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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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    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445


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One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
One Plus One

writermala, August 31, 2014

Can One Plus One be greater than two? Read this delightful novel and find out. Jess is a single mom who is the mother of a Math Whiz daughter and a different son. They endure no end of trials and tribulations but Jess never loses her optimism. Will the burdens never cease? Enter Ed Nicholls who too is a victim. This enchanting book describes Jess's adventures with her family and Ed. Will it all turn out right? Nothing like reading the book to find out.
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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

writermala, August 29, 2014

I must be a prude. I just couldn't condone the protagonist of this story indulging in an adulterous relationship to rediscover the meaning of her life. I am a huge Paulo Coelho fan and so had very high expectations. This book was a let down to say the least.
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Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts
Everybody's Got Something

writermala, August 26, 2014

Robin Roberts, the Co-anchor of Good Morning America, has a story to tell. She has beaten Breast Cancer only to learn that she now has a condition called MDS which can be cured only by the painful procedure of Bone Marrow Transplant.
The book is an account of her battle with MDS but it is much more than that. Roberts tells us of the love and friendship she received from friends and family and how it helped her in her fight. The title of the book is Roberts' "momma's" quote. Yes, when you encounter a problem remember "Everybody's Got Something." This message from her mother along with her favourite saying, asking her to make a message of any mess helped her immensely and the book will help us in our battles in our lives..
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The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Husband's Secret

writermala, August 25, 2014

Cecilia reads a letter that her husband had left for her to open after his death; she reads it while he is alive - what a Pandora's Box! The contents affect him, her, Rachel, Connor and consequently Tess.Moriarty has skillfully woven a poignant tale where one commiserates with John Paul and Cecilia without condoning their actions. How will justice be done? Reading through the book breathlessly is the only way to find out! -
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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Invention of Wings

writermala, August 23, 2014

Once I started reading this book I could not stop till I'd finished reading every word, including the Author's Note. Not surprisingly Kidd says she was inspired by the words of Professor Julius Lester that "History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart our own." Indeed the author has helped all her readers make one particular pain their own. In the telling of "The invention of wings," Kidd uses Sarah Grimke and Handful as narrators and the story begins appropriately with Sarah receiving Handful as a "gift" on her eleventh Birthday! The fact that Sarah does not want a "slave" as her own personal maid is of no consequence. Handful makes the astute observation, that she is not sure if Sarah's feelings for her are love or guilt and indeed Sarah feels a measure of both. Handful also wonders if what she feels for Sarah is love or a way to be safe! Once Sarah's younger sister Angelina is on the scene the dynamics change and Angelina is even more spirited in her speaking for Abolition and Women's rights. Angelina complements Sarah in every way and together they rewrite history. As Sarah says "Nina was one wing I was the other." Yes, these two brave sisters invented wings and soared!
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