“Her eyes meet mine for a second. ‘I hate you,’ she mouths silently” (Anderson 5). This quote is one example of a young girl’s merciless high school society in the novel Speak, written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Laurie Halse Anderson was born in 1961 in Potsdam, New York and has since gone on to become a best selling author. She was also honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards award and had her novel, Speak, become a finalist for the National Book Award (“Laurie Halse Anderson…”).
The Mother-Daughter Book Club is a series of novels by American contemporary fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction author Heather Vogel Frederick. The first novel of the highly popular series was the 2007 published Mother-Daughter Book Club that made the name of the author. Frederick published the first novel in the series in 2007, and has not looked back since, publishing over six more titles in the series by 2016. The series follows the stories of four girls and their relationships to each other and with their mothers. The take the format of a book club, an increasingly popular way of bonding the US where mothers and daughters come together to read books, and use the narratives and the time they spend together to have better relationships.
Reflective Essay A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan is a novelist from America. She has written four books and one of her books, which is A Visit from the Goon Squad, won Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 2011. Her unique writing style in A Visit from the Goon Squad has contributed to her win back then. As stated by Egan in her interview with The Guardian in 2011, she always wants to make something new that is different from her previous novels. In this book, she uses disjointed storylines to tell the story.
Lois Lowry, an American writer who wrote more than twenty inspiring books for children and the most famous books she ever wrote was the giver and gathering blue. Each book has a different protagonist but both of them have been written in the future era. She wanted to write books as it was her passion and she has taught many young readers on how to deal with social and political life. She is best known for writing books on expressing realistic life experience. The two books I read were The giver and Gathering Blue, these two books talk on how she wants society to become a better place in the future.
The book I choose is THE LOWLAND which is written by JHUMPA LAHIRI. Jhumpa Lahiri is an American author was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and author of two previous books. Her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year. Her novel The Namesake was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications.
Amy Tan’s autobiographical novel employs four different stories where mothers and their daughters retell in meetings their personal experiences on their relationships with one another. In this way, all mother characters are portrayed with their distinctive characteristics as the text follows. Suyuan Woo is one if the mothers and the most important one, as she created “The Joy Luck Club”, to which the tittle of the novel is attributed to. Tan depicts her typical human experiences of being good, terrible and a good-bad mother. Archetypical “characters display stereotypical personalities, behaviors and characteristics regardless of how unique they may appear at first glance as, character archetypes are used by many writers as devices to help present a story” .
When Elvis was leaving for Maine, Portland he did not pack because of his depression (Peterson). On August 16, 1977 Elvis was found dead in his mansion in Memphis, Tennessee and at 3:30 he was announced dead at the age of 43 (Peterson, “Elvis”). Elvis had died from cardiac arrhythmia and later, the doctors found out that Elvis had taken ten drugs and four of them were toxic (Peterson). Elvis’ heart and liver were damaged from the years of the substances (Peterson). At Elvis Presley’s funeral there were 15,000 to 20,000 fans that were lined up from Graceland to the cemetery and later, there were about 50,000
I played the rest of the game slow and disoriented. When the game ended we had barely won. When we all got out of the pool to shake their hands, I couldn't walk straight and I felt like I had to vomit. That is when my parents and coaches realized that I needed medical attention. I was taken to the emergency room and I didn't leave until 5 o'clock the next morning.
His hand is shaking. Francis, I 'm going out for cigarettes” (Mccourt 36). Each time a child dies, depression from the McCourt parents builds, which forces Frankie and his siblings to care for themselves more than usual. Another effect of the death of the child is Malachy 's relentless drinking, and Angela 's smoking. However, this has a domino effect on the remaining people in the family since they would spend the few dollars that they managed to scrape up on cigarettes and alcohol; “There may be a lack of tea or bread in the house but Mam and Dad always manage to get the fags, the Wild Woodbines.
For instance, when Jem, Scout and Dill were trying to see if they could get Boo out of his house but instead were almost shot at by his brother, Nathan, Jem's pants got torn and left behind he comes back to find them " sewed up" like something "he'd try to do." Just waiting for him to come and pick them up. Another time Boo was generous was when Miss Maudie's house caught on fire and Scout was waiting out the cold and didn’t even realize that she had the blanket until her dad pointed it out. Atticus says, "'We'd better keep this and the blanket to ourselves. Someday, maybe, Scout can thank him for covering her up.'