Monthly Archives: May, 2012

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about a young woman named Hester Prynne who has committed adultery.  Her community punishes her with an embroidered letter A that she has to wear on her clothes for the rest of her life.  In spite of her shame, Hester boldly wears the symbol. She also refuses to reveal …

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Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray is a book by Ruta Sepetys about a sixteen-year-old Lithuanian artist named Lina.  She, her mother, and her brother Jonas are deported by the Russians at the beginning of World War II and sent to Siberia to work.  Lina struggles to survive on a beet farm (where she falls in love with …

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Gulliver’s Travels

This is a book by Jonathan Swift about Gulliver, a man who sails all around the world and runs into different species that make him reconsider societal values.  He meets people who are much bigger and much smaller than himself, immortal beings who are trying to deal with eternal old age, horses that are surprised …

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Mill on the Floss

I just finished reading Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.  It tells the story of Maggie Tulliver from childhood to her early twenties.  It is an engaging read with a lovable protagonist and brilliant descriptions.  This book begins optimistically, when Mr. and Mrs. Tulliver decide what to do about an education for Maggie’s brother Tom. …

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