January 2016 Blog Posts (63)

Columbine

By the time this book was published, a decade had passed and Columbine became tossed to the wind and forgotten. But…

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Added by Angie Peng on January 31, 2016 at 10:54pm — No Comments

The Laramie Project - A Play By Moises Kaufman

               After the murder of Matthew Shepard- a gay student studying in Laramie, a small town in Wyoming- the Tectonic Theatre Project decided to go beyond the information shared in the news. Based on a true story, The Laramie Project, is a play created with interviews of family, friends, townspeople, and anyone affected by the death of Shepard.  Overall, the play attempts to show the difference between a society heavily influenced by the media and one that is nearly isolated…

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Added by Sarah Brand on January 31, 2016 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Around the beginning of the year, I read a book suggested to me by Mr. Anderson called The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and I must say it has been one of my favorite reads so far this year. The book follows a few different stories, as it is written with each chapter from the perspective of a different character, all ultimately intertwining at the end. Some chapters are from the point of view of a high-school boy that is forced to become a military soldier…

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Added by Rohan Menon on January 31, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy 1 - Heir to the Empire

A long time ago in a galaxy far,…

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Added by James Feng on January 29, 2016 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Focusing on "Focus" by Daniel Goleman

My mom is notorious for giving books as presents. When Focus: The Hidden Driver to Excellence emerged out of the wrapping paper on my birthday, I felt slightly insulted. Gee mom, thanks for such a pontificating book! I’m sure it’ll change my…

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Added by Emily Yin on January 29, 2016 at 4:24pm — No Comments

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

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Added by Allison Leczycki on January 29, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Set during the Civil Rights Movement, The Help rotates between the points of view of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi. Aibileen, a black maid, currently works for the Leefolts, and tries her best to live a quiet, respectable life…

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Added by Ha Eun Kim (Jessica) on January 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Glass Castle

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Added by Esther Shim on January 29, 2016 at 1:52pm — No Comments

A Time Travel Story That Transcends Time

    Stephen King's  2011 book 11/22/63 is a time travel/alternate history novel in which the protagonist Jake seeks to answer the question: “What if John Kennedy had never been…

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Added by Daniel Tokarz on January 29, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Between the World and... Us?

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is written in the form of letters from a father to his son, highlighting racial injustices that he has experienced and observed throughout his lifetime. Detailing memories from his youth to his educational journey, Coates conveys the ways in which modern society poses a danger to black bodies. Even though he came from a well-educated family, his identity was still shaped by the differences that became apparent to…

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Added by Anusha Thotakura on January 29, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Oppression in Vladamir Nabokov's Lolita

When I think about oppression, my mind immediately jumps to sensationalized things like violent dictators or civil rights…

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Added by Nikki Gundimeda on January 29, 2016 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Courage in The Elfstones of Shannara

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*This article contains spoilers about the plot of The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks*

 

The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks details the adventures of Wil Ohmsford, Amberle Elessedil, and Allanon as they attempt to save the world from a demon horde that was trapped by the now dying Ellcrys, a magical tree…

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Added by Lucas Ratajczyk on January 29, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Why not read "Why Not Me"?

I am firm believer in the theory that when you leave for college, anything left behind becomes fair game for you siblings. So last year, when my sister departed for her senior year at Vanderbilt, I pounced on her copy of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me; and Other Concerns by writer, actor, and director Mindy Kaling. I loved it. So this year, that very same sister bought me Kaling’s third book, Why Not Me, for Christmas. “I read that…

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Added by Julia Dirkes-Jacks on January 29, 2016 at 1:46pm — No Comments

A Clash of Kings in Review

For the past three years I have been an ardent fan of the epic TV show Game of Thrones that has a new season every spring on HBO. By now,…

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Added by Ryan Rowden on January 29, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

The Values Learned in 11/22/63

For independent reading last semester I read Stephen King’s 11/22/63, a novel dealing with time travel and the assassination of JFK. The main character in this novel, Jake Epping aka George Amberson is sent on a mission from his friend Al, to stop the assassination of JFK. Al has his own diner, and at this diner, Al has discovered a “worm- hole” where he can travel back to 1958, and only 1958. Jake has to decide whether to use four years of his life…

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Added by Zach Kuehn on January 29, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Beneath the Bright Places

          Both characters in this book suffer, though one’s period of suffering is more indefinite due to mental illness. At the beginning, we are introduced to both characters as they are standing in their school’s bell tower contemplating whether or not to let go of the ledge. Violet, we learn has recently lost her older sister Eleanor in a car accident and is struggling to…

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Added by Brenna O'Donoghue on January 29, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Deception or Fact? You decide!

            

  Presidents always seem to get a bad reputation directly after their presidency. Once a new leader is ushered in, they are heavily persecuted for their mistakes and are not subject to a non-biased…

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Added by Jonathan Free on January 29, 2016 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Quiet by Susan Cain

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Added by Annie Zheng on January 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What Happens When an Overachiever "Makes It?"

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever is an autobiographical account of Walter Kirn’s experience applying to and graduating from college; it is also a…

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Added by Daniel Classon on January 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The New Philosophy of Medicine and Our Treatment of the Old

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande explores the way we perceive mortality and death including hospice and geriatrics. His books are known for relating his medical experience to real life issues, like anyone who had Mrs. Enk junior year knows from reading Better. Gawande explains different philosophies of…

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Added by Colleen Sweeney on January 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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