coming of age

Brotherly Bonds, Deranged Author, and Runaway Outlaws – Three to Read

Welcome back to another three to read! Pick any of these three book and you are bound to go on at least one adventure this summer!

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TBT Best Seller Edition: ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’

Each week, we will be highlighting a best seller of years past. Read to learn more about one of the greatest inspirational novels, 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.'

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The Poisonous Charm of White Oleander

White Oleander was written by Janet Fitch and published in 1999. While the novel itself is now over 20 years old, its story is both engaging and extremely provoking for its readers. I came across this novel back in high school and it was one of the books I had to read as part of my curriculum. I immediately found myself in love with this book, and I’m going to tell you why.


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White Oleander starts off with Astrid Magnussen, a twelve year old girl living with her mom, Ingrid Magnussen, in Santa Ana, California. The opening pages introduce a world of ethereal description that, like Ingrid’s personality, tricks you into sense of calm security. However, that’s when the book startles you with its poison, like the white oleander flower that the book is named after.


While beautiful, this coming-of-age story has some darkness to it, and it’s nothing to casually look over. Astrid finds herself constantly switching foster homes due to unforeseen circumstances, either with herself or with the family that has taken her in. As a result, abuse and grief become center stage as themes in the book. Astrid has to deal with loss after leaving subsequent foster families, and she is forced to find her way through the world essentially alone as she transitions into an emerging young adult.


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At the end of the book, we’ve been with Astrid long enough to know who she is, and the person she’s unfortunately become, due to the forced life of moving and the grief she’s experienced after just twelve years. We end with her being 18, and although she finds some comfort and stability, we still are left feeling a bit hollow. The future is uncertain, not only for Astrid, but for ourselves. This is one parallel that the book makes with its readers.


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Books to Enjoy With Your Favorite Dessert

Desserts and books are arguably two of life’s greatest pleasures. Everybody seems to have a soft spot for desserts to a certain extent, whether you have a big sweet tooth or you’re more of a “special occasion” kind of person – who can resist a little bit of sweet?

To match your favorite dessert, here’s a book that will pair well with it. Enjoy!

Ice cream

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Ice cream is a frozen treat that never gets old. Although we traditionally indulge during the heat of the summer months, it’s really one of those desserts that can be enjoyed at any time during any season. If ice cream is your favorite dessert, grab a pint of your favorite flavor and indulge while reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is perfect for anyone who loves ice cream because just like ice cream, it never gets old. You can read this book over and over and find something new each time you read.

'The Invisible Man'

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Chocolate Lava Cake

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If you’re someone who loves chocolate lava cake, chances are you love a good surprise. The warm, gooey interior of chocolate lava cake offers a complete contrast from its outer crust. Books with twists and turns are exhilarating – they keep the pages turning while keeping you on your toes. Here’s one to enjoy with your chocolate lava cake! Gone for Good by Harlan Coben is perfect for you if you love a book that keeps you guessing. Coben tells this invigorating story with plot twists woven into every chapter and achieves the rare feat of writing a novel which is genuinely unpredictable in every aspect.

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Ah, the traditional Italian dessert. Coffee-dipped and delicious, flavored with cocoa, it’s hard to go wrong with Tiramisu. If you’re in the mood for some Italian, why stop at food? Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman is set in Northern Italy and will give you a beautiful glimpse of the country while crafting a compelling coming-of-age story.

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French macarons

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If your favorite desserts are these delicious, little cookies, you might prefer your sweets in moderation. No need for a gigantic piece of cake or pie – a few of these mini French treats will do! Pair some French macarons with The Stranger by Albert Camus and indulge in a short, magnificent novel by one of the most renowned French writers of all time.

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