'Indigo Summer' is an Enjoyable Read for Teens
As the new school year approaches, 15-year-old Indigo Summer knows things will be very different.
Indigo's best friend and former next-door neighbor, moved to another state after her parents divorced. Marcus, a boy she went to elementary school with, has moved into the house next-door and Indigo is less than pleased.
Once school starts, Indigo tries out for the dance team, searches for a new best friend, and enters into her first relationship with a boy named Quincy. Marcus is disappointed by Indigo's relationship, and expresses an interest in her himself, but still attempts to be her friend, despite her frequent self-centered and mean-spirited rants. As the story progresses, Indigo begins to realize Quincy is not all he appears to be, and Marcus starts to look like a better choice. She must decide how to deal with both relationships and hope her past mistakes will not hurt her future.
"Indigo Summer" is an enjoyable read young adults will be able to relate to. It deals with issues such as peer acceptance, relationships, blended families and the difficulties teens often have communicating with their families. Monica McKayhan has created a plot that is well paced, the characters are believable, and as a result, "Indigo Summer" is the kind of book that is difficult to put down.
Learn to Decipher Shakespeare
Thirty-eight plays. One hundred fifty-four sonnets. Two narrative poems.
"Nearly four hundred years after the Bard laid down his quill, no one has been able to match his achievement," notes Scott Kaiser, author of the new book Shakespeare's Wordcraft. "Like no other writer in the English language, he has become a constant presence in our lives, surrounding us every day in the form of words, phrases, expressions, images, ideas, speeches, characters, so familiar to us, so ubiquitous, that we often take them for granted, " he declares.
"Shakespeare's Wordcraft" is for readers who have a passion for Shakespeare, writers who wish to learn from his craft, actors, directors, and others who want to know what's behind the Bard's words.
Kaiser takes a comprehensive look at Shakespeare's use of language devices throughout his plays, devices he used to link memorable lines. The reader will first learn more about nine basic patterns of Shakespeare's language (i.e., transformations) and then about the devices that usually accompany a particular pattern ("sense shifting" in the case of transformations). After reading "Shakespeare's Wordcraft," you will be better able to understand and appreciate Shakespeare's use of language devices. In a clear, accessible, non-academic style-using plain terms, modern quotes, and several thousand examples, Kaiser reveals how Shakespeare's lasting lines were not accidental or coincidental, but designed and crafted by a master of the word to delight the ear, stimulate the mind, and stir the heart.
Carter's Latest Novel 'Relentlessly Suspenseful'
The eagerly awaited, electrifying new novel from the author of "The Emperor of Ocean Park," Stephen L. Carter's latest novel, "New England White," features African Americans living "in the heart of whiteness."
When "The Emperor of Ocean Park" was published, Time Out declared: "Carter does for members of the contemporary Black upper class what Henry James did for Washington Square society, taking us into their drawing rooms and laying their motives bare." Now, with the same powers of observation, and the same richness of plot and character, Carter returns to the New England university town of Elm Harbor, where a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African American political influence.
At the center of the story is Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity school. Lemaster is an old friend of the president of the United States. Julia was the murdered man's lover years ago. The meeting point of these connections forms the core of a mystery that deepens even as Julia closes in on the politically earth-shattering motive behind the murder.
Relentlessly suspenseful, galvanizing in its exploration of the profound difference between allegiance to ideas and to people, "New England White" is a resounding confirmation of Carter's gifts as a writer of fiction.