Almost Paradise & Shining Through

    Almost Paradise (1984) and Shining Through (1988) by Susan Isaacs. The best-selling author’s gift for creating strong heroines and crisp dialogue are on display in these engrossing tales of romance. Almost Paradise examines the price a married couple—he’s a blue-eyed blue-blooded movie star, she’s a brilliant, half-Jewish woman with a less than illustrious pedigree—pay for fame. Set before and during World War II, Shining Through mixes romance with espionage as a poor girl from Queens marries the most handsome lawyer on Wall Street and eventually is sent on a secret mission to wartime Berlin.

    Total Points: 8 (JW 8)

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    Top Ten African-American Works

    1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952).
    2. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987).
    3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977).
    4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937).
    5. Native Son by Richard Wright (1945).
    6. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959).
    7. Another Country by James Baldwin (1962).
    8. Cane by Jean Toomer (1923).
    9. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (1990).
    10. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1965).



     

    Classic List

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    1. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
    2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955).
    3. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (1962).
    4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853).
    5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1857).
    6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927).
    7. Gusev by Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).
    8. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (1904).
    9. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (1842).
    10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1831).

     





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