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    Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki | Book Review

    Three Summers (originally The Straw Hats) by Margarita Liberaki, Translation by Karen Van Dyck Original Publication Date: Originally published in Greece in 1946 as The Straw Hats Genres: Fiction, Greek Literature Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Three Summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a big old house surrounded by a beautiful garden are Maria, the oldest sister, as sexually bold as she is eager to settle down and have a family of her own; beautiful but distant Infanta; and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Karen Van Dyck’s…

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    Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman | Book Review

    Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman Genres: Fiction Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Diary of a Mad Housewife is a classic of women’s fiction that gave a wry voice to the nascent feminist stirrings of the 1960s and helped incite a revolution in the consciousness of a generation. When Bettina Balser begins to suspect that she is going mad, she starts a secret diary as a form of therapy. Through her observations of herself and those around her, Bettina seeks meaning in her exceedingly dreary life. Diary Of A Mad Housewife Bettina Balser is thirty-six years old. She is a Smith College graduate who is now a…

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    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | Book Review

    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Original Publication Date: 1963 Genres: American Literature, Fiction, Illness Source: I purchased this book Goodreads In The Bell Jar, a vulnerable young woman wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath’s own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, The Bell Jar is more than a confessional novel, it is a comic but painful statement of what happens to a woman’s aspirations in a society that refuses to take them seriously… a society that expects electroshock to cure the despair of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity…

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    Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker | Book Review

    Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker Original Publication Date: Originally published 1962 Genres: American Literature, Fiction, Illness, LGTBQ Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley: gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, and miserable. At the beginning of this novel, she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to attend the wedding of her identical twin, Judith, to a nice young doctor from Connecticut. Cassandra, however, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding. Her Sister Is Getting Married Cassandra and Judith are 24-year-old twins. Up until the last nine months, they had shared almost everything together. That included an apartment in Berkeley…

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    Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith | Book Review

    Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith Original Publication Date: 1948 Genres: Fiction, American Literature Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Tomorrow Will Be Better tells the story of Margy Shannon, a shy but joyfully optimistic young woman just out of school who lives with her parents and witnesses how a lifetime of hard work, poverty, and pain has worn them down. Her mother’s resentment toward being a housewife and her father’s inability to express his emotions result in a tense home life where Margy has no voice. Unable to speak up against her overbearing mother, Margy takes refuge in her dreams of a better life.  Tomorrow Will Be Better Margy…