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The Old Man and the Sea | Book Review: A Perfect Escapism Novella For Quarantine

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Release Date: September 1, 1952

Page count:127

Genres: Fiction, Novella, Allegory

Themes: Defeat, Death, Pride

My Rating:★★★★★

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The Bluest Eye | Book Review

Author: Toni Morrison

Release Date: 1970

Page count: 206

Genres: Fiction, African American Literature

Themes: Beauty, Whiteness, Seeing vs. Being Seen, Sexual abuse

My Rating:★★★★★

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I read this book as part of my book club pick for the month, and I do not regret choosing this book for the month of March. This book has everything one can hope for: wit, humor, beauty, tragedy, and imagination.

Synopsis

This book focuses on the story of Pecola during the Great Depression. Pecola is a young black girl who has an abusive father and a mother who finds comfort in her job of caring for a white home. Pecola is often mocked for her dark skin and prays for blond hair and blue eyes. In this novel, you read the story of Pecola when she was taken care by another family, learn the backstory of Pecola’s parents, and ultimately, the meaning of beauty, race, and class. 

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Book Club

March’s Book Club Pick: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Page count: 206
Publication Date: 1970
Genre: Fiction, Classic American Literature, African American Literature

I’m so excited to announce this book as the book club pick for March. March is women’s empowerment month, and I wanted to choose a book that fully encompasses that.

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Short Story Sunday

“The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: How an Environment Invades the Mind

Let’s create a scenario inside your head. All you gotta do is respond to these questions inside your head.

Does your room have a wallpaper?

If YesIf No
Do you love that wallpaper? What would the perfect design of that wallpaper be?
If you answered yes: Lucky you! Not everybody has that luxury. Now move onto reading the rest of this table because these senarios are enough to spook the mind.

If answered no: Why don’t you love that wallpaper? Is it the patterns? Is it the colors? Have you done anything to get rid of it?
Now what if that idea of the perfect wallpaper wasn’t given to. What would you do?

What if you have to live in a room where you have the most ugliest wallpaper you’ve ever seen?

Now imagine living in 1892, as a white woman, diagnosed with temporary nervous depression, and having to be treated for a mental illness in a room with a bed nailed to the floor, a scratched floor, and this wallpaper in your

I don’t know about you, but this wallpaper is so ugly and terrifying that it would probably cause many nightmares. To me, this wallpaper looks terrifying because it’s damaged to the point that it tells a story. A story that I don’t want to know where those damages come from.

This short story tackles that idea.

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Short Story Sunday

Short Story Sunday Review, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor