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A Book Report on The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam, a Memoir by G. Willow Wilson
In this chapter, Wilson is returning to the United States for the first time since she left for Egypt a year earlier. She was very nervous to go back because she thought that there was a good chance that she would get detained by the FBI since she was a Muslim convert from the Middle East. She even went so far as to make...
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The Depiction of Mental Illness, Its Prevalence, and the Methods of Treating It in Prozac Nation, an Autobiography by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Prozac Nation, an autobiographical piece, covers the journey of Elizabeth Wurtzel as she struggles with what her doctors believe is atypical depression. The book covers a large span of time for Wurtzel, alternating between early adolescence to college and beyond. Despite the time changes, the repetition of and consistency o...
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The Social Death of Slaves in Cuba Depicted in Juan Manzano's Autobiography
Juan Manzano tells many stories of everyday life as a slave in Cuba.
At first his view is a bit differed from other slaves, in that, he was a
slave that enjoyed privileges not other slaves enjoyed. Manzano was
fortunate enough to grow up with a mistress who was very fond of him, and
appreciated him being around. Manzano was...
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The Generation Gap Between Yu Fang and Jung Chang
Yu Fang and Jung Chang: Generations Apart Throughout the civilized world societies are typical measured by their progression, that is how the lives of its peoples are improved over time. Thusly, the lives of the members of more recent generations are expected to be markedly better than that of their ancestors. While hard t...
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The Challenges and Trials of Segregation in Warriors Don't Cry, a Book by Melba Pattillo Beals
Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High (New York: Pocket Books, 1994) 517 pp., biography. In 1957 nine black students enrolled at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their enrollment was in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in th...
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The Message to the Author's Son on Living in Today's America as an African American in Between the World and Me, a Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, Between The World and Me, is written to his fifteen year old son Samori about what it means to be African American in America today. In the book, the author shares life altering memories that he uses to teach his son what it is like being black in America. Ta-Nehisi’s...
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The Stressful Effects of the Persecution of Jews during the Holocaust on Anne Frank
Humans are known to be very resilient and can survive the most extreme of conditions. The Jews were prosecuted during World War II and experienced some things that people today could never have imagined. People were being taken from their homes at spontaneous moments and very essentially sent to their deaths. The ones that...
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A Summary of a Chapter from Makes Me Wanna Holler, an Autobiographical Book by Nathan McCall
Summary of “Makes Me Wanna Holler” The introductory, Nathan McCall had just come home from prison. He went into detail about what he was thinking in the moment and what happened. When he came home, he “wore the consciousness of [his] new freedom like an overcoat” (220). Everything felt surreal for him, it’s as if he was...
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The Business of Slavery in The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
Innocently strolling through life, living with a loving family, in a warm home, without a care in the world. In a country where nature can easily provide anything one wants. As happy as one can be, Olaudah Equiano, an eleven-year-old boy, abducted from his home. Hands bound and mouth covered, a terrified young boy, being ca...
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What I Learned from College Girl by L. Gray-Rosendale
As soon as I read the first two chapters I could not put the book down. It had drawn me in completely. I thought overall this book was amazing and even though it was sad/depressing, it still had a good story behind it. I could not believe it was a true story and this horrible thing really happened to her. While Rosendale wa...
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A Report on The Achievement of Desire, an Excerpt from Richard Rodriguez's Autobiography Hunger of Memory
The Scholarship Boy In the excerpt “The Achievement of Desire”, derived from the autobiography “Hunger of Memory”, Richard Rodriguez recounts his academic achievements from childhood to adulthood while also comparing it to that of his reclusiveness from his family. In the beginning of the excerpt, Rodriguez t...
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Cultural Heroes in Autobiography of a Slave by Juan Francisco Manzano, A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid, and Masters of the Dew by Jacques Roumain
Lasting Impacts of Remarkable Figures Despite the struggles the Caribbean faced during the 19th century, there were some people, “cultural heroes”, who created a significant impact to benefit the many communities encompassed in the Caribbean. These cultural heroes can be seen through Juan Francisco Manzano in Autobiography...
