Bookmark it! “Cash Your Investment” Teaches College Graduates How to Manage Life After College

May 9th, 2016
5 months ago

by Jacqueline Stoughton In a world where the college degree is decreasing in its value, recent graduates find themselves in a limbo unable to get a job in the field they spent the past four years studying and preparing to work in. “Cash Your Investment: How to Leverage Your College Degree into a Great First Job,” […]

“The Girl on the Train” Forces Readers to See Roles Differently

April 28th, 2016
5 months ago

by Kaitlin Lyle Subsequent to the release of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” in 2012, the suspense surrounding the lives of deceptive men and women has frequently surfaced as the subject of this decade’s literature. In reading Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” the familiar phrase, “everything is not what it seems” comes […]

Bookmark it: Not Your Average Love Story

February 11th, 2016
8 months ago

by Kaitlin Lyle In an exceptional novel centered on living and loving to the fullest capacity, Jojo Moyes unveils to her reader two distinct characters in “Me Before You” whose lives are transfigured by one another in a way that neither suspected possible. Two years prior to the story’s beginning, Will Traynor is master of […]

Book Review: “Guts” by Kristin Johnston

September 7th, 2015
1 year ago

N.A.S. by Kaitlin Lyle The first time I ever saw Kristin Johnston onscreen, she was busy shrieking her love for a fictional 80’s pop sensation in “Music and Lyrics.” Little did I know that the exuberant lady of laughter was caught in the midst of her own private hell by the time I became acquainted […]

Bookmark it: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

January 4th, 2015
2 years ago

By Kaitlin Lyle By the end of our lifetime, each of us will have accumulated a series of love stories, with trials and tribulations alike. How we tell those stories depends on the kind of experience that love gave us. To author David Levithan, love is not just one long story to be dissected, but a […]

Bookmark it: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

January 4th, 2015
2 years ago

By Kaitlin Lyle “The Glass Castle” reads as a brilliant portrait of a family’s loyalty to one another as well as of a writer’s search for liberation. The voice that speaks throughout this memoir is articulated as one of a remarkable woman who has endured much in keeping herself secret, and yet a candid innocence […]

Book Review: Name of Identity

November 3rd, 2014
2 years ago

by Ruth Bruno If you pay any attention at all to current events, I’m sure you’ve wondered at some point what roles religion and identity play in violent behavior. Amin Maalouf explores these questions by offering his own opinions in his book In the Name of Identity (2000). Maalouf briefly explains his multi-dimensional background as […]

Bookmark It!: Sarah’s Key

September 27th, 2014
2 years ago

By Matthew Knox In Sarah’s Key (2008), readers follow Julia Jarmond, an American Journalist living in France. Early in the book we find out that that she is in the process of moving into a new apartment with her husband Bertrand and her daughter Zoe. The apartment once belonged to Bertrand’s Grandmother, who now lives in […]

Bookmark It!: Looking For Alaska

September 13th, 2014
2 years ago

By Matthew Knox  “Looking for Alaska” (2005) is about the journey of a teenage boy named Miles Halter. The book begins with Miles in the midst of switching schools. He is transferring to the Culver Creek Preparatory High school in Alabama, the same school that his father attended. Before leaving, his parents insist on throwing […]

Bookmark It: “Girl, Interrupted” Paints Honest Portrait of Mental Illness

February 26th, 2014
3 years ago

Brayden Malley “Was I crazy? Maybe. Or maybe life is…  Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret.  It’s you or me amplified.”  This embodies the tone of Girl, Interrupted. Susanna Kaysen’s autobiographical novel explores for an answer to the question:  what is crazy? In 1967, 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen found herself somehow in the […]

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