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"Middlesex," Vocabulary from Book One

For the first-person narrator created by Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex is both a geographical neighborhood "designed for a new type of human being, who would inhabit a new world" and a physical...
liturgy, neglect, recessive, hubris, diaspora, nonchalance, obstreperous, chromosome, hormone, more...
30 words

Mark Strand (1934-2014) Tribute List

Former Poet Laureate of the United States and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Mark Strand died of cancer on November 29. He was 80 years old. Radio host Michael Silverblatt called Strand "a gloomy gus,"...
seep, brevity, snarl, crux, ashen, inconsolable, annul, luster, pang, more...
10 words

"The Chocolate War," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-12

Life is not about selling boxes of chocolate. But in a financially struggling all-boys Catholic high school, it becomes the focus around which teachers and students unite (and fight). As you learn...
sinew, lassitude, leprosy, perusal, squander, stench, confrontation, crevice, quota, more...
40 words

Sacvan Bercovitch (1933-2014) Tribute List

Sacvan Bercovitch, Professor of American Literature at Harvard, died at the age of 81 on December 9, 2014. Professor Bercovitch was hugely influential in the field of American Studies and was famous...
rationalization, goad, hypocrisy, blunder, gull, deadpan, lament, exhortation, communal, more...
10 words

"The London Eye Mystery," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-10

How can someone disappear from a Ferris wheel? How does a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome find his cousin before the London police? Pick up some clues from this list for the mystery novel by...
queue, abacus, souvenir, vanish, forecast, revenge, edible, devastate, coincidence, more...
35 words

"Boy: Tales of Childhood," Vocabulary from Parts 1-2

The man who wrote "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's. For more golden details from the boyhood of Roald Dahl that inspired his bestselling children's...
amputate, ingenious, amiable, acquire, ambitious, subside, foliage, overwhelm, antibiotic, more...
40 words

Dylan Thomas at 100

Dylan Thomas would have been 100 years old on October 27, 2014. The Welsh poet, who died in 1953, is most famous for " Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," " A Child's Christmas in Wales," and the...
frail, leech, hew, dominion, tremulous, heedless, cipher, callous, judicious, more...
12 words

"The Help," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

As a collective noun, the title of the novel by Kathryn Stockett refers to the black maids working in the white households of the American South. As an abstract noun, "the help" could refer to the...
tote, fray, congeal, sorority, hussy, rheumatism, fiasco, reverie, gumption, more...
35 words
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