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The Sign of the Beast

My Thoughts What I admire most about Oates’ brand of suspenseful horror is that she truly understands the predatory nature of people. Mrs. S——, Howard’s Sunday school teacher, is a sexual predator that teases and taunts Howard mercilessly, making inappropriate comments about his physical development. The story seems very straightforward, that this Sunday school teacher …

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The Yellow Wallpaper

My Thoughts The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic short story about a woman suffering from postpartum depression. This story says more than most books in such a short amount of pages and it is a powerful cautionary tale of the dangers of postpartum depression and female oppression. “If a physician of high standing, and one’s …

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Now You’re One of Us

My Thoughts I have found a true Japanese gothic and I am head over heels in love! Now You’re One of Us is the story of a young woman that marries into a very large, traditional Japanese family. All members of the family live under the same roof in a sprawling estate, they welcome her …

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The Place Between Breaths

My Thoughts The Place Between Breaths is an emotionally raw story about mental illness and the ways that it can weigh heavily on our lives. Schizophrenia is a serious illness wherein those that have it experience severe delusions. Its causes are unknown and require lifelong treatment to keep symptoms under control. The plot for this …

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Ritual

My Thoughts Ritual is one of those books that was truly difficult for me to categorize and sort my thoughts on. The plot was intriguing but the writing was seriously bogged down with purple prose. It was hard for me to get a feel for the tone of the novel, as the conversations between characters …