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Acceleration by Graham McNamee - Acceleration by Graham McNamee * Duncan, Vinny, and Wayne are all friends working - or wasting time - the summer before senior year in high school. Duncan is the soul, Vinny the brains, and Wayne the muscle. At the end of the previous summer, Duncan tried to save a drowning girl and failed. Not being a hero has really affected his life, particularly his relationship with his girlfriend Kim. Also, he is now terrified of swimming, especially when the nightmares come back. Duncan's summer job is with the public transit lost and found....   [tags: Book Review McNamee] 1319 words
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Passivity Vs. Passion In The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Passivity Vs. Passion The Perks of Being a Wallflower is by no means a typical narrative. Taking the form of an epistolary novel presented as a series of letters from a boy who calls himself Charlie, but notes that he will change names and minor details so for the sake of his anonymity, the short novel tackles themes such as pedophilia, drug use, depression, abortion and many more complex issues. Stuck in the middle of the mix is a young boy who certainly is not the archetypal protagonist, the novel's wallflower....   [tags: Wallflower Perks Book Analysis] 1654 words
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Book Report On Rebecca - NOVEL STUDY Section A - Background Information 1) In 1907, a popular writer named Daphne Du Maurier was born. She wrote her first novel, Loving Spirit, in 1931. Other novels that Du Maurier wrote were Rule Britannia, My Cousin Rachel, The King’s General. The Scapegoat, Jamaican Inn and many more. Margaret Forester held high praises for Du Maurier. Forester had said, "No other popular writer {Du Maurier} has so triumphantly defied classification… She satisfied all t questionable criteria of popular fiction, and yet satisfied too, the exact requirements of "real literature", something very few novelist do." Daphne Du Maurier died in 1985, at the age of 82....   [tags: essays research papers] 3719 words
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Book Review Freakonomics - "Anybody living in the United States in the early 1990s and paying even a whisper of attention to the nightly news or a daily paper could be forgiven for having been scared out of his skin... The culprit was crime. It had been rising relentlessly - a graph plotting the crime rate in any American city over recent decades looked like a ski slope in profile... Death by gunfire, intentional and otherwise, had become commonplace, So too had carjacking and crack dealing, robbery, and rape. Violent crime was a gruesome and constant companion......   [tags: Steven Levitt] 1509 words
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A Million Little Pieces by James Frey - A Million Little Pieces by James Frey Main Characters: James, Leonard, Lilly, Miles, Hank Setting: A Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility Main theme: How a person deals with drug and alcohol addiction while in an institution Summary Chapter 1-5: The book opens with the narrator, James, waking up on an airplane. He is bleeding, missing four teeth, and has a broken nose. He doesn't know how he got these injuries or where he is going. They tell him that a concerned friend of his contacted them and that his injuries were the result of a fall down a fire escape....   [tags: Book Report Summary Frey] 1149 words
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William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew The author of The Taming of the Shrew was William Shakespeare. Shakespeare lived from around April 23, 1564 to April 23, 1616. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and together they had three children, two girls and a boy (who died at the age of twelve)....   [tags: Book Report Shakespeare] 991 words
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Life in Oklahoma City by Ralph Ellison - Life in Oklahoma City by Ralph Ellison The author Ralph Ellison is a renowned writer and scholar with significant nonfiction stories credited to his name. He was born in Oklahoma City about the year 1913. His family had a small business wherein his father worked as a foreman but soon died when he was only three years old. After several years, he later found out that his father wished that he would someday become a poet after the great American essayist popularly known as Ralph Waldo Emerson who became his namesake....   [tags: Ralph Ellison Book Review] 1785 words
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A Look at the Final Chapter of Timothy Glander’s Book, Origins of Mass Communications Research During the American Cold War: Educational Effects and C - The final chapter of Timothy Glander’s book, Origins of Mass Communications Research During the American Cold War: Educational Effects and Contemporary Implications (2000) stands as a disappointing example of academic research becoming hijacked by the author’s personal opinion. Focusing on the hidden nature of propaganda in American life, his concluding chapter presents a very drastic view of the individuals who crafted the academic subject now known as mass communications. I see the need for investigating the status quo, for digging into the motivations behind the images and data churned out in the mass media, and for questioning the trivia facts that become common knowledge....   [tags: war, cold war]
