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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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Wool by Hugh Howey

GrannyH, November 17, 2013

Set in a dystopian future, Wool had me within a few pages. People are living in an underground silo with over 100 levels because the outside air is poisonous. Crumbling skyscrapers can be viewed through portals that become increasingly obscured by blowing dust. Lotteries determine who will be allowed to give birth to new babies to replace those who die from natural causes (and get buried in the gardens that supply food) or commit crimes and are sent outside to clean the portal sensors and die. Expressing a desire to go outside means you will be the next cleaner. I look forward to future books that may reveal how the world became poisoned, and the future of the people of the silo, who have stolen my heart.
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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Dog Stars

GrannyH, January 1, 2013

I loved this story. Post-apocalypse, nearly all people dead or suffering from a serious disease, yet a hopeful book, a sweet story in spite of it all.
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

GrannyH, January 1, 2012

Louis Zamperini was a juvenile delinquent. Thanks to local police tolerant to youthful shenanigans, he grew up to be a great runner and somewhat reluctant warrior who was in a U. S. bomber that went down in the Pacific during WWII. After surviving an unbelievably long time in a life raft, he was captured by the Japanese and held on the mainland in incredibly horrible conditions. Laura Hillenbrand captures his incredible spirit in this tale of his life. I wish everyone would read it. And re-think our current treatment of juvenile delinquents (not a subject covered in this book.) Celebrate the human spirit!
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help

GrannyH, January 2, 2011

I loved this book, it really opened up a new world for me. Kathryn Stockett offers the chance to walk a mile in the shoes of the black hired help, working in the Southern white household. How can you ask a woman to nurse your baby and then tell her she is too unclean to use your bathroom?
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