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The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.81
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, lyrical, and sometimes painful -- like your own life, July 11 2004
This review is from: The Bell Jar (Paperback)
Don't be put off by the book's reputation as the story of a depressed not-quite-a-woman-not-a-girl protagonist--and certainly don't be put off by the fact that Sylvia Plath died very soon after writing the book. Although she is known primarily for her poetry, I've often thought that Bell Jar captured both her skill as a sharp poetess, but also her lesser-known sense of humor. The Bell Jar involves suicide attempts and mental institutions, but more importantly, it doesn't dwell on tragedy so much as cut through it. Plath's photographic depiction of what it is like to be thrust into adulthood and all the other things that aren't in childhood are equally important and remind the reader that the things that we experience are neither so beautiful nor ugly as they are absurd.
Whether or not you've ever been depressed, the Bell Jar captures not only the fear of nothing ever changing, but also the greater fear of things being different, twin processes which are, to me, at the heart of depression.

The S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman
The S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman
by Sheila Kelley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars lots of fun!, March 17 2004
I was a skeptic at first, but this book is pure fun. Those moves aren't as easy as they look, and that's the point--it's a workout! Sheila Kelley does a fantastic job of reminding women that stripping should be about them, and emphasizes the importance of making it your own. I'd give this book 4.5 stars because of that section on pole dancing--and most of us don't have poles to dance with, at least not safely--but I'm definitely intrigued. The most important thing of course is that the exercises really are very enjoyable to do, especially if you get bored easily. Have fun, and thanks Sheila!

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Chris Ware
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 38.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Show on Earth, Feb. 1 2003
I picked this up on a whim at the college bookstore; apparently a lit class is studying it.
As someone formerly somewhat wary of 'graphic novels,' Chris Ware has finally won me over. This book makes full use of the medium's benefits: It brings the bits and pieces of mental images and wanderings that any of us are apt to follow during the course of a day, wanderings that bring the past all too present.
Interwoven through the lives of the Corrigan men, the story itself is one that would stand up to any other medium: the story's great, the art work is fantastic.
This book is definitely a force in the movement to legitimize graphic novels. Like any great work of any medium, Jimmy Corrigan invites second, third, billionth glances, and has mysteries that are rewarding, not confusing.

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