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Toni Morrison - Toni Morrison In the mid twentieth century, the Civil Rights Movement influenced African-American writers to express their opinions. Most African-American writers of the time discussed racism in America and social injustice. Some authors sought to teach how the institution of slavery affected those who lived through it and African-Americans who were living at the time. One of these writers was the Toni Morrison, the novelist, who intended to teach people about all aspects of African-American life present and past....   [tags: Biography Toni Morrison Author Essays]
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Comparing Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur - Comparing Notions of Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur The monastic lifestyle that Launcelot and his knights adopt after their conversion is one that Margery Kempe might approve of -- doing penance, singing mass, fasting, and remaining abstinent. (MdA, 525) But Launcelot's change of heart is not motivated by the emotions that move Kempe, nor is his attitude towards God the same as can be found in The Book of Margery Kempe and The Wakefield Mystery Plays....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Analysis of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - Analysis of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien In the book “The Things They Carried”, O’Brien uses imagery, figurative language and repetition to convey his message. O’Brien’s purpose for story telling, is to clear his conscience of war and to tell the stories of soldiers who were forgotten by society. Many young men were sent to war, despite opposing it. They believed it was “wrong” to be sent to their deaths. Sadly, no one realizes a person’s significance until they die. Only remembering how they lived rather than acknowledging their existence when they were alive....   [tags: Book Analysis, Imagery, The Things They Carried, T] 1347 words
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Book Report on "Death of an Innocent" by Chris McCandless - In Death of an Innocent, Chris McCandless goes on a memorable and tragic journey into Alaska, but for most of his expedition he was known, not as Chris McCandless, but as Alexander Supertramp. The reason that he changed his name for his journey was because he is running away from his past and wanted to become the person he believed he really was. Chris McCandless had a very comfortable life of an upper-middle class citizen, with a good education and many opportunities. On a summer trip to California, Chris learned a life shattering secret, that he had actually had several half siblings....   [tags: Death of an Innocent, Chris McCandless, ] 987 words
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Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is a very uniquely written book. This book is comprised of countless stories that, though are out of order, intertwine and capture the reader’s attention through the end of the novel. This book, which is more a collection of short stories rather than one story that has a beginning and an end, uses a format that will keep the reader coming back for more. Typically, a novel contains four basic parts: a beginning, middle, climax, and the end. The beginning sets the tone for the book and introduces the reader to the characters and the setting....   [tags: O'Brien Things Carried Book Analysis] 1258 words
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The Hobbit - The Hobbit I.     Information about the book a.     The title of my book is “The Hobbit”. The book is about a hobbit and 13 dwarves. This hobbit’s name is Bilbo Baggins, and he lives in Hobbiton. b.     Copyright © 1966; Published by Ballantine Publishing Group. c.     The author of “The Hobbit” is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. After serving in the First World War, he decided to take up an academic career. He studied Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, Pembroke College, and Merton College and retired in 1959....   [tags: Hobbit Book Report Outline Essays] 1406 words
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Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie - Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie The book Orbiting the Giant Hairball was written by Gordon MacKenzie in 1996. Originally self-published the book became a business "cult classic". Gordon was an employee of Hallmark Cards for 30 years, where he inspired his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to “orbit” - to a mode of dreaming, daring, and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set....   [tags: Orbiting Hairball MacKenzie Book Review] 1991 words
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Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich - A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich The novel: A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (written by Alexander Solzhenitzyn), tells the story of a Russian soldier’s life in a Siberian labor camp around the time of World War II. The protagonist in the story, Ivan, better known as “Shukhov”, is wrongly accused of committing treason and is sentenced to full 10 years of imprisonment in the camp. Throughout the story, the author makes vivid references to help the reader identify with the setting, climate, and overall feeling of what Ivan must deal with on a day-to-day basis....   [tags: Alexander Solzhenitzyn Book Review Analysis] 920 words
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Empire Of The Sun by JG Ballard - What can I say about "Empire of the Sun" other than it is a brilliant book, "Empire of the Sun" is not about the end; it's all about the journey. Knowing that's going to happen is irrelevant, it's how things happen that's important and how people react to the events. The novel tells the story, in a fictional account, of the author's experiences as a young boy in Shanghai at the outbreak of the Second World War. Jim, the third person narrator of the novel, is separated from his parents when the Japanese invade Shanghai at the end of 1941....   [tags: Ballard Empire Sun Book Review] 843 words
