Monthly Archives: June 2012

Thoughts on Chaim Potok’s The Promise (by Bethany)

Once, when I was having some experiences that I wanted to talk over with a therapist, I spoke to several practitioners on the phone and chose the one who responded to the details of my situation by saying “Holy shit!” … Continue reading

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Progress Report: Thoughts on chapter 1 of Allende’s The House of the Spirits (by Bethany)

William Faulkner famously said, “The past is not dead; in fact, it is not even past,” and I think it’s hard to even begin to appreciate magic realism without considering this idea. Magic realism seems to emerge from cultures rich … Continue reading

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Progress report, AP English Challenge: The House of the Spirits (by Jill)

I’m about 1/3 of the way through The House of the Spirits.  I last read this book in its entirety my freshman year of college in a comparative literature class.  This was not an English class.  At my university, there … Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds: Thoughts* on Chaim Potok’s The Chosen (by Bethany)

* It seems to me that there should be a statute of limitations to the use of the word “review.” After a book has been around for a while, I have trouble saying that I am “reviewing” it. So I think I … Continue reading

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A Review of Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (by Bethany)

Last week on CNN, Donald Trump was talking again about his suspicions that President Obama was not born in the United States. Anchor John King wasted no words in concluding that Trump’s continuing refusal to let this topic die is … Continue reading

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Review of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom (by Jill)

I have to make a confession: I put off reading books that I deem to be “too popular,” no matter how much I am told (or believe myself) I will enjoy them.  For example, I have not read Yann Martel’s … Continue reading

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