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Favorite Songs of All Time

Favorite Songs

What would I do without music?A question I, as well as anyone who listens to music, have occasionally wondered. It’s a universal language, just as all forms of art are, and it makes us feel things. Though it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly which songs I adore the most, I guess these fifteen come pretty close.

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TV Review: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

The Roaring Twenties, alluring men, feminism, spilled blood, and a lady detective with a gold-plated revolver; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is an adventure from start to end.

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Book Review: The Awakening

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Genre: Psychological fiction, feminist, romance

Synopsis: 

When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin’s daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the confines of her domestic situation.

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Book Review: Emma

Emma by Jane Austen

Genre(s): Romance, comedy, satire, coming-of-age

Synopsis: 

Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.

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Book Review + Thoughts: Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Genre: Adventure, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Synopsis:

This dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.

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Book Review: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Genre: Dystopia, Speculative Fiction

Synopsis:

As a child, Kathy–now thirty-one years old–lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.

And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed–even comforted–by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood–and about their lives now.

A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance–and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.

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