AP English Language
Readings, Observations, and Experiences
Whether for class or my own enjoyment, these are a collection of some of my sources for learning.
- Brown, Dan. Angels and Demons. Simon & Schuster Adult, 2006. Print.
Summary: Angels and Demons is a captivating tale about an old secret organization called the Illuminati that has plotted revenge on the church in Vatican City. An American symbologist Robert Langdon is called in to help the police find out what the symbols and clues left behind mean. The book goes through multiple settings trying to find each Illuminati clue before they hurt someone again. In the end, everything is found out and comes to a dramatic, surprising end.
"Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for that created us."
"Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to."
--Flacka Nestle 13:35, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
Film and Television
Nonfiction - Books
- Walls, Jeannette.The Glass Castle. New York: Scribner, 2005.
Summary: The Glass Castle is a story about Jeannette Walls and how she grew up. Her father was an intelligent man but was too consumed by alcohol to use it or get a good job to support his family. Jeannette's mother was more concerned about being an artist in New York than cooking and cleaning. The combibination of her parent's nonconformity caused her family to live a stressful and random life. When they were young her parents drug Jeannette and her siblings around and they lived like nomads. After years of this, they finally went back to her father's hometown in West Virginia. His alcoholism worsened. He stole their grocery money to buy alcohol and was never sober. During their high school years Jeannette and her sister decided they were going to get out and move to New York as soon as they saved enough money. With that determination, they were both able to leave, and eventually take their brother along with them. This is a story of struggle, family, love and triumph.
"One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. "You'd be destroying what makes it special," she said. "It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty."
"Mom always said people worried too much about their children. Suffering when you are young is good for you, she said. It immunized your body and your soul."
--Flacka Nestle 13:37, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
= Nonfiction - Essays
Pictures, Graphs/Charts, Cartoons