Book Reports

Nina Combs

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott is a compelling example of how strong literature can portray the lives and conflicts of a human life, not only that but a novel that demonstrates the strength and beauty of the heart and mind of women. You may have heard of this coming-of-age novel either from a past English class or from the 2019 film starring Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Florence Pugh. The novel follows the lives of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The four sisters do not spend out their days in perfection and instead experience everything that life can offer. Love, heartbreak, hope, jealousy, and disappointment all intertwine into this beautiful story of blooming confidence and individual growth.

Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald

Veil of Roses is a novel written from the perspective of Tamila Soroush; a young woman living in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It a story about a girl who leaves the comfort of her family and the strictness of her culture to come to America and live with her sister. America is everything she imagined and more, but she has only three months to stay and find a husband. If she does not, she will be deported back to Iran. After having experienced a new kind of freedom in America, Tamila is not yet ready to return to the comfiness of her previous lifestyle. While in America she finds things that she never thought she could experience before: love, inspiration, courage, and strength. But the question remains; will it all be temporary?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This #1 New York Times Bestseller combines the graces and hardships of love and war in an engaging novel about the strength and independence of women. The story takes place in World War II era France following the passions of two sisters bound by blood but separated by mind and spirit. One made boundless by her courage and the other content with what she has find each other amid human cruelty and violence, taking upon themselves responsibilities that bring them face to face with death. The sisters on their separate paths find themselves gaining and losing, hoping, and despairing along the hurtles of prejudice that they encounter during war and the repercussions it leaves behind. With potent words, Kristin Hannah invites you along a powerful journey through the beauties of a life stricken by war and deception.

Edited by Ben Jungels

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