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was not an easy book to read. Writing styles have changed tremendously since the 1700’s. Despite the cultural differences I learned a lot about the man and the time. Benjamin Franklin was a remarkable man. He was a printer, author, politician and an inventor. He was one of fifteen children in his family. Because he was from such a large family he was sent out to work at a very early age. He only had a few years of grammar school education when he started working in his fathers business....   [tags: Book Report Benjamin Franklin Essays]
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Suspense Examples In A Prayer For Owen Meany - Different Ways John Irving Creates Suspense in A Prayer for Owen Meany In John Irving's novel titled, A Prayer for Owen Meany, suspenseful events are of abundance, and there are multiple ways the author creates this suspense. Among these methods of creating suspense, four that stand out are the use of setting, the pace of the story, the involvement of mysteries to be solved, and the ability of the reader to easily identify and sympathize with the protagonist. By placing a character in a gloomy or solitary place, uncomfortable feelings are created, which append to the suspense....   [tags: Book Novel Analysis John Irving] 1482 words
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Black Hawk Down - Black Hawk Down Mark Bowden's 'Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War' is a minute by minute reconstruction of the climactic battle in the short, American military campaign in Mogadishu. The Battle of the Black Sea, as it is known, was the most serious firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. Eighteen American soldiers were killed, and more than 70 wounded, in 15 hours of ferocious fighting. More than 500 Somalis combatants were killed, among more than a thousand casualties....   [tags: Firefight History Book Historical Essays] 1106 words
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Abortion in Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants - Abortion in Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants The story "Hills Like White Elephants" is a conversation between a young woman `Jig' and an American man waiting for a train at a station in Spain. The author never names the topic of their discussion but as their dialogue progresses; it becomes evident that Jig is pregnant. The man wants Jig to abort the unborn child but she is unconvinced and wants to become a mother. Hemingway has brilliantly written the story's dialogue which "captures the feel of a private conversation while at the same time communicating the necessary narrative background" (O'Brien 19)....   [tags: Book Reviews Hemingway Elephants Abortion]
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Dr. Jekyl And Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is telling people that they fear the knowledge of their duality so they keep silent. That everyday people are silent they fight a "war" within their bodies and minds. People are afraid of the truth, about themselves, so they stay quiet. Everybody has a part of himself or herself that they don't reveal to anyone. People are afraid to show it, but when it comes out they would rather not talk about it. People cannot do this, it is essential that one be capable of good and evil to be in existence....   [tags: Robert Louis Stevenson Book Analysis] 908 words
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Alice Walker's Literature - Alice Walker's Literature “Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence” -Alice Walker (Lewis n.pag) Walker is considered to an African American novelist, short story writers poet, essayist, and activist. Most of her literature are mostly from her personal experiences and are morale to numbers of African American all over the world. Walker defines herself as a “womanist” which means “The prophetic voice concerned about the well-being of the entire African American community, male and female, adults and children....   [tags: Author Writer Alice Walker] 1108 words
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Virginia Woolf - Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf was born in London, as the daughter of Julia Jackson Duckworth, a member of the Duckworth publishing family, and Sir Leslie Stephen, a literary critic, a friend of Meredith, Henry James, Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, and George Eliot, and the founder of the Dictionary of National Biography. Leslie Stephen's first wife had been the daughter of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray. His daughter Laura from the first marriage was institutionalized because of mental retardation....   [tags: Author Writer Biography Woolf] 1700 words
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Chris Crutcher Biography - Chris Crutcher Biography Chris Crutcher was born on July 17, 1946 in Dayton, Ohio. His father was an Air Force pilot and his mother was a homemaker. Chris grew up in Cascade, Idaho. As a child there was not much for kids to do in Idaho, a tiny logging community north of Boise, so many children turned to sports. Chris got his education from Eastern Washington State College in 1968. His hobbies were running , basketball, swimming, biking, and competing in triathlon. Chris has an older brother who was valedictorian of his class....   [tags: Biography Writer Author] 1566 words
