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THE SUN ALSO RISES

by Ernest Hemingway

A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. .

THE HANDMAID'S TALE

by Margaret Atwood

After a theocratic revolution, the U.S. government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive Republic of Gilead. The Handmaid's Tale showcases the very brutal fact of a woman's life when her rights are taken from her by a dystopian regime. Atwood shows how tenuous all civil rights, particularly women's right, are when there are people harking back to some nostalgic past that never really existed, creating in the process a brutal present.

SEIZE THE DAY

by Saul Bellow

Fading charmer Tommy Wilhelm has reached his day of reckoning and is scared . . . until a mysterious, philosophizing con man grants him a glorious, illuminating moment of truth and understanding and offers him one last hope.

THE MACHINE STOPS
Short Stories for English Language Learners
by E.M. Forster

The tale is set in a vague future time when humans are no longer able to live on the surface of the planet and must instead survive underground where all their needs are taken care of by the ever-present Machine.
“The Machine Stops” remains a thought-provoking and harrowing story of the dangers of human dependence on technology and the resilience of the human spirit."


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The Supreme Court of the United States eliminated the constitutional right to abortion. What's next for the Americans?

 

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