~ The Joy Luck Club ~ Amy Tan ~ 

~ To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee ~

~ The Alchemist ~ Paulo Coelho ~ 

~ The Old Man and the Sea ~ Ernest Hemingway ~

~ Jazz ~ Toni Morrison ~

~ The Great Gatsby ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald ~

~ Lord of the Flies ~ William Golding ~ 

~ The Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini ~

~ The Giver ~ Lois Lowry ~ 

~ Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley ~

~ Table of Contents ~ Novels ~

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Plays and Poetry

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~ The Catcher in the Rye ~ J.D. Salinger ~

~ Of Mice and Men ~ John Steinbeck ~ 

~ Beloved ~ Toni Morrison ~

~ Table of Contents ~ Short Stories ~ Sparknotes ~

1) Winter Dreams ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

In winter, Dexter Green, son of the owner of the second-best grocery store in Black Bear, Minnesota, skis across the snowed-in golf course where he caddies in the warmer months to earn his pocket money.

 

2) The Swimmer ~ John Cheever

 

On a Sunday afternoon in midsummer, Neddy and Lucinda Merrill and Helen and Donald Westerhazy sit around the Westerhazys¡¯ pool, complaining about their hangovers.

 

3) Super-frog Saves Tokyo ~ Haruki Murakami

 

On February 15, 1995, Katagiri, a longtime collections officer for the Tokyo Security Trust Bank, is surprised to find a giant frog waiting for him politely outside his apartment.

 

4)  The Chrysanthemums ~ John Steinbeck

 

It is winter in Salinas Valley, California. The sun is not shining, and fog covers the valley. 

 

5) Cathedral ~ Raymond Carver

 

The narrator says that his wife¡¯s blind friend, whose wife has just died, is going to spend the night at their house. He says that he isn¡¯t happy about this visitor and the man¡¯s blindness unsettles him. 

 

6) Where are you Going...Joyce Carol Oates

 

Connie, fifteen, is preoccupied with her appearance. Her mother scolds her for admiring herself in the mirror, but Connie ignores her mother¡¯s criticisms. Connie¡¯s mother urges her to be neat and responsible like her older sister, June.

7) A good Man is Hard to Find ~ Flannery O¡¯Conner

 

The grandmother tries to convince her son, Bailey, and his wife to take the family to east Tennessee for vacation instead of Florida. She points out an article about the Misfit, an escaped convict heading toward Florida, and adds that the children have already been there. 

 

8) A Death in the Woods ~ Sherwood Anderson

 

The narrator describes a certain type of poor, elderly woman. All country people have seen a woman like this, he says, but she is usually ignored.

 

9) Everyday Use ~ Alice Walker

 

Mama decides that she will wait in the yard for her daughter Dee¡¯s arrival. Mama knows that her other daughter, Maggie, will be nervous throughout Dee¡¯s stay, self-conscious of her scars and burn marks and jealous of Dee¡¯s much easier life. 

 

10)  Why I Live at the P.O. ~ Eudora Welty

 

On the Fourth of July, Sister¡¯s uneventful life in China Grove is interrupted by the arrival of her sister, Stella-Rondo, who has just left her husband, Mr. Whitaker, and returned to the family home in Mississippi. Sister had briefly dated Mr. Whitaker before Stella-Rondo became engaged to him. 

 

11) The Lottery ~ Shirley Jackson

 

The villagers of a small town gather together in the square on June 27, a beautiful day, for the town lottery. In other towns, the lottery takes longer, but there are only 300 people in this village, so the lottery takes only two hours.

 

12) A Hunger Artist ~ Franz Kafka

 

A man who is known only as ¡°the hunger artist¡± and fasts for a living travels from town to European town with the impresario (his manager). In each town, the hunger artist chooses a public location and puts himself on display in a locked, straw-lined cage, where he fasts for periods of up to forty days.

~ Table of Contents ~ Articles ~ Wikipedia ~

1) Solar Energy ~

 

Solar energy is radiant light and heat from our Sun (our solar star) that is harnessed using a range of ever-evolving technologies.

 

2) Gender Equality ~

 

Gender equality, also known as sexual equality, is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender. 

 

3) Democracy ~

 

Democracy in modern usage, is a system of government in which the citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body.

 

4)  Love ~

 

Love is a variety of different emotional and mental states experienced in unique ways that range from interpersonal affection to simple pleasure. It may include the love between mother and child, the love between spouses, and the love between people and food among the myriad of other possibilities.

 

5) Neighborhood ~

 

Neighbourhood (UK) is a common location and with a common set of social networks. Face-to-face social interactions occur, and friendships and other forms of relationship develop over time.

 

6) Trivium ~

 

The Latin word ¡®Trivium¡¯ means "the place where three roads meet"...

 

 

 

 

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7) Retirement ~

 

In most countries, the idea of retirement is of recent origin. Although popular from the late 19th century, an increasing number of individuals are choosing to put off total retirement by selecting "Pre-tirement".

 

8) Addiction ~

 

Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli (such as chemical dependence) despite adverse consequences.

 

9) Philanthropy ~

 

Philanthropy, from Greek origin, means the "love of humanity", in the sense of caring. Both the benefactor and the beneficiary receive positive rewards from this relationship.

 

10)  War ~

 

War is a state of armed conflict between societies. It is generally characterized by extreme aggression, destruction, and mortality using military forces.

 

11) Nutrition ~

 

Nutrition is the science that interprets the interaction of nutrients and other substances in food in relation to maintenance, growth, reproduction, health and disease of an organism.

 

12) Evolutionary Linguistics

 

Studies the psychosocial and cultural factors involved in the origin of language...