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William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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One theme of the play is the harmful effects that prejudice can have on people. It can make someone want to cut a pound of flesh from a living person. It can make someone spit on the clothing and the... More > beard of an old person. We can sympathize with Shylock because he is the victim of prejudice, but he also is guilty of prejudice. He hates Antonio in part because he is a Christian, although he has some other very good reasons for hating Antonio. We ought not to sympathize with Shylock when he wants Antonio to pay the penalty that is in the contract that Antonio signed.< Less
Honey Badger Goes to Hell — and Heaven By Martina Donna Ramone and David Bruce
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Print edition. An excerpt: Honey Badger was careless in crossing the street one day and was almost hit by a taxi, but fortunately a man yelled, “LOOK OUT!” and grabbed her arm and pulled... More > her out of danger. The man was actor Ryan Gosling, who said to her, “Hey, girl,” and then recommended that she read Rebecca West’s books. Mr. Gosling told Honey that Ms. West had once said, “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.” After talking with Mr. Gosling briefly, Honey thought, “When I look into your eyes, I see the revolution.” Actually, this did not happen to Honey, but she liked to think that it could happen to her someday.< Less
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 6) By David Bruce
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This book contains 250 stories about good deeds and the Good Samaritans who do them, including this one: In 1998, Cher released the song “Believe,” which became a monster hit and won her... More > a Grammy. An 11-year-old fan named Eric, who suffered from a life-threatening brain tumor for which he was receiving radiation treatments, wanted to meet her. The Make-a-Wish Foundation arranged a visit, and Cher went to Tampa, Florida. She wore gem-studded jeans and spikey high heels and gave Eric a couple of hugs. Eric said, “I like her music. I think it’s good, and well, I think she’s pretty, even though she’s older than my mom and dad. And gosh, my dad is like 30.” Cher is feisty — and she was feisty even in the fourth grade. One day was “Sharing Day,” during which all the students were supposed to tell what they had done over the summer. Cher thought that was stupid, so she said, “I’m going home” — then she walked out of school and went home.< Less
I Want to Die—Or Fight Back By Martina Donna Ramone
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Print edition. For adults only. This short story contains adult themes such as rape and other kinds of violence. This short story is not erotica.
William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's comic play "The Comedy of Errors," which revolves about the zany misunderstandings wrought by two sets of twins.
William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In it, Katherina vows before God — in the marriage ceremony — to love, honor, and obey her... More > husband, but very quickly she makes it apparent that she is not taking her vow seriously. Her husband, Petruchio, is determined to convince her to take that vow seriously. At the end of this book, Katherina makes a spirited defense of Christian marriage.< Less
William's Shakespeare's "Othello": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's tragedy titled "Othello," about an evil man named Iago who manipulates Othello, the Moor of Venice, into falsely believing that... More > his wife, Desdemona, is unfaithful to him.< Less
William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," whose major theme is love and the silly things it makes us do: 1) Love can make us see a... More > distinction where no real distinction exists. 2) Love can make us desire someone who is totally unsuitable for us. 3) Love can make us blind to the loved one’s faults. 4) Love can make us jealous. 5) Love can make friends enemies. 6) Love can make us quarrelsome. 7) Love can make us fickle. 8) If we are rejected, love can make us have low self-esteem (e.g., Helena). 9) Love can make us chase after someone who hates us. 10) Love can make us attempt to use reason to explain love although love is a nonrational emotion. (Lysander does this.) 11) Love is not irrational, although it can make people act in silly ways. Love is nonrational. 12) One of the best comments on the nonrationality of love is made by Bottom: “And yet, to say the truth, reason / and love keep little company together nowadays.”< Less
How to Manage Your Money: A Guide for the Non-Rich By David Bruce
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Print edition. This little document gives a number of common-sense tips for managing your money. It is not for rich people; however, students who are graduating from college and beginning their... More > career will benefit from reading it, as will many other non-rich people.< Less
William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing": A Retelling in Prose By David Bruce
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This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." In it, Beatrice and Benedick engage in verbal battles each time they meet, and... More > yet they fall in love.< Less