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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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The Secret Garden (Aladdin Classics) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden (Aladdin Classics)

Colorado Jess, August 5, 2014

This wonderful story delighted and enthralled me for hours as a young child. I was there with these characters and the beautiful drawings were well-done and complemented it nicely. Still plenty of Summer left to take a trip to the Secret Garden!
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

Colorado Jess, June 4, 2014

I am aware that many books have been written on the subject of World War 11. Each has a different slant on the subject and "All The Light We Cannot See" shows the war from the prospective of a German boy turned soldier and a French blind girl. Be prepared to be dazzled and touched. Anthony Doerr has an amazing writing style that often gave me pause. The characters in this book come to life through his clever imagination. This book grabbed me from start to finish. Well-done Mr. Doerr and I hope your story reaches a large audience.
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Colorado Jess, January 3, 2014

This book exceeded my expectations by a lot! Fasten your seatbelt and hang on for an amazing ride through a time of dustbowls, shantytowns, and abject poverty juxtaposed next to the blue-blood sport of rowing. What makes this so inspiring is that we get to follow a group of University of Washington guys go from being poor farmers, loggers, and fishermen to first class rowers despite their backgrounds. This is set during the time leading up to and during the Olympics of 1936 when Hitler and his ego wanted so badly to win.
I would put this in the same league of writing as Unbroken. That good!
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

Colorado Jess, November 23, 2013

I will admit it. I am a huge Bill Bryson fan. In this book, as most of his others, I was brought to tears of laughter and made to ponder. Bill Bryson brings to life a childhood of innocence and mischief in the 1950's. Picture him during a civil defense drill, sitting at his desk while everyone else, including the teacher, is under theirs. His father had pointed out that if there was a bomb, they would all be dead within 90 minutes. So Bill spends his time constructively reading a comic book. Make sense to me!
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One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
One Summer: America, 1927

Colorado Jess, October 24, 2013

Bill Bryson will be no stranger for many. His cleverness, insightfulness, and humor are on full display in this new non-fiction book. This delightful romp will educate and amuse anyone remotely intrigued with America in the years surrounding 1927. And, yes, fascinate those of us that didn't know we were interested in what went on then, as well!
He brings subjects to light and to life that would not ordinarily be of interest. For instance, I am not a boxing fan, yet he drew me into the life of Jack Dempsey and his ilk. There is something for everybody and I have even recommended it to people who were not born here but have made America their home. I wish my history classes had been this interesting!
Enjoy!
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