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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

Kimberly Shephard, January 11, 2011

My obsession with this book verges on the ridiculous. Both the prose and the story are so powerful that there were multiple moments I found myself out of breath waiting for the plot to thicken even further. The story is in the post-Apocalyptic remnants of what used to be the USA, there are 13 districts and their governing city, called the Capitol. To keep each district in line, the Capitol holds the Hunger Games every year where two teenagers from each district come to battle it out to the death. This plot summary just doesn't do the book justice however, because more than a exciting adventurous thriller, there's super smart commentary on the nature of politics, reality television and entertainment, and a little (faux?) romance thrown in for good measure. Anyway, read this book, as it's equally exciting for adults as it is for adolescents.
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The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf
The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

Kimberly Shephard, March 19, 2007

This book is obviously not a "self-help" book yet every woman, young or old, fat or thin, "beautiful" or "ugly" needs to read this to be able to understand her emotional and social make-up. Naomi Wolf eloquently explains how strongly the beauty mythhas permeated women's sex lives, economic decisions, reading material, beliefs, eating habits and relationships. Even though this book is pre-internet and pre-reality tv because it was written in the early 1990's, its arguments are made even strong by the way our society has changed because of these new forms of entertainment. Read it, be sad about the world because of it and then feel like a stronger person for being able to understand and try to escape the beauty myth.
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