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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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Blood Meridian

by Cormac McCarthy

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Cormac McCarthy has captured the violence of the 1800s when all the Aboriginals, Mexicans and Americans wanted nothing more to do with one another than to kill each other.  This was truly one of the more violent periods of our times and its all captured here in black and white. Imagine the act of scalping, it’s utterly preposterous and animalistic in nature, but that was how it was. The only good thing was that the characters in the book were memorable. The kid, the judge and Glanton. They made the book work and feel more comfortable. Lets not forget the layout of the old west. The picture you hold in your head about the landscape as you read is definitely memorable. It helps you get a true essence of what really went on in the time

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Because of Winn-Dixie  

by Kate DiCamillo

Book Summary Note from Felina Silver Robinson: Author Kate DiCamillo tells you the story of a young girl (Opal) whose mother recently passed on. So her and her father move to Naomi, Florida in a trailer park. The first stop is a little shop called “The Winn Dixie”. Upon leaving the shop she has a new found friend who is both scruffy and scrappy in nature. Opal names him none other than “Winn Dixie”. This book is full of Opals summer adventures and stories, some of which she comes by from the town librarian. There are a lot of emotions tied up in this book, but you best believe the story is really all about the dog, but intertwined with a hole lot of fun and sadness.

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