkie," or is this really his story?

    Shantaram Book Review - Lunchtime Lit with Mel

    Shantaram Book Review - Lunchtime Lit with Mel

    by Mel Carriere32

  • With even more odd photos, Hollow City is an urgent necessity for those itching to know what happens next to the Bird and peculiar children in war-devastated London as they seek to defeat the hollows.

    Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

    Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • This book is the perfect retreat for anyone who’s ever worked their hardest and failed anyway, about a girl who's always loved baking fresh bread, and featuring a handsome honey-maker and a puffling.

    The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    by Amanda Leitch1

  • Miss Read is a well-loved author of books about English village life. Her Fairacre and Thrush Green series are gentle, witty and very enjoyable.

    Miss Read

    Miss Read

    by PE Hardwicke1

  • For that paranormal romance fix or a bit of creative inspiriation, these are the authors who's books I always have close.

    My Go-To Paranormal Romance Authors

    My Go-To Paranormal Romance Authors

    by Mary Spotted Eagle Woman Roberts0

  • An in-depth critique detailing the weaker aspects of The Fellowship of the Ring novel, and why I’m not in love with it like most fantasy fans seem to be.

    Fellowship of the Ring Critique: Overrated?

    Fellowship of the Ring Critique: Overrated?

    by Jasper Martens0

  • This article analyses the text Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. This includes an analysis of the effect of the setting, the issue of female and religious oppression, archetypes, etc.

    An Analysis of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    An Analysis of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    by Asteriaa0

  • Odd Apocalypse is book 6 in the Odd Thomas series. It takes the series in a much different direction from where it had gone up until this point. Good, bad, or indifferent, it is not like the others.

    An Audio Book Review of Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

    An Audio Book Review of Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

    by Leonard L Sampson0

  • Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.

    The Hideaway Book Review and Recipe

    The Hideaway Book Review and Recipe

    by Amanda Leitch0

  • In all, it’s a magnificent piece, one that, while short, conveys some very important solutions for social problems that even members of modern society have difficulty dealing with. Cahan skillfully communicates the need to act, to “strike while the iron is hot,” and not to wait while it cools for fear that sparks may fly into our faces or that the steel may crack.

    Where The Timid Fail: An Analysis of Abraham Cahan’s “A Sweatshop Romance”

    Where The Timid Fail: An Analysis of Abraham Cahan’s “A Sweatshop Romance”

    by Earl S. Wynn6

  • "Collateral Crimes" is a modern action-mystery novel written in classic style. What are the pros and cons of this debut novel by Jeffrey Yochim?

    Collateral Crimes, a Book Review

    Collateral Crimes, a Book Review

    by Tamara Wilhite0

  • Before I Fall (2010) is a young adult novel recounting the last days of a 17-year old girl who relives the day of her death, over and over again.

    Before I Fall Book Review

    Before I Fall Book Review

    by Joseph Lawrence0

  • Forever Odd is the second book by Dean Koontz, in the Odd Thomas series. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, and I think his work on The Odd Thomas series is some of his best.

    An Audio Book Review of Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

    An Audio Book Review of Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

    by Leonard L Sampson0

  • The use of Sylvia as the protagonist gave the story a real quality to it. The world as seen through the eyes of a pre-teen, streetsmart kid, and the realization that there was still a lot to learn in an unfair world.

    Review of Toni Cade Bambera's "The Lesson"

    Review of Toni Cade Bambera's "The Lesson"

    by Joe Friedman11

  • Robert Hough dramatizes an autobiography of Jungleland's famous tiger trainer, Mabel Stark. Dialogue scenes in the novel are fiction, but 1920's-60's circus performers and life-style is authentic.

    The Final Confession of Mabel Stark: A Book Review

    The Final Confession of Mabel Stark: A Book Review

    by Gilbert Arevalo2

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an eventful and vibrant story about what happens to the people around us when we love, too much.

    Book Review: Everything, Everything

    Book Review: Everything, Everything

    by Joseph Lawrence0

  • Why do people read sad books, listen to sad songs, or enjoy a movie where the good guys don't save the day or get the girl in the end? A discussion of tragedy.

    The Value of "Depressing" Fiction

    The Value of "Depressing" Fiction

    by Rachael Lefler0

  • Discover the masterful story telling in Jules Verne's classic, The Mysterious Island. This review also covers the parallels and differences between the book and the hit television series, LOST.

    Book Review: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

    Book Review: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

    by MacPharlain20