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Charlotte Bronte's Childhood Influences to Become a Writer - Charlotte Bronte's Childhood Influences to Become a Writer Charlotte was born to in 1816 in Yorkshire to Patrick Bronte and his wife. She was one of six children, an averaged size family in those days. The family were moved to Haworth (a small village in the west Yorkshire moors) in 1820. Sadly a year later Mrs Bronte died leaving the six children in her sisters care. Charlotte had to cope with the death of a mother when she was very young and the death of her two elder sisters a few years later....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Author Essays] 663 words
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The Iniquities of the Father - The Iniquities of the Father: A Look at the Faulknerian Family. Faulkner has been hailed as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, especially for his depictions of life in the Deep South. Many of his stories take place in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. In the Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, he focuses on two very different families in this county, and explores how the “iniquity of the fathers” is revisited “upon the children” (Holy Bible: KJV Deut. 5.9). In both novels, through the use of stream of consciousness and various other modernist writing techniques, Faulkner looks at two deeply troubled families with weak parents and confused children and explores how these children cope--or fail to cope--with loss....   [tags: Writer Author Faulkner Essays]
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Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He was named after his father, James Hughes, but was known as Langston. He was the only child from his parents James and Carrie Hughes. His parents were not married for long because of an unhappy marriage. When they separated, Langston was left with his mother, who left him behind to move from city to city to find work. Langston ended up living with his 70 year-old grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas. He lived with her until he was 13, and then he moved back with his mother in Lincoln, Kansas after his grandmother died in 1915....   [tags: Biography Writer Author Essays] 834 words
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Romanticisam And Washington Irving - Romantic stories did not always end with a happy ending. In fact, the originals of the modern romantic stories were about the evil of human nature. The work of early American writers like Irving and Poe show the influence of European Romanticism. Irving would stress on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories. The supernatural, the emphasis of nature, and exotic locations were used in Poe's works. Washington Irving would use an emphasis on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories....   [tags: Writer Author Irving] 1087 words
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Review of Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth - Throughout the novel, Plain Truth, by Jodi Picoult, we as the reader are presented an inside look into the many boundaries that are placed on the main character, Katie Fisher. While one could argue that the majority of the boundaries were placed on her because of her religion there are also boundaries present that were placed on her because of her parents. Katie Fisher's life pressures are much similar to those of a young student named Neil in the movie Dead Poets Society, where he endures daily pressures that turn into a problem he cannot overcome....   [tags: Book Review] 1382 words
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Michael Wigglesworth: Devoted Preacherman Overcomes Sickliness And Silly Name to Write The First Am - Michael Wigglesworth: Devoted Preacherman Overcomes Sickliness And Silly Name to Write The First American Bestseller THE MAN (NO MYTH, NO LEGEND) Puritan diaries provide feeble fodder for biographical blurbs. Most diaries focus primarily on spiritual growth. The diary of Michael Wigglesworth is hardly an exception. As noted in the reputable Dictionary of Literary Biography, "Wigglesworth’s private, personal life is surrounded by much ambiguity and conjecture." Wigglesworth (1631-1705) spent the bulk of his life in Malden, Massachusetts, his activities alternating between preaching, writing preachy poetry, and retching in pain....   [tags: Author Authors Michael Wigglesworth Essays]
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An Analysis of Roland Barthes’ Death of the Author - An Analysis of Roland Barthes’ Death of the Author “The birth of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the Author.” – Roland Barthes Must the Author be dead to make way for the birth of the reader. In Roland Barthes’ essay “The Death of the Author,” Barthes asserts that the Author is dead because the latter is no longer a part of the deep structure in a particular text. To him, the Author does not create meaning in the text: one cannot explain a text by knowing about the person who wrote it....   [tags: Death Author]
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Social Diagnosis - Social Diagnosis Mary E. Richmond's (1917) scholarly work, Social Diagnosis, is a 511 page comprehensive approach to social work at the beginning of the 20th century. This book provided a systematic framework for social work by formulating questionnaires concerning nearly every aspect of the profession to be used at the initiation of services. The author expressed the specific intent to provide common ground for all case workers so they could "develop a knowledge and mastery of those elements" (p....   [tags: Mary E. Richmond Book Review Analysis] 1509 words
