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A Book to Read and Love: Agamemnon - Aeschylus

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A short summary of Agamemnon: The tale of the Great Agamemnon, king and conqueror. (Spoiler: Karma gets involved)

Questions to ponder while reading Agamemnon: Can you get justice through revenge?
Can a family be cursed?
My thoughts about Agamemnon: Another perspective on the Trojan saga.
A must-read for history/mythology lovers.
Ancient literature at its finest.


A Book to Read and Love: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - Edward Albee

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A short summary of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Love and middle-age, in marriage.

Questions to ponder while reading Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: How happy is your marriage?
Are you successful?
My thoughts about Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: A very good example of a very bad marriage.
Some people probably shouldn't drink much.
Full of schadenfreude and dark humor.

A Book to Read and Love: Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Measure for Measure: Lord Angelo's Authoritarian Acts in Vienna.

Questions to ponder while reading Measure for Measure: What is a virtue?
Do you think the Duke will get married?
My thoughts about Measure for Measure: Relax into the flow, the language will come.
This isn't a comedy, not really.
I, personally, feel that both Angelo and the Duke are ridiculous weenies.


A Book to Read and Love: Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Death of a Salesman: End of career unhappiness

Questions to ponder while reading Death of a Salesman: What has disappointed you?
Are you happy with your life?
My thoughts about Death of a Salesman: A play for the ages.
Must read classic.
Just don't quit.

A Book to Read and Love: Hamlet - William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Hamlet: The death and drama that surrounds the Danish throne.

Questions to ponder while reading Hamlet?
How do your family dynamics compare to that of Royalty?
Could hauntings and insanity be one and the same?
My thoughts about Hamlet: The imagery, the graveyard, the skull, the prose.
Royal family dynamics at its finest.
Family secrets are haunting.

A Book to Read and Love: All's Well That Ends Well - William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of All's Well That Ends Well: Helena's quest for a proposal.

Questions to ponder while reading All's Well That Ends Well: What would you do for a guy?
Should marriage always be the end game?
My Thoughts on All's Well That Ends Well: Helena was much too obsessed.
Bertram was too much an ass.
Despite them both, I thought it was funny.

A Book to Read and Love: Love's Labour Lost by William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Love's Labour Lost: A love affair of wit.

Questions to ponder while reading Love's Labour Lost: How do you feel about chastity?
Have you ever made a promise you couldn't keep?
My thoughts about Love's Labour Lost: Once again, I wish I had Sir William's wit.
Puns are always fun.
Why are love and study incompatible?

A Play to Read and Love: Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Julius Caesar: Beware the Ides of March. (that is March 15th)

Questions to ponder while reading Julius Caesar: Would you betray a friend for politics?
Have you done something that has altered the course of your life?
My thoughts about Julius Caesar: Power grabbing is dangerous.
Violence rarely solves anything.
Ultimately, it is the people who rule.

A Book to Read and Love: Macbeth - William Shakespeare - Summary and Reveiw

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A short summary of Macbeth: The cost of royal aspirations.

Questions to ponder while reading Macbeth: How far do your ambitions take you?
Do you sleepwalk?

My thoughts about Macbeth: (a review) Blood is a hard stain to remove.
Never do what you will feel guilty about.
Every prophecy comes with a caveat.

A Book to Read and Love: Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Antony and Cleopatra: The tragic love affair everyone is still talking about.

Questions to ponder while reading Antony and Cleopatra: Have you ever fallen in love with a person who wasn't very good for you?
What would you do in the name of love?
My thoughts about Antony and Cleopatra: (a review) I felt bad for Octavia.
The pair were kind of silly, no?
I wish I could see Cleopatra's Egypt.

A Book to Read and Love: As You Like It - William Shakespeare - Summary & Review

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A short summary of As You Like It: Love in the forest of Arden.

Questions to ponder while reading As You Like It: Is there refuge in Nature?
Have you fallen in love with someone who can't love you back?
My thoughts about As You Like It: (a review) Rosalind/Ganymede is a favorite character.
Full of entanglements.
Nonsensical by smart.

A Play to Read and Love: The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Importance of Being Ernest: What's in a name?

Questions to ponder while reading The Importance of Being Ernest: Is there anything more fun than a good satire?

Should we bring back bunburying?

My thoughts about The Importance of Being Ernest: (a review) I bow to the great sarcasm of Oscar Wilde.
I wish I were so witty.
Another play I really want to see live.

A Play to Read and Love: Comedy of Errors - William Shakespeare - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Comedy of Errors:
Mistaken identity, done twins, times two.

Questions to ponder while reading Comedy of Errors: Is there anything more fun than puns?
Could slapstick be more fun than puns?
My thoughts about Comedy of Errors: It is utterly ridiculous and I love it.
One must have humor to survive.
One of the easiest of Shakespeares plays to read (in my opinion).

*Note - My favorite quote from the play is actually "If she lives till doomsday, she'll burn a week longer than the whole world" but everyone insists it too impolite to say so.

A Play to Read and Love: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Waiting for Godot: Keeping up the unkept appointment.

Questions to ponder while reading Waiting for Godot: How long do you wait before giving up?
What is the purpose of doing nothing?

My thoughts about Waiting for Godot: I don't know why, but I love this play.
Bicker, philosophy, bicker.
Life is better with a bowler hat.

A Play to Read and Love: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - Summary & Review - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Pygmalion: The creation of a lady.

Questions to ponder while reading Pygmalion: What does it take to be a lady?
Do you own those you teach?
My thoughts about Pygmalion: Another play I really want to see live.
It is important to overcome your limitations.
I hope Eliza made her way on her own.

A Play to Read and Love: A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play A Doll's House: Nora can't be your doll any longer.

Questions to ponder while reading A Doll's House: Who is the boss of you?
Macaroons are good, aren't they?
My thoughts about A Doll's House: I am so glad to be my own person.
Debt is never a good idea.
Equality is the only way a marriage will work.

A Play to Read and Love: Proof by David Auburn - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Proof: Reconciling grief, love, resentment, trust, and talent.

Questions I pondered while reading Proof: Is it possible to spend too much time alone?
Why is independent education so mistrusted?
My thoughts about Proof: I *really* want to see it live now.
The play has a good flow.
I admire genius.

A Play to Read and Love: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play The Glass Menagerie: Single parenting in St. Louis.

Questions to ponder while reading The Glass Menagerie:
Can you dream too much?
How do you recover from disillusionment?

My thoughts about The Glass Menagerie:
Sometimes you have to move on.
Sometimes you have to go to work.
Sometimes life sucks.

A Play to Read and Love: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling - Summary & Review

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A short summary about the play Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A frantic New York search for magic creatures and creations.

Questions I pondered while reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Who wouldn't love a baker?
It's okay to want a suitcase like that right?
My Thoughts about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: I love the Rowling world.
I want my own bowtruckle.
Betrayal after cocoa is bad form.



A Play to Read and Love: The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play The Heidi Chronicles: The adult life of a feminist.

Questions I pondered while reading The Heidi Chronicles: Why can't women be more supportive of each other?
Do you have to get married to have a full life?
My thoughts about The Heidi Chronicles: Deep subjects require humor.
I wish I were as witty.
Be true to you.