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- Life and works of Barbara Kingsolver
- Novels and life of Cormac McCarthy
- Works of Amy Tan
- Novels by Ian McEwan
- Works and quotes of Kurt Vonnegut
1. The Things They Carried: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Vietnam War was a long, controversial military conflict. In this lesson, you'll get a summary of Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War novel, including a breakdown of the main characters and major ideas.
2. Barbara Kingsolver: Biography, Books & Quotes
In this lesson on American writer Barbara Kingsolver, you'll learn about her life, her major literary awards, and a couple of her best-selling books. You can test your understanding at the end with a short quiz.
3. Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes
Things Fall Apart tells the tragic story of a Nigerian tribesman who holds on to tradition in a changing world. In this lesson, you'll learn about the basic story and the characters involved, and you'll pick up on a few of the novel's major themes.
4. Cormac McCarthy: Biography, Novels & Quotes
Cormac McCarthy has been called one of the greatest living American writers. In this lesson, you'll learn about his life and three of his most celebrated novels.
5. Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club & Other Novels
Amy Tan is known for writing books about Chinese immigrant mothers and their American daughters, but her books speak to larger issues that anyone can relate to. In this lesson you'll get an introduction to Tan, her most famous book, and a few of her other novels.
6. Elie Wiesel's Night: Summary, History & Quotes
The Holocaust of World War II was one of the darkest times in recent history. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of one of the most famous Holocaust memoirs, along with the historical context and some biographical highlights of the author, Elie Wiesel.
7. Ian McEwan Novels: Saturday and Atonement
In this lesson, you'll hit the highlights of two important novels by British writer Ian McEwan. You'll learn what happens in the books, who the main characters are, and which big ideas McEwan develops.
8. The Kite Runner: Summary, Characters & Themes
The Kite Runner is a contemporary novel set in Afghanistan that has drawn equal amounts of praise and controversy. In this lesson, you'll learn about the main characters, the main ideas, and get a summary of the crucial events.
9. Kurt Vonnegut: Biography, Works & Quotes
Kurt Vonnegut's books are counted among the greatest novels ever written. In this lesson, you'll learn about the interesting life Vonnegut lived, and you'll be exposed to some of the big ideas in his most famous books.
10. Gail Carson Levine: Biography & Books
In this lesson you'll learn about the children's and young adult author Gail Carson Levine and her work, primarily her well-received novel, Ella Enchanted. Read the lesson and take the quiz!
11. Girl by Jamaica Kincaid: Summary, Theme & Analysis
This lesson will summarize the short prose poem, 'Girl,' by Jamaica Kincaid. Also, this lesson will provide an overview of some central themes and provide analysis for each.
12. Harry Potter: Characters, Author & Facts
If you don't know who Harry Potter is, you might just be a Muggle. Not to worry, though, because in this lesson you'll have the chance to meet the author of the series, along with some of her characters, who have captivated readers for nearly two decades.
13. Independence Day by Richard Ford: Summary & Analysis
'Independence Day' by Richard Ford is a sequel to 'The Sportscaster,' featuring Frank Bascome as he struggles to gain independence and reconnect with his family. Written in 1995, this is the second book in a four-part series.
14. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Summary & Analysis
'Purple Hibiscus' is a coming-of-age narrative about a young Nigerian woman who struggles to assert her identity in a patriarchal culture. Read a plot summary and examine some of the themes of this debut novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
15. Thirteen Reasons Why: Book Summary & Characters
This lesson summarizes 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher, a novel about the suicide of teen Hannah Baker. In addition, we will examine the novel's main characters, all of whom play a part in Hannah's suicide.
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