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The Bell Jar

The bell jar was written by Sylvia Plath in 1963. The book isn’t an auto biography, however it certainly contains elements of Sylvia’s life thoughout the book. Sylvia Plath sadly took her own life in 1963.

I loved this book beyond the telling. There is something very different about it, it  is so incredibly honest. And real. I didn’t really understand why some people described it as depressing, which,yes, worries me a little a bit. But it is insight into a very different world. Towards the end of the book she talks about her depression, and then the book moves into her life in an asylum.

I found it interesting discovering the medical practices used only 50 or so years ago, and how different the practices are now. She also mentioned her experiences with shock therapy. Although I have outlined more of the depressing parts of the world, Sylvia Plath managed to write in such an engaging and sometimes witty manner I simply could not put it down.

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Elizabeth Noble

Elizabeth Noble is an author of many internationally bestselling titles. Things I want my daughters to know, The girl next door, The reading Group and Alphabet weekends are some of my favorites. She writes books for adults, that are kind of romantic, some would call it sappy, and many parts are very sad. Its kind of the book version of a chick flick, if you will. Some of her story lines appear to be very been there done that, and some people would hate the story line altogether. The books that I have read have had many story lines, women who have to deal with their husbands infidelity, a death of someone close, a couple trying for a baby, those kinds of things.  Her books are usually from different points of view, she will have many characters that she writes about, that are all connected in some way.  I love her books, I always want to find out what happens next, so I finish it in a matter of days. If you can appreciate the genre of her books, you will love them too, and I highly recommend them.

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Looking for Alibrandi

This book was written by Melina Marchetta. It is about a girl of 17 years, named Josie, who has an Italian and Australian background. It was published in 1992, when things such as being illegitimate, which she was, was a big deal. She attends a wealthy private catholic school, she is there on a scholarship, which in some cases is frowned upon by her peers. I have read this book about a thousand times [a thousand meaning about ten] and absolutely love it.

Josie is in her final year of high school, and in the process of discovering who she is, and what she wants to become. During this year, she meets her father, falls in love, and develops a greater understanding of her mother and grandmother, who are two of the most influential people in her life.  Her journey is funny, scary, sad and sometimes heartbreaking, and definitely worth reading.

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Committed

Committed is a book written by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was written after her book Eat Pray Love, and is, well, it isn’t a sequel, it’s kind of the continuing
story, of her story, if that makes sense. At the end of Eat Pray Love, she fell in love with a Brazilian born man named Felipe. They were living in the states until Felipe was deported. The only way for him to secure a visa and become  a citizen is to marry. Both having been married and divorced before, the had both promised each other that they would never become legally married. Until now. Committed explores marriage, from as early as the 1600’s, up until marriage today. It talks about marriage throughout different cultures and ages, and takes a close look at why humans have always fought to be married, why we continually choose to be legally binded to another person. It also talks about the effects that marriage has on women, and how marriage was seen in the 1900’s. Loved every word, truly worth reading, no matter how old, young, married or single you are.

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Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American born writer and journalist who was born on the 18th of July, 1969. She has written many books such as Pilgrims, The last American man and Stem Men, but is best known for her memoir Eat Pray Love, which was written in 2006, and and stayed on the New York Times best seller list for 199 weeks. Eat Pray Love was made into a motion picture in 2010. Committed is the sequel to Eat Pray Love, which was released in 2010.

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