Book Review

Little Women: By Louisa May Alcott

By Denebola | Published: December 2007
By Corinne Popp Though more a novel than a holiday book, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women remains one of my seasonal favorites.

Little Krishna: By Harish Johari

By Denebola | Published: December 2007
By Sabrina Cuffie Little Krishna by Harish Johari, is a wonderful children's book that retells the story of Krishna, one of India's most famous deities. The pictures in this novel are wonderful and the way the author tells the story gives the reader a real inside look of the beauty of Hinduism. Real life lessons are learned in this book, and the journey made in the story is told with compassion ...

Santa’s Stuck: By Rhonda Gowler Greene

By Denebola | Published: December 2007
By Mike Norris What is the best Christmas story? In upcoming weeks, you will hear this question fluttering around the halls like a bird migrating south for the winter.

The Polar Express

By Marissa Leavitt | Published: December 2007
Author: Chris Van Allsburg One of my favorite holiday children's books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The book instills holiday cheer and wonderment of the North Pole.

The Nutcracker: By Rachel Isadora

By Denebola | Published: December 2007
By Hye-Jung Yang The Nutcracker, written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora, is an abridged version of the famous story and ballet. Written in third person, it tells the story of Clara Silberhaus, a young girl living in Germany who recieves a beautiful Nutcracker for Christmas from her godfather. That night she dreams of saving the Nutcracker prince, and then venturing into fairytale-like lands, such as the Land of Frost, where the Sugar Plum Fairy resides.

Book Review: Hugh Brogan: Alexis de Tocqueville

By Denebola | Published: November 2007
By George Abbott White English Department Democracy's in the news. Like Coke and iPods the world wonders whether the American version will increase its market share. As far as Americans are concerned, is there any other version? Democracy's always in the news, given the nature of our world. How it comes into being and how it is sustained, its possibilities and limitations, are perhaps the more apparent given the current Bush administration.

A Tale of Two Cities

By Denebola | Published: November 2007
By Helen Tian I recently read Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, a story of love, redemption, and vengeance, set against the bloody background of the French Revolution. While exploring the themes of resurrection, salvation, love and retribution, A Tale of Two Cities accentuates the unnecessary bloodshed and oppression war brings forth.

Suite Française

By Denebola | Published: November 2007
By Margery Waldron This summer, I was enslaved by this book not only by its content but by the woman who wrote it. The story behind this book is as interesting as the two stories told within it. The first novella is titled "Storm in June," which describes the German occupation of Paris during World War II, and the ensuing panic and chaos of the whole city trying to flee to the country. Némirovsky uses several different characters (a wealthy woman with four children and her senile father-in-law, her husband and his mistress, and a middle-aged married couple who work together in a bank) and their experiences to bring to life the harsh realities of being a refugee on the road without food, money, or shelter.

Rise to Rebellion

By Denebola | Published: November 2007
By Carolyn Gordon The novel Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara offers an amazing insight into the Revolutionary War. The book is not simply a summary of the war, but is told through the perspectives important political figures of the time: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, General Thomas Gage, Thomas Jefferson, and many other crucial players that shaped the revolution.

All Quiet on the Western Front

By Denebola | Published: November 2007
By Jamie Zhang All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, captures the traumatizing experiences of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. Through its damning portrayal of atrocities committed in the name of country and patriotism, Remarque ultimately denounces nationalism as a hypocritical ideology, responsible for the decimation of an entire generation.

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