book reviews

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  • CD Turner
    Published 2 years ago
    'The Handmaid's Tale' Analysis: Chapters 9-11

    'The Handmaid's Tale' Analysis: Chapters 9-11

    Chapter Nine Offred acknowledges the room as hers, which is a possible sign that her indoctrination is winning over her desire to rebel. She characterizes the room as different parts of a house based off the function the room is currently serving. For example, when she is waiting, it is a waiting room. When she’s sleeping, it’s a bedroom. She suspects that someone has lived in the room before her, due to the empty facet in the ceiling where a light fixture would hang.
  • Mackenzie Z. Kennedy
    Published 2 years ago
    10 Books About Feminism Every Guy Should Read

    10 Books About Feminism Every Guy Should Read

    There seems to be a toxic mindset about gender roles in our society today—one that makes a lot of men full of rage, disdain, and hatred towards women. It's an attitude that makes men think that they understand the entirety of the problems that women face.
  • Michele Schultz
    Published 2 years ago
    12 Books for Women to Read

    12 Books for Women to Read

    A few times you've often found yourself down a dark rabbit hole—trapped. Soon you manage to climb out, but not as the same person— as an improved version.
  • Michael Reynoso
    Published 2 years ago
    Book Review: 'Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race'

    Book Review: 'Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race'

    Welcome, Book Readers!! My name is Michael Reynoso and this is “Writer’s Harmony.” Today, I will be doing a book review, which is called Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling.
  • Rose Sours
    Published 2 years ago
    Text Analysis of a Play by Henrik Ibsen

    Text Analysis of a Play by Henrik Ibsen

    The play explores a young mother’s realization that her life has been spent in a paternalistic environment, passed on to her like a doll from her father’s house to her husband’s. That is, being encouraged to be helpless rather than to think for herself.
  • Danny Fantom
    Published 2 years ago
    Have You Read This Yet? 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur (Pt. 3)

    Have You Read This Yet? 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur (Pt. 3)

    "i alwaysget myself into this messi always let himtell me i am beautifuland half believe it . . .that will be theend of me" (Kaur, 2015, p. 81)
  • CD Turner
    Published 2 years ago
    'The Handmaid's Tale' Analysis: Chapters 6-8

    'The Handmaid's Tale' Analysis: Chapters 6-8

    Chapter 6 Offred often describes Ofglen as pious and deliberates on whether it’s sincere or for show. In her inner monologue, she talks of her wings which she calls “blinkers.” Handmaids wear the wings to “keep them from seeing, and also from being seen.” This is Gilead’s approach to eliminating sexual harassment of Handmaids while they do their chores. The wings are also symbolic of the tightly defined space the Handmaids are allowed to roam. Their vision is limited, as is their understanding of the outside world.
  • Hayley Dodwell
    Published 2 years ago
    'A Lotus Grows in the Mud' - A Book You Must Read!

    'A Lotus Grows in the Mud' - A Book You Must Read!

    I recently reread A Lotus Grows in the Mud, the 2005 book by Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I read it, and it's a book truly worthy of recommendation. So I want to tell you about this incredible read, and why it is a must to read.
  • Morgan E. Westling
    Published 2 years ago
    The 10 Best Books for Feminist Friends

    The 10 Best Books for Feminist Friends

    In the words of Queen Bey, "Who run the world? Girls!" There are so many excellent books for feminist friends on the market today because feminism is taking the world by storm. Young women everywhere (as well as men) are realizing that women are powerful and deserve to be treated as equals in society. It’s important when reading about feminism to take in perspectives from a wide range of authors, both modern and classic. Some of the greatest feminist writers of all time came from decades past, such as Margaret Atwood and Virginia Woolf, however, 21st century women have written amazing feminist books with plenty to say. Their words will surely inspire you and your feminist friends.
  • CD Turner
    Published 2 years ago
    'The Handmaid's Tale' Analysis: Chapters 3-5

    'The Handmaid's Tale' Analysis: Chapters 3-5

    Link to 1st part. Chapter 3 One motif you’ll see recurring throughout the novel is Offred’s descriptive prose about Serena Joy’s garden, specifically her flowers. The Commander’s Wife dutifully dotes on her garden, which symbolizes her desperate want for a child. The flowers are her children, the only life she can fertilize and raise to adulthood. Note also of Serena Joy’s introduction, that she is the Commander’s Wife, not her own identity. This represents that even elite women of Gilead are oppressed and owned by men. Offred is reminded of how she also had a garden in the past, a way to pass time, something she isn’t permitted now.
  • Ayanna Colon
    Published 2 years ago
    'We're Going to Need More Wine' - Gabrielle Union

    'We're Going to Need More Wine' - Gabrielle Union

    Before I begin the book review, I would like to say a couple of things: I listened to the audiobook on Audible narrated by Gabrielle Union. I still plan on buying the hard cover copy. I hope more than anything, I properly write this review giving it all the justice and glory it deserves.
  • CD Turner
    Published 2 years ago
    "The Handmaid's Tale" Analysis: Intro, Pt. I, Chapters 1 & 2

    "The Handmaid's Tale" Analysis: Intro, Pt. I, Chapters 1 & 2

    Is it healthy to have an obsession with such a depressing dystopian novel? I guess it’s no more depressing than the political news of today. What is this morbid fascination with disturbing alternate futures that attracts us? Well, in the case of The Handmaid’s Tale, it is definitely the succinct, intricate weaving of narrative and subtle reflections of the real world’s problems. Too many dystopian works these days are written as polemics and agendas, or are cliché and uninspired. But The Handmaid’s Tale is a classic work of literature that builds its plot around one singular character, knowing only what she’s told of the world she lives in, whether it’s word-of-mouth, propaganda, or both. Because if you did live a life like Offred’s, in which the act of reading anything is a crime, you would only have your wits and memories at hand.