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  • Fiction > Historical Fiction
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    “It’s scandalous.” “It’s disgusting.” “It’s destroying the future of America, that’s what it is!” Mrs. Chamberlin’s voice cut above the disapproving chatter of the five women seated around the table for brunch. “It’s a travesty. Morals as we know them are going down the...
  • Fiction > Romance
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    At a time in our lives when we are being asked to choose a college, declare a major, and make career decisions before we’re eighteen, the question of who to take to prom becomes lost for those of us nerds. But when the realization hit me two weeks before the dance that I was going with my best fri...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    This is fun this is fun this is supposed to be fun. The words churn in my head over and over, fighting with each other as fear grips my stomach. The small space between my body and the plastic guard that is supposed to keep me alive makes my dangling feet shake. I cross my ankles, grip the handlebar...
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    "And then Obi Wan was all 'don't walk into the light!" "You are one strange kid" "It was only a dream." "What do you think your subconscious is trying to tell you?" "Probably to stop reading Sci Fi books." "You must read a lot.&qu...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    I think I love you, you eclectic jerk Your every flaw, your every quirk That painful glare, your disregard Your comebacks when they’re cold and hard I maybe love the way it stings The times you tell me awful things Your smile when it’s dripping pride And disrespects the other side Wh...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Sometimes I see you better with my eyes closed When my gaze stops counting the lines in your forehead And the number of times you lick your lips And the freckles on your back. When I let my eyelids come between my vision and you The room becomes very crowded even though we’re the only people...
  • Fiction > Action-Adventure
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    Not very many people understand the smell of three am. It smells like the sidewalk after it rains, or a breeze running its fingers through a jungle. It’s fresh and crisp, and also lonely. Every soul is asleep, and sometimes you feel like you are the only one left. I understood this smell when I wo...
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    The first thing teachers ask when you get back to school is “What did you do over summer vacation?” For some, the answer includes watching television or tanning in your backyard, but for others, it includes “four weeks of exploration, discovery and hard work designed to unleash your creative p...
  • College
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    For a musician, Rychard Cooper had a dreadful monotone voice. He mispronounced names frequently and walked around without shoes. But he was brilliant. Cooper was the Music Composition and Technology Coordinator at California State Summer School for the Arts, and what he had to say was important. Yet...
  • College
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    Commitment and curiosity are not always complementary. Passion and dedication allow me to uphold my obligations easily, but my desire for the unexpected pushes me to seek new experiences. My friends joke that I will be the first to jump out of a plane or trek through remote regions in Africa simply ...
  • Fiction > Historical Fiction
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    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll, was unique in his peculiarity. Known and often ridiculed for his literary nonsense, Carroll combined word play, logic, and fantasy to create some of the most magical storybook worlds of English literature. Critics fail to see ...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    “Do you talk to everyone this way? i truly find it amusing” “Do you honestly though?” “How do I get into these deep conversations with you?” “I have no Idea but it is refreshing to know that I can talk to you like this because you generally do understand me. at least I would like to...
  • Fiction > All Fiction
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    My mind races around the idea that maybe being trapped is a reversible state of being; that I can create my own freedom, even within the pages of this book. Bound by the limited words on the page, imprisoned by the prescribed plot, I think of the possibility that I may write my own story. The wind o...
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    “Does your imagination know what year it is?” The red words flash on the billboard, keeping time with the steady music of smooth traffic below. Not a bulb flickers, and everything is uniform. It is the perfect color red, and the billboard lines up parallel to the rows of neat white-washed, recta...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    The aspects that contribute to a woman’s identity are incalculable and complex. Leonora is an intricate character in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, not only as a woman, but as a wife. Her search for identity throughout the novel is constantly rooted to her loyalty to her husband due to her ...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    America is a country deeply occupied by the future. We look forward to it, make technological advances to improve it, and base our present actions on what it will look like. Tradition has become something old, a thing of the past, rather than an aspect of life to be cherished. As we, as a nation, mo...
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    Music is the most beautiful human obsession according to Daniel Levitin. In his book This is your Brain on Music, he describes the impact music has had on the human mind. No known culture in history has lacked music, and whenever humans come together, there is always music. In America, it is a 30 bi...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    The knife glides over the cutting board and methodically begins slicing freshly washed carrots. My mother’s quiet hand grabs generous handfuls, and they fall elegantly into the giant steel pot heating on the stove. A cloud of rosemary floats through the house, and I know that autumn is here. F...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    “There’s something unreal about finding your exact center. It feels like floating.” Charlie repositioned himself in his chair, closing his eyes, focusing on achieving the perfect balance. “Put down your sandwich and give it a try.” He opened his eyes and gazed across the circular lunch tab...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is 281 pages of pure heart and reality. This autobiography caught my interest at the library for its creative title, which implies that even though some of us go through tough events and meet oppressing people, we can still take something sweet from ou...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening was published in 1899 as the one of the first of its kind. It explores the mind of a woman trapped in a marriage that no longer fulfills her. Chopin astounded readers of the time with her bold presentation of the protagonist Edna Pontellier’s search for a more ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Dear Future Roomy, I always carry a pen in my pocket. I don’t know if I believe in God, but I believe in the cosmic force of love. I watch I Love Lucy reruns when I’m upset. Chocolate is my obsession, my “péché migon.” I listen to quiet chatter and music without lyrics when I’m trying t...
  • Nonfiction > Academic
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    Language is a vital part of the world because it is not only practical, but necessary; it is not only good, but beautiful. Language creates world culture, provides the pleasure of creative writing, and shapes the media. It is the central and integral part of essentially everything around us. Without...
  • Hot Topics > Pride & Prejudice
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    In today’s society, strange decisions are being made that would not have been imagined just a few years ago. The time when people said they believed in something and actually followed through with it is slowing dissipating. Lately proposals have been made in order to solve California’s falli...
  • Nonfiction > Travel & Culture
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    It’s rich, smooth, creamy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. That’s right; the sweet temptation of chocolate is hard to resist for most. Since 1100 BC, it has become one of the most popular flavors in the world. The average American eats 10-12 pounds of chocolate a year. It is not physically add...

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