American Born Chinese

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Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. New York: First Second, (2006).

ISBN: 978-1596431522, e-book, $5.72.


             America is known as a melting pot of cultures, yet there are still ruling stereotypes that keep ethnic cultures from feeling like they truly belong. American Born Chinese is the story of three characters who find themselves trying to eradicate those stereotypes from their lives while realizing they must still keep a hint of who they are as they try to assimilate.

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Attack on Titan: Volume 1

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Isayama, Hajime. Attack on Titan, Vol.1 New York: Kodansha Comica, (2012).

ISBN: 978-1-61262-024-4, Paperback, $9.99.


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For years, humanity has been living surrounded by walls to protect themselves from the monsters on the other side. During this time, soldiers have risked their lives going beyond the walls to learn how these monsters, these Titans, can be fought and eradicated so their people truly feel safe.

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Despite their efforts, their home is ravaged, seemingly in seconds, and their hard work has gone in vain. Now, their friends and family are dying left and right; their homes in shambles.

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Victoria and the Rogue

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Cabot, Meg. Victoria and the Rogue. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. Print.

ISBN: 978-0060753214, Paperback: $8.99


             Sixteen and rich, Victoria gets sent to England in search of a husband. Along the way she meets Lord Malfrey and the two become engaged before she even sets foot on English soil. Unfortunately, the horrendous, albeit handsome, Captain Carstairs keeps interfering in Victoria’s matters. As annoying as she finds him, Victoria soon finds all is not as it seems…

 “There were any of the other numerous gentleman with whom she’d become acquainted since arriving in London.

But Victoria had thought of one name and one name only when she’d determined that a gentleman must be sent for, and that name had been Jacob Carstairs.

And that was, purely and solely, because he was the only person Victoria knew who could be counted upon to keep his mouth shut about Lord Malfrey…”

During her stay, Victoria goes about helping others but soon finds that she must focus on herself if she is to make the right decision in who she is to wed.

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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

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Blumenthal, Karen. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different. New York: Feiwel and Friends, (2012).

ISBN: 978-1-250-01461-0, e-book, $6.76.


               Furnishing a timeline that consists not only of a man’s life, but the life of modern day technology, Karen Blumenthal’s biography of the late, great Steve Jobs is a brilliant telling of how what a person thinks can change lives. Building off a speech Jobs gave for a graduation ceremony at Stanford University, Blumenthal outlines Jobs’ life through three significant stories that Jobs’ himself believed told all we really needed to know about his life. From adoption, through journeys of enlightenment, to failure, and eventually success, Job is illustrated as a very driven man. In this biography Blumenthal shows just how ambitious Jobs was, how his love for technology and business was nurtured by those around him, and how he used any means necessary to push his peers to their potential. He is flawed, he has made mistakes, he has driven those closest away from him, but he was able to learn from his mistakes, swallow his pride, and provide the world with technology that most of us can no longer live without.

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