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The Valuable Lessons Taught by Autobiographies in Autobiography, an Article by V.S. Pritchett
In the article, Autobiography, V.S. Pritchett basically talks about autobiographies from his own perspective. He talks about its origin and the whole identity crisis writers have to face when writing their autobiography. He discusses the people that write it, the type of information it usually contains, the tone the author...
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The Theme of Heroes and Villains in the Novel Reading Lolita in Teheran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
ABSTRACT: This essay examines the question, “To what extent is the theme of heroes and villains portrayed in the novel ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books’ by Azar Nafisi?”The essay begins by introducing the problems Nafisi, perhaps women in general faced at the time Iran was experiencing inner turmoil. The novel...
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The Portrayal of Adolescence in David Mitchell's Novel Black Swan Green
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Frost). Life changes continuously with each choice and decision creating an eternal cycle even after death. Childhood is a time of innocence while adulthood is a time of maturity. If one were to combine both these stages, you would end u...
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The Life of George Appo: Hardships of Living During the Long Depression
It’s a Hard Knock Life Life was tough during the so-called “Long Depression.” There was a significant amount of crime, police brutality, and corruption in law enforcement that was going on at the time. Nobody cared about trying to make an honest living to fulfill what they thought was their share of the sought after Americ...
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The Barriers Immigrants Face in Funny in Farsi, a Memoir by Firoozeh Dumas
Funny in Farsi There are few things in life easier to adjust to than "change." Said not a single person ever. However there a few, such as Firoozeh Dumas, who have handled the changes of life with what can only be described as humorous ease. In her memoir "Funny in Farsi" she addresses many of the issues and concepts immig...
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The Life of an African Slave in the Autobiography of Olaudah Equiano
The African Slave Trade What is the most horrific thing you can think of? Perhaps being ripped from your home and taken from the ones you love to be sold into a life of forced servitude? This was the harsh reality for many African peoples sold into slavery. For over two hundred years’ slavery was one of the most profitable...
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The Taboo of Black-White Relationships in The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
The Color Of Water The Color Of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother by James McBride is an autobiography and a tribute to his mother. The Book alternates between James and his mother, allowing the reader to follow two narratives at the same time. Growing up as a black child with a white mother confused James...
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An Analysis of the Effects of Self-Imaging in the Works of Lucy Grealy
Lucy Grealy demonstrates in her autobiographical essays the idea of self-image and the problems that come along with it. She explains through her own experience of growing up with a disfigured face what it is like to have self-image problems. Her obsession with her self-image cause her to struggled with herself internally...
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: On Quitting and Making Changes
What to Do When "I Quit" Just Isn't Enough Maya Angelou, who is known as Marguerita Johnson in her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, talks about her difficult times working for Viola Cullinan. As Cullinan mistreats her by giving Maya the slightly more convenient version of Margaret, Mary, Maya quits her job by breaking...
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The Theme of Silence in the Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
In Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, the theme of silence appears multiple times as an indicator of self-oppression within women in both China and the United States during the early 1900’s. In Kingston’s memoir, silence is used as a symbolic representation of muting individual exp...
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The Life and Works of Literature by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes knows the meaning of a dream. Born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes went on to personify African-American culture during his career as a novelist, poet, and scholar, and in particular had an enormous impact on the artistic contributions of the Harlem renaissance. Hughes was a unique poet, in that he sough...
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The Distinction Between Testimonio and Other Forms of Writing According to John Beverly's The Margin at the Center: On Testimonio
To write an autobiography or oral history such as “Personal Memories of Ulysses S. Grant ” is one thing. John Beverly argues that to write a testimonio is completely another. In his essay “The Margin at the Center: On Testimonio,” John Beverly makes a distinction between other forms of writing and testimonio, claiming that,...
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The Liar's Club: Mary Karr's Relationship with Her Parents
The life of Mary Karr, just as it is for any human, is shaped by her relationship with her parents. In her memoir, The Liar’s Club, sharp contrast is drawn between her parents opposing views on life. Mary often feels compelled to choose sides when regarding the different philosophies that are presented by her parents. What...
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