Book smart : your essential reading list for becoming a by Jane Mallison

By Jane Mallison

Unleash your literary side--one nice e-book at a time!

Like taking a personal classification with an interesting literature professor, Book Smart is your price tag for literary enlightenment throughout the year and for the remainder of your existence. no matter if you are a passionate turner of pages otherwise you aspire to be better-read, Book Smart expands your wisdom and pleasure with a month-by-month plan that tackles one hundred twenty of the main compelling books of all time.

Throughout the 12 months, each one publication comes alive with old notes, highlights on key issues and characters, and recommendation on the way to procedure examining. here's a sampling of what you could expect:

  • January: Make a clean commence with classics like Beowulf and Dante's Inferno
  • April: Welcome spring within the corporation of sturdy girls like Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, and Vanity Fair's Becky Sharpe
  • August: carry a breath of clean air to summer's warmth with comedic works from Kingsley Amis and Oscar Wilde
  • October: come back to college with children suffering to develop up in classics like Little Women and up to date bestsellers reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time
  • December: have a good time year's finish with great prizewinners akin to The is still of the Day and Leaves of Grass

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He’s been away for a total of twenty years: the ten years fighting in the Trojan War, three years on the seas, and now the septet of Calypso years. Whatever the attractions of life with Calypso—the not small perk of immortality is one of her offers— he now longs for home and for Penelope, the wife he left behind. With mortal and immortal help, Odysseus arrives at the Disneylandesque island of Phaeacia. His account of his wanderings to the royal F 12 January Copyright © 2008 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

We enjoy the wealth of social history—the mercury poisoning caused by the calomel given to teething babies, the innovative educational techniques in schools for girls, life on a Cuban coffee plantation. And we delight in intellectual history as the sisters interact with William Ellery Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Washington Allston, and Bronson Alcott. And—call me trivial if you wish—I passionately enjoyed the minutiae of Elizabeth’s unorthodox friendship with sorrowing widower Horace Mann and her brief engagement to Nathaniel Hawthorne, whom she deemed “handsomer than Lord Byron,” before each man carried a sister off in marriage.

Its length alone makes it a work for people with time or with the patience for a protracted read or with both. ) The world it depicts is half a globe and more than a millennium away. It’s worth the effort, however. This 2001 version gives you clear modern English and provides a helpful introduction, delightful drawings, a detailed chronology, references for the nearly eight hundred poems, a glossary that tells, for example, of the prescribed position for the elbows of court ritualists, and a separate guide to the myriad costumes.

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