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Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

It talks about the sufferings of women in different forms, in different cultures. It is an eye-opener. It calls us to fight against gendercide, almost a daily show in developing countries. Through Half the Sky, Kristoff and WuDunn was able to detail the struggle of women for equality, and what would possibly happen if women’s value was taken into consideration in the many fields of our society.

4 pages (1000 words)Book Report/Review

Walt Whitman's Song of Myself

XI] is also a premeditated celebration of the experience of being an American, in the latter half of nineteenth century. [Whitman, 1888; p. 311] The changing titles of the poem-no title in the first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855, to "A Poem of Walt Whitman, an American" in 1856, to simply "Walt Whitman" in 1860 edition and finally "Song of Myself" in 1881-signify the growth of the meaning of the poem, contributing to his construction of the archetypical American identity.

8 pages (2000 words)Book Report/Review

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

In the poem, the narrator, J. Alfred Prufrock, portrays his disappointment with the society he lives in. By interpreting aspects of imagery, speaker and intended audience, one can easily assess Prufrock's views of life. His interpretation of everyday life can be described as vacant, lonesome, isolated, bleak, and repetitive (Critical Analysis of the Love Song of J.

6 pages (1500 words)Book Report/Review

'My Last Duchess'

The setting is a Duke preparing to meet a new crop of young women to take the place of his deceased wife and he is discussing her portrait with what appears to be a marriage broker. In discussing the color in his painted wife's cheeks, he states "She had A heart---how shall I say---too soon made glad, Too easily impressed;".

2 pages (500 words)Book Report/Review

The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Elliot

The paper gives a review on "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Elliot and explores modernism through it. Modernism and the development of a city culture brought with it feelings of losing one's self, and many writers began to question the previous ideas of a society and how to function within it.

2 pages (500 words)Book Report/Review

Walt Whitmans Song of Myself

While 'Song of Myself' serves as a useful premise for understanding the life and ideological thinking of the author, the poem for its transcendental vision of life and death, the simultaneously naturalistic and mythical visualization, paradoxical political and religious insinuations, profuse use of symbolism and imageries, the unconventional poetic technique and versification is considered one of the most difficult poems to understand and appreciate.

4 pages (1000 words)Book Report/Review

Kansas Band Song Dust in the Wind

What makes the lyrics even more powerful in this regard is the melody the song has. The guitar accompaniment has an enchanting effect. It charms one out of present realities into the realm of introspection. Emily Dickinson's poem, "I Reason the Earth is Short" (T.

5 pages (1250 words)Book Report/Review

DIcey's Song by Cynthia Voigt

Dicey's grandmother describes her as, "Strong as a birch sapling," and she stands as a role model to young adults who have also come from broken homes (Voigt). Dicey is a representation of how creativity, hard work, self respect and a love for one's family can mend any emotional pain.

5 pages (1250 words)Book Report/Review

'The Swimming Hole' and Song of Myself

"The Swimming Hole" gives the impression of a hidden observer watching a tightly knit group of young naked men who seem completely at ease with one another and their surroundings. Indeed the viewer sees one naked young man frozen in mid dive, another one throwing rocks, and still more lying lazily in the summer sun.

1 pages (250 words)Book Report/Review

After finishing The Lucky One in June, 2008, my mind immediately began moving to my next possible story.  Again, I wanted the story and characters and events in the novel to be original, interesting and universal.  Almost always, these are the words that pop into my head in the early stages of conceptualizing a story, but as I’ve continued to write, I’ve found that it becomes more and more difficult to meet those criteria.  There are, after all, some “certainties” in my novels:  two people will fall in love, the story will be set in eastern North Carolina, and the ending will either be happy, bittersweet or tragic.  

How then is it possible to come up with something original?  A story that surprises the reader?  One that feels fresh and interesting, yet still feels as if it could happen to anyone?

Usually, after those words pop into my head, I move into a process of elimination by asking myself what I’ve done recently.  In this instance, I thought back to Dear John (characters were in their early 20s), The Choice (characters were in their late 20s, early 30s and early 40s) andThe Lucky One (characters were in their late 20s).  At the same time, the movie for Nights in Rodanthe (with characters in their 40s and 50s) had come out the previous fall.  Thus, my first step was to eliminate all those age groups.  That left characters older than 60, or younger than 20.

Which then should I choose?  Because the somewhat recent film version of The Notebook had been such a success, I was gravitating toward writing another “teen” story, especially since I hadn’t done one since A Walk to Remember.  But again, those three words (originality, interesting and universal) popped into my head, and I knew I had to make the novel as different from A Walk to Remember as possible, while still retaining all those wonderful emotional elements.  

Ironically, it was exactly at this time that I received a phone call from Jennifer Gipgot, a producer associated with Disney (and the sister of Adam Shankman, who’d directed A Walk to Remember).  She said that Miley Cyrus loved A Walk to Remember, that she wanted to do something in the same vein, and then asked whether I “happened to have a story lying around.”

“No,” I said, “but it’s funny you should call about that . . .”

I didn’t commit to the story at that time – my idea for the story hadn’t proceeded far enough by that point – but I began focusing more intently on it, and a couple of weeks later, I had most of the general outline of the story.  One element still eluded me – what was it specifically that draws the characters together? – but I spoke to Jason Reed at Disney who reiterated that they were interested in the idea of me writing the screenplay (as well as, obviously, the novel).


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