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The story behind activism—The Overstory

Book introduction: The Overstory presents a story from the root to the crown, and back to the seed. It is a story, more precisely eight stories of resistance and activism. When people understand the beauty of trees, their fates are forever changed as their embark on a road of activism that challenges the problematic system.Continue reading “The story behind activism—The Overstory”


The many complexities and diversity in one historical fiction—The Sympathizer

“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not some misunderstood mutant from a comic book or a horror movie, although some have treated me as such. I am simply able to see any issue from bothContinue reading “The many complexities and diversity in one historical fiction—The Sympathizer”

The power of authentic stories and new journalism—Hiroshima

Book introduction: Told through Hersey who interviewed six survivors of the Hiroshima atom bomb, the journalistic masterpiece tells what happened on the day and forty years after the incident. Using new journalism techniques, the book powerfully tells a different side of the story. Book recommendation: The book is very touching and “stirs the conscience ofContinue reading “The power of authentic stories and new journalism—Hiroshima”

A successful sequel: the end of Gilead–The Testaments

Book introduction The sequel to the classic The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments provides the readers with an ending to the mysteries of Gilead, an imaginary theocracy regime. Book recommendation Highly recommended to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale. For those who has not yet read The Handmaid’s Tale, both books are recommended because the dystopias areContinue reading “A successful sequel: the end of Gilead–The Testaments”

A failed dystopian novel– book review of The Circle

Book Introduction In The Circle, Eggers creates an Internet company that seeks to take over the world by controlling users’ data and personal information. Following the story of Mae Holland, a female employee of the company, the book explores the devastating effects of a totalitarian government that controls citizens’ privacy and private information. book recommendationContinue reading “A failed dystopian novel– book review of The Circle”

Narrative and Culture–An Orchestra of Minorities

book introduction: The book is a hopeless love story between Chinoso and Ndali, whose family backgrounds are completely different. The book is also a celebration of love and an eulogy of the loss of love and life. Spanning continents and narrated by a chi, a guardian spirit of the Igbo culture, the story traverses theContinue reading “Narrative and Culture–An Orchestra of Minorities”

A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale

Book introduction The book is set in the future where the United States is taken over by the Republic of Gilead. Under the regime, women and men live under horror and bizarre consequences, and women are especially demoralized to birth-giving machines. The book is fascinating and written brilliantly. The unique point of view and narrationContinue reading “A tale of the past, present, and future— The Handmaid’s Tale”

The power of faith–The Nickel Boys

Book introduction In segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis is a high school senior ready to go to college. However, one innocent mistake reverses his fate and brings him to the Nickel Academy, a juvenile reformatory and a grotesque chamber of horrors. In the Academy, Elwood is constantly inspired by the words of Martin Luther King toContinue reading “The power of faith–The Nickel Boys”

The metaphor of “racing”–The Art of Racing in the Rain

book introduction: Told by a dog Enzo, the book tells a story of a man, love, family, and the strong emotional connection between a dog and all of the above. book recommendation: This book makes you laugh. The reading experience was absolutely enjoyable and pleasant, and the story was uplifting and moving. It is veryContinue reading “The metaphor of “racing”–The Art of Racing in the Rain”

Colonization and Dehumanization of Native Americans– Love Medicine

book introduction Love Medicine is about the life stories of a group of Chippewa (who are all connected with one another) living on a reservation in North Dakota. book recommendation The book is well planned, and it is entertaining and heartbreaking to read. The connections between characters and how one event affect the other areContinue reading “Colonization and Dehumanization of Native Americans– Love Medicine”