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Barthes' argument in The Death of the Author - The Function of Subject as Signified Barthes’ argument in The Death of the Author, as it is clarified by the structuralist approach of Ferdinand de Saussure and the manifestations of his linguistic system adapted by Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida, is composed of an ultimate dismissal of the signification of a text in favor of the ratification of the function of the subject. Once this function is ascertained, Barthes shifts his impetus to the antiquation of the author’s place in general. The function of the subject that Barthes concludes is the concatenation of the signifier of a text for the purpose of the unification of its constitution....   [tags: Barthes Death of the Author]
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Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow - Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow Martin Luther King Jr. believed that The Strange Career of Jim Crow was, 'The historical bible of the civil rights movement.' Any book that graces a quote, of such intense backing etched across the cover has much to live up to. If an author can get the support of such a predominant figure in American society, like Martin Luther King Jr., the message behind the book will reach an ever growing population. When Martin Luther King Jr. put his stamp of approval on the book written by C....   [tags: Book Reviews Strange Career Jim Crow Essay]
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Farce to Force: Building Profitable E-Commerce Strategy by Sarah McCue - Farce to Force: Building Profitable E-Commerce Strategy by Sarah McCue BOOK REPORT Thesis In her book, McCue- an advisor to U.S. Government, United Nations, and World Bank organizations on trade development, e-commerce, e-government, and youth issues since 1991– indicates that Internet is used as sales and marketing medium but this sales channel is not as viable as expected because a huge number of competitive websites are growing exponentially. In addition, misunderstanding e-commerce and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can result in ineffective business practices....   [tags: Sarah McCue E-commerce Book Review] 1435 words
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Catcher In The Rye - From the Outside, Looking In Despite the debate that may wage on regarding the status to be afforded J. D. Salinger's writings, the author's books have not quietly faded into obscurity. Although published almost a half-century ago, the author's most famous work, Catcher in the Rye, enjoys almost as healthy and devoted a following today as the book did when it was first published. Because of a self-imposed exile that began almost at the same time the Salinger's career was just taking off, much of the substance of the writer's life—his thoughts, ideals, writing objectives—remain shrouded in mystery....   [tags: J.D. Salinger Book Review Catcher Rye] 1679 words
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Review of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning - Review of "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning" War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, written by the talented author Chris Hedges, gives us provoking thoughts that are somewhat painful to read but at the same time are quite personal confessions. Chris Hedges, a talented journalist to say the least, brings nearly 15 years of being a foreign correspondent to this book and subjectively concludes how all of his world experiences tie together. Throughout his book, he unifies themes present in all wars he experienced first hand....   [tags: Book Reviews War Force Chris Hedges Essays] 1755 words
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Rita Dove - Anybody who is currently involved in the world of literature or literary achievements cannot possibly escape hearing the name "Rita Dove." In October of 1993, Ms. Dove's poem Lady Freedom Among Us was published in a limited edition by Janus Press and became the 4 millionth piece collected by the University of Virginia Libraries. In 1994, she read the same poem at the Capitol building to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Capitol and the restoration of the Freedom Statue, which adorns the roof of the Capitol Building....   [tags: Biography Rita Dover Writer Author] 932 words
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Psycho Cybernetics 2000 - Psycho cybernetics 2000 Psycho cybernetics is one of the best motivating novels I have read to this day. It is somewhat repetitive, but the author really does get his point across. There are many examples that show the different areas of self confidence and believing in yourself. There are examples that show how others opinions about you can affect your opinion about yourself, both in the positive and negative aspect. If someone has been belittling your knowledge and potential since you were growing up, it is almost impossible not to rub off on you in some way somewhere in your life....   [tags: Book Review Analysis Maxwell Maltz Bobbe Sommer] 742 words
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Inner Vision: an Exploration of Art and the Brain, by Semir Zeki - Inner Vision: an Exploration of Art and the Brain, by Semir Zeki Is artistic expression intertwined with the inner workings of the brain more than we would ever have imagined. Author and cognitive neuroscientist Semir Zeki certainly thinks so. Zeki is a leading authority on the research surrounding the "visual brain". In his book Inner Vision, he ventures to explain to the reader how our brain actually perceives different works of art, and seeks to provide a biological basis for the theory of aesthetics....   [tags: Art Brain Semir Zeki Book Review Papers] 1776 words
