Written by Beth Winters
I love “Six of Crows.”
Let’s start at the beginning. I prepared for this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) by making a “most wanted books” list, and “Six of Crows,” the first in a new duology by Leigh Bardugo, was near the top. Lo and behold, I was lucky enough to snag a copy.
Admittedly, I was a little hesitant to read this book because though I very much enjoyed “Shadow and Bone,” the first book in Bardugo’s "Grisha" trilogy, I thought the last in the "Grisha" series left something to be desired in terms of both plot and character development. I am happy to say that those worries are unfounded when it comes to “Six of Crows.”
“Six of Crows” begins a bit slowly because there is a lot of introductory information, which is especially necessary for those who have not read any of the "Grisha" trilogy. The good news? You do not need to have read the "Grisha" series to enjoy this one.
Written by Lauryn Smith
Award-winning author Toni Morrison's storytelling is brilliant in her novel “Beloved,” which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. That statement about Morrison’s prose is probably obvious, especially to literature aficionados. Those who do not know of Morrison’s work (heck, even those who already do) should consider reading her perspective-altering novels. Then reread them. And share them.
Morrison is an American writer who has won both Nobel and Pulitzer prizes and received numerous other honors. She is known for her bold themes and lifelike characters, both of which are prominent in “Beloved,” a tale about slavery in post-Civil War America. Morrison’s direct, convincing representations of slavery and post-servitude freedom during this era of American history make the book noteworthy. Morrison illustrates the life of Sethe, a character inspired by Margaret Garner, an enslaved black woman in pre-Civil War America. Sethe escapes slavery with her children and runs to Ohio, a free state. After just a month of freedom, she is sought under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Rather than see them forced back into slavery, Sethe attempts to kill her children, succeeding with one, a daughter called Beloved. Years later, a woman enters Sethe’s life. The woman calls herself Beloved. Therein lies the core discourse of the novel.
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