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Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop

Plot: The archetypal Victorian melodrama, as heartfelt and moving today as when it was first published, Charles Dickens’s The Old Curiosity Shop is edited with notes and an introduction by Norman Page in Penguin Classics. Little Nell Trent lives in the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop with her ailing grandfather, for whom she cares withContinue reading “Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop”

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BookClub Reads: A Room Of One’s Own

Plot: A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on the 24th of October, 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictionalContinue reading “BookClub Reads: A Room Of One’s Own”

Book Review: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

Plot: The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formativeContinue reading “Book Review: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn”

Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems

Plot: A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh is nothing less than a true children’s classic. Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. This very special collection will delight fans of Winnie-the-Pooh young and old. Relive all yourContinue reading “Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh: The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems”

BookClub Reads: The Professor

Plot: The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Brontë. It was originally written before Jane Eyre and rejected by many publishing houses, but was eventually published posthumously in 1857. The book is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth. It describes his maturation, his loves and his eventual career as a professor atContinue reading “BookClub Reads: The Professor”

Book Review: Other Voices, Other Rooms

Plot: Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at Skully’s Landing, theContinue reading “Book Review: Other Voices, Other Rooms”

Book Review: Little Women

Plot: Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles toContinue reading “Book Review: Little Women”

Book Review: The Bell Jar

Plot: Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.  Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that herContinue reading “Book Review: The Bell Jar”

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