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Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - My house is made up of yellow and white limestone. My friend Jane's is bright red brick. If you were to ask me what the color of her house means to me... I would say an easy way to identify this house. In my opinion, the color of someones house is just not a way to detect anything from her personality. It is simply put, the color of her house. What if I were to tell you that that red was a symbol of love. That the reason it was red brick was because Jane's parents loved each other so much they decided to express the love in the color of their house just to remind them of the love they share....   [tags: Kidd Secret Life Bees Book Report] 1428 words
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Invisible Man - Ellison's book, Invisible Man was written in the 1930s. It deals with the identity of a black man in white America. The narrator writes in first person, emphasizing his individual experience and events portrayed; though the narrator and the main character remain anonymous throughout the book, they go by the name Invisible Man. The character decides that the world is full of blind people and sleep walkers who cannot see him for who he really is, thus he calls himself the Invisible Man, though he is not truly invisible, it is just a refusal for others to see him....   [tags: Book Review Ralph Ellison Invisible Man] 1363 words
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John Perkins - Confessions of an Economic Hitman: Strategy Book Review - From 1971 to 1980, the author worked as an ‘Economic Hitman’ (EHM) for the consulting firm Chas. T. Main, Inc. (MAIN). His role was “to cheat countries around the globe out of billions of dollars... to encourage world leaders to become part of a vast network that promotes U.S. commercial interests. In the end, those leaders become ensnared in a web of debt that ensures their loyalty” (p17). This was accomplished by the production of economic projections that would persuade the World Bank and other international organisations to lend money to these countries....   [tags: Literature Review] 2066 words
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Book the Third, Chapter 5, 'Found' - ... “What did you let her bring you for. Couldn’t you knock her cap off, or her tooth out, or scratch her, or do something or other to her?” (p.233). This was Mr. Bounderby’s reaction to his mother, referring to Mrs. Sparsit. This has a comical sense to it. To make such a suggestion to a lower class for them to do such a thing to a higher class person, would have got them in trouble. In terms to language, ‘What’ is a little hard to read, it would now read ‘why’. At the beginning at this chapter, Rachael and Sissy wonder whether or not Stephen Blackpool would be seen again....   [tags: Book the Third] 1288 words
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Shakespeare's Authorship and Questions of Evidence - Summary of Shakespeare's Authorship and Questions of Evidence Scholar Diana Price in her article, "Shakespeare's Authorship and Questions of Evidence" takes an independent, serious and thought provoking role in investigating the answer to a question of over 400 years: Was Shakespeare of Stratford really responsible for writing all those stories and sonnets. Was it Sir Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Edward Dyer, the earl of Derby, and of all most suspected by the anti-stratfordians' Edward de Vere (the 17th earl of Oxford)....   [tags: Book Reviews] 353 words
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The Little Prince: A Wonderful Fairy Tale - The author Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a Frenchman of noble origin. As a man full of adventure, he became a pioneer who utilized a plane to send mails to high mountains and deserts. He said that he had always been ready and willing to die. During the Second World War, he worked as a reconnaissance pilot for his country. And in 1944, he disappeared when performing a flying task and became one of the most mysterious legends in the French literary history. As we can learn from the title, the story is about a little prince....   [tags: Book Reviews] 648 words
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The Things They Carried - A lot of people change because of some tragic event or some mishappening in their life. They become more responsible, feel guilty and regret their behavior in the past. A friend of mine started taking care of his business after his father's death and stopped being an irresponsible jerk. He feels guilty about not having a good relation with his father. Whereas, the story "the things they carried" is about the fantasies, fears and desires and dreams of the soldiers. For instance, Ted lavender was afraid of death....   [tags: Book Reviews] 537 words
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Close Reading: An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender - Close Reading: An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender For much of her life, Mona Gray has lived a strange life after her father contracted an unknown disease. Mona soon becomes a quitter, and although she excels at many things, she always forces herself to quit. All of this changed when Benjamin Smith, the new science teacher, arrives. With his eccentric ways he is able to see through Mona when most people were not, including her family....   [tags: Book Report] 985 words
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