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- Explain the main themes of Things They Carried.
- Discuss the biography and books of Barbara Kingsolver.
- Analyze the characters of Things Fall Apart.
- Take a look at The Joy Luck Club and other novels by Amy Tan.
- Describe the historical context of Elie Wiesel's Night.
- Provide summaries and analyses for Ian McEwan's Saturday and Atonement.
- Explore the major works of Kurt Vonnegut.
- Discuss the feminist theory found in the works of bell hooks.
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. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Books
MacArthur Genius Grant winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hasn't been writing for very long--only about 15 years. But in that comparatively short time, she's made a huge impact on the world of literature. Let's take a look at the books of this inspiring figure in contemporary African literature.
11. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: Summary & Analysis
Have you ever wondered how stories can affect your world-view? Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores this in her 'TED talk' presentation, examining the concept of the 'single story' and the power that narratives have in shaping our perceptions of one another.
12. Half a Yellow Sun: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will explore the plot of 'Half of a Yellow Sun.' You will learn about the basic structure of the novel, its historical context, and other important elements that make up the plot.
13. Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul: Summary & Analysis
''Half a Life'', by V.S. Naipaul, is the story of Willie Somerset Chandran, a wanderer who searches for self-discovery in several countries and on many different avenues. His adventures carry him from India to London and all the way to Mozambique.
14. Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul Quotes
Willie Chandran is seeking a purpose, yet his voyage leads him well middle age in V.S. Naipaul's ''Half a Life''. Can Willie strip his own perception of self, the world, and his lineage to find the answers he yearns?
15. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy: Summary & Quotes
This lesson provides a summary of Cormac McCarthy's novel ''Child of God.'' We will learn about the characters, setting, and major plot events through quotes from the novel.
16. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy: Theme & Analysis
In this lesson, we will analyze the author's choices and examine the themes in the Cormac McCarthy novel 'Child of God.' This is the story of how Lester Ballard's unmet needs for companionship led to moral degradation.
17. Blood Meridian: Summary & Analysis
Cormac McCarthy's ''Blood Meridian'' offers a realistic portrayal of westward expansion. It focuses on the nature of war and the human propensity toward violence.
18. Blood Meridian: Quotes & Character Analysis
The characters in Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' are as violent as the story in which they appear. McCarthy uses the novel's characters to reflect the bloody conflict that occurred on the Mexican border in the 1840s.
19. Books Similar to Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy's novel 'Blood Meridian' tells the bleak story of one boy growing up surrounded by violence. This lesson explores the similar books 'Moby Dick,' 'The Revenant,' 'The Devil All the Time,' 'American Meteor,' and 'City of Thieves.'
20. No Country for Old Men: Book Summary & Quotes
In Cormac McCarthy's 'No Country for Old Men', Llewelyn Moss finds a case full of drug money and more trouble than he bargains for when a psychopathic killer named Anton Chigurh is hired to pursue him. Sheriff Bell tries but fails to protect Moss.
21. No Country for Old Men: Book Analysis & Themes
Cormac McCarthy's novel ''No Country for Old Men'' uses interior monologues to consider the nature of evil, one of the book's themes. The novel also examines the part fate plays in matters of life and death.
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