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Breaking Stalin’s Nose

by Eugene Yelchin

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Eugene Yelchin is truly amazing. He gives such a vivid feeling of what young “Sasha” must have felt back in the 1950’s as he had to try to follow in the footsteps of his father as a communist hero. Imagine the paranoia this lad must have felt during this time and still having to forge ahead. At 10-years of age abandonment,death and betrayal are not the things you would think would creep up on you so fast. You’ll have to see how this lad pushes through his pain.

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Brideshead Revisited  

by Evelyn Waugh

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Evelyn Waugh tells of a young Oxford man who becomes infatuated with a very eccentric man who is part of an aristocratical sophisticated Catholic family, who are all into the arts of all kinds. There is a deep appreciation and understanding of the arts while submerged in the pains and glory of being catholic. Everyone seems to be torn in separate directions when it comes to what Catholicism means to them and they each have their crosses to bear. Sometimes finding religion can do more harm than good to the souls of some.

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The Assistant

by Bernard Malamud

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Bernard Malamud tells the story of Morris, Ida, Helen, and Frank. Morris and Ida have a wonderful daughter Helen. While Morris and Ida run their family business, their daughter has her own job, which believe it or not, helps to finance her parents business. Frank is a young man who has done the unthinkable. He robbed Morris and Ida’s store and when he can’t deal will the guilt, he decides he has to literally work his way into the heat of their family, including their daughter Helen’s. Needless to say, he can’t let any of them know what he’s done, or can he. The Assistant is a well-rounded story where everyone ends up needing everyone. Throughout the many twists and turns, this book keeps your heart pounding with emotion. Dig in and enjoy!

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An American Dream

by Norman Mailer

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Norman Mailer covers each page of his book with wall-to-wall unhappy characters who live with disappointment in every aspect of their lives. Despite living the American Dream on Stephen Rojack use to be a congressman, but now finds himself as an unhappy Talk Show Host. If he’s unhappy at work, he must be unhappy at home. This is definitely the truth, not only for him but for everyone throughout the book. Happiness, despite the comforts of life, seem to be unattainable for this group of people. You must read An American Dream to weigh in on the situation.

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Bleak House  

by Charles Dickens

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Charles Dickens has young Esther Summerson searching for the truth about her parents. While this was occurring, there was much else happening like, murder, suicide, philanthropy, charity and the like.  Did you know that during this time it was a crime to be poor? No one really wanted to help you if you were needy. Everyone was meant to take care of themselves. It didn’t really matter if you were young or old, orphaned or lost, you better be ready to fend for yourself. Dickens is a master story-teller so buckle up and enjoy.

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The Bad Beginning  

by Lemony Snicket

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Lemony Snicket spins the tale of the most unfortunate trail of events for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. It’s unimaginable that so much could happen to two people. But yet, it does indeed happen. The worst being having their parents die in a fire. There’s nothing worse than that. This poor unfortunate children get bounced about from one set of bad, corrupt, criminal fathers to another. But all’s well that ends well. This is truly one of those books that you will love to hate.

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The Bell Jar  

by Sylvia Plath

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Sylvia Plath had to write her way through her pain. This talented author battled depression and attempted suicide, but was obviously able to bounce back from it all. Losing your father at an early age is enough to make many things happen and many things did in fact happen to Sylvia Plath. Feminism just happened to be one of those things and narcissism was another. Once she got what she needed to out of her system, she went on to finish her education, get married and become a mother. The Bell Jar was the stepping stone to her sanity. Are you curious? Sit down and enjoy this intriguing good read.

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