from my bookshelf: complete stories by dorothy parker

papercut this is a collection of dorothy parker’s complete short stories. parker’s dry sense of humor had me laughing out loud while reading. parker manages to create deeply involved characters in a matter of just a few pages. beyond the sarcasm and satire, parker has plenty of ideas for the reader to ponder relating to…

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from my bookshelf: marie antoinette by stefan zweig

papercut marie antoinette is a comprehensive biography about the girl who became the queen of france when she was only a teenager. even though it is nonfiction, it reads like a fiction novel. stefan zweig takes a deep dive into this brief section of french history while delivering in-depth portraits of marie antoinette and her family…

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from my bookshelf: summer crossing by truman capote

papercut summer crossing is truman capote’s first novel. it was published posthumously by capote’s attorney after the manuscript was discovered. none of capote’s trusted confidantes knew about the manuscript and his representatives struggled with the decision to publish it, as they were unsure about capote’s feelings on it before he died. in the book, the main…

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from my bookshelf: text me when you get home by kayleen schaefer

papercut text me when you get home is a non-fiction work filled with anecdotes and research focused on modern female friendship. schaefer made me think about difficult topics: do i welcome females into my life easily? do i trust them? do i prevent or perpetuate stereotypes about female friendships? reading this book made me hyper-aware of…

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from my bookshelf: the immortal life of henrietta lacks by rebecca skloot

papercut the immortal life of henrietta lacks is academic and non-fiction to its core, but reads like a fiction novel. the story is about henrietta lacks, a patient at johns hopkins in baltimore in the 1950s. cells taken from henrietta for research ended up becoming known as “”HeLa” and became a crucial part of scientific and…

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from my bookshelf: the bell jar by sylvia plath

papercut esther greenwood is a young woman working in new york city, going through typical challenges: deciding which career path she wants to take, which types of friends she wants to have, which type of man (if any) will satisfy her desires, and whether she wants to get married and start a family. esther suffers…

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from my bookshelf: the shipping news by annie proulx

papercut quoyle is a lonely and insecure 36-year-old man. he thinks his life is complete when he falls in love with and marries is first wife. instead, he finds himself in a painful and dysfunctional marriage. early on his in the story, quoyle is left with their two daughters and the help of his aunt.…

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