Cleaning houses are a girl’s best friend. Or is it diamonds? In The Dirt Diary, by Anna Staniszewski, the main character, Rachel Lee, must clean houses with her mother in order to pay back the money that she stole until her mom finds out about her purchase. Rachel uses the money to buy a one way ticket to Florida, where her father ran off to, to bring him home. However, there’s only a slim chance of him actually coming home and a large chance of her mom finding out and forbidding her from going in the first place.
“Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health” was written by Judith Walzer Leavitt, a historian whose careful research and talented writing gave rise to one of the most well-known accounts of Typhoid Mary’s life. The focus of the book, as its very title suggests, is on Mary Mallon, the young woman whose individual rights to freedom were sacrificed for the public’s health and safety. Born in Ireland, Mary Mallon moved to New York as a teenager and soon became a domestic cook serving in wealthy American households. Unfortunately, the epidemic of typhoid fever was spreading like wildfire through the homes, including the ones where Mallon worked. When the disease hit the household of the banker Charles Warren, the family hired the sanitary engineer George Soper who was well-known for his ‘shoe-leather’ investigations.
In the Novel, Lucky Child by Loung Ung 2005, Loung Ung is a girl who is chosen to go to America with her oldest brother and his wife. Chou is Loung’s older sister and stays in Cambodia. Lucky Child is a story about them trying to reunite with each other while coping with their inner demons revolving around the Khmer Rouge genocide and the Cambodian civil war. In this novel, persistence is a major character trait that allows the characters to survive and eventually thrive throughout their lives in their past, present and in the end. Despite enduring hardship during the Khmer Rouge, It is persistence that ultimately ends up playing a vital role that helps the characters survive.
She lived in in a watch shop that she and her family inherited before her first birthday. Her father was always working in the shop so above the shop was a home that Corrie Ten Boom and her siblings stayed in most of the day while being watched by their aunts (“Corrie Ten Boom,” World Biographies). She was born to very religous parents, Corlutingh and Casper Ten Boom, which taught her to have a deep love and respect for Jews. She was very close to her older sister Betsie, and they often did many things together. At a very young age Corrie Ten Boom and her family helped the homeless by supplying food, shelter and water.
The ghost of Christmas past had took him home to his old home town and showed how he went home on Christmas and was really happy to see his sister. After he got home they went to a get together with their friends and he fell in love with a woman named Alice, and got engaged eventually she made him choose between her or his money and of course he chose the money. Before his sister died after giving birth he got upset and left before he could hear that his sister wanted him to take care of her son.
I don't remember much when I was young, but apparently my mother took me to New York City on Ellis Island. My mom would tell me stories about how crowded the boat was and the hardships of Ireland she faced before she left. I was born in 1900 in Ireland because my Grandmother’s parents refused to leave her home during the potato famine of 1850 when she was a tiny baby. But eventually, my mom was forced to move out at the time I was born, to ensure that I had a better future. She described the process of going through Ellis island as painful considering that it reopened on December 17th and people were eager to come into America.
In a Huffington Post article, one of the stars of the TLC show, ‘Breaking Amish’, Kate is interviewed about her past Amish life and her present life living in New York City as a model, designer, and college student. Kate grew up in small farm located in a religious sect of the Amish country in Pennsylvania; though her family had raised her to reject the modern day world, she decided to take a chance and break away from the Amish life and move to New York City. Though Kate is privileged to be doing so well living in the modern day world, she came from an oppressed background. Being born into an Amish family, she failed to be asked to be raised as Amish. Now out in the world, Kate has struggled with huge cultural change that came with leaving the Amish.
Well ladies, we have come a long way in the world haven 't we? Fifty years ago women were slaves to the domestic scene, expected to marry straight out of college and have three children by the time they were 30. Women stayed in the house cleaning, cooking and taking care of the children while their husbands were off earning the money. In addition, they could have never imagined themselves doing anything more extreme or exciting than knitting or playing cards with the neighbors down the street every Saturday night. Fast forward to present day where women are achieving goals never before imagined and participating in sports a woman fifty years ago could never have envisioned partaking in.
Who is Jeannette Walls? She’s the author of The Glass Castle, a 2005 memoir about growing up with her family most especially with her parents who could be described as nomads and deadbeats. Notwithstanding the difficult upbringing, her siblings and she had, Jeannette perseveres and becomes a successful Journalist living in New York City. She explains how happy, but conflicted because her parents refuse money from her and live as homeless people. She writes the memoir to work through her feelings and share’s her story.
“Mis hijas, hoy fue su ultimo dia de escuela. Esta noche nos tomaremos un avión hacia Los Estados Unidos.” boasted my mom as she heatedly threw some of our best clothes into a suitcase. It was a day like any other until I arrived home from school and my mom welcomed my sisters and I with the news that we were going to take a flight to the United States of America in a few hours. Even as I write about it, I once again feel the chills that raced through my body that day. Trembling, I looked at my mom as if she has sprouted an extra head.