What I Was by Meg Rosoff



Paperback, 224 pages

Published: December 30, 2008 by Plume (1st published August 30, 2007)

Setting: England

Literary Awards: Goldener Lufti (2010), Carnegie Medal in Literature Shortlist (2008)


As a very old man, Hilary finds that his mind drifts freely throughout his life, without an anchor. He he reflects on the year he was sixteen, when he first experienced love.

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Barbershop (2002)

babrerhsoWritten by: Mark Brown

Directed by: Tim Story

Setting: Chicago

Calvin Palmer (Ice Cube), a young aspiring entrepreneur and father-to-be, inherited a struggling barbershop, in the south side of Chicago, from his father. The shop serves as a hub, and a sanctuary of sorts, for Black men in the community.

But Calvin sees it as an impediment to his dreams. He seems deaf to his wife Jennifer (Jazsmin Lewis) when she encourages him to demonstrate strength and stability by sticking with the barbershop. He’s infatuated with unrealistic dreams and get-rich-quick schemes. Continue reading “Barbershop (2002)”

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood



Series: MaddAddam #1

Kindle Edition, 400 pages

Published: March 30, 2004 by Anchor (1st published 2003)

Setting: Future North America

Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (2003), Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2004), Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee (2003)

Snowman lives a life of solitude, struggling, from day to day, to survive. The world has been decimated by global catastrophe and drastically reshaped by climate change and unchecked genetic engineering. As far as he knows, Snowman is the sole survivor of the original human race.

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Hooking Your Reader: 15 Riveting Opening Lines from Novels



Each of us wants to craft a novel, short story, or article that engages a reader quickly. Sometimes the first sentence is a powerful hook. It’s a euphoric moment for a bibliophile when the beginning of a book grabs you so thoroughly that you become absorbed in the story almost without realizing it.

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Saving Sammy: The Boy Who Caught OCD by Beth Alison Mahoney



Hardcover, 272 pages

Published: September 22, 2009 by Crown (1st Published January 1, 2009)

Setting: Maine


Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD is Beth Alison Maloney’s memoir about her pre-teen son’s struggle with an unusual form of obsessive compulsive disorder. In a lovely, eloquent writing style that flows like a good novel, she tells her story. With close attention to the cycles of nature, the author paints vivid details that take you through all the seasons in coastal Maine. And with the same attention to detail, she makes her family’s day-to-day experiences tangibly and heartwrenchingly real.

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