Happy Birthday to Shakespeare and his starlings

Western culture is undoubtedly indebted to William Shakespeare.  His neologisms expanded and defined the English language and the emotional detail of his characters gave them verisimilitude practically unseen previously in English literature and theater. It is no small wonder that his fans are often ardent, adapting his stories to their own era of time, or dedicating festivals to the performance of his works. Some forays … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Shakespeare and his starlings

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Fun Home: A Tragicomic

​Bibliography: Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Houghton Mifflin Company. 2007. ISBN-13: 9780618871711 About the Author: American cartoonist and writer Alison Bechdel is a recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Genius Award, writer of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and creator of the widely used Bechdel Test. Plot: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a graphic memoir that follows the life of Alice Bechdel before and after her father’s death. The term “tragicomic” is a … Continue reading Fun Home: A Tragicomic

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The Defense

Bibliography: Nabokov, Vladimir. The Defense. 1990. New York. Vintage Books, Random House. ISBN: 0679727221 Plot and Analysis: The Defense follows a professional chess player named Luzhin from his childhood when he discovers chess to his adult life in which chess has become not just an occupation but the very center of his life, if not the only substance of it.  A nervous breakdown during a championship match (for which he has meticulously … Continue reading The Defense

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ellington was not a street

Bibliography: Shange, Ntozake. Nelson, Kadir. Ellington was not a street. 2004. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. New York. ISBN-13: 9780689828843 Plot: Ellington was not a street is an illustration of Ntozke Shange’s poem “Mood Indigo.” This true story follows the childhood memories of Shange in the early 1950’s. Growing up with a loving and protecting family, Shange was shielded from the pain of … Continue reading ellington was not a street

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Jenny Han: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a P.S. I Still Love You

Bibliography: Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. 2014. Simon & Schuster. ISBN-13: 9781442426719 Bibliography: Han, Jenny. P.S. I Still Love You. 2015. Simon & Schuster. ISBN-13: 9781442426740 Plots: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Lara Jean has been in love five times in her 16 years of life. Each time she is ready to move on from her love, she writes … Continue reading Jenny Han: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a P.S. I Still Love You

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A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White

Bibliography: Herkert, Barbara. Castillo, Lauren. A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider. 2017. New York. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN-13: 9781627792455 Plot: A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider is a touching biography of children’s author E.B. White. This children’s book chronicles the important moments of White’s life and how they shaped his stories. This children’s book follows White’s life from childhood to school, college, … Continue reading A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Bibliography Bardugo, Leigh. Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Random House. New York. ISBN-13: 9780399549731. Plot Diana wants to prove that she belongs with her Amazonian warrior sisters, but she jeopardizes the opportunity to do so when she rescues an outsider from a shipwreck. Not only does this break Amazonian law -risking exile- but it brings illness and natural disasters to her once peaceful island. Diana learns that … Continue reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer

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