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Book Review: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau is a coming of age novel taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1970's, fourteen year old Mary Jane is caught in the middle of her family's conservative ideals and the progressive ideals of the Cone family where she is a summer nanny. Mary Jane is a sheltered teen who enjoys cooking with her mother, listening to Broadway Show Tunes, and singing in the church choir. On the first day of work, she is shocked at the mess in the Cone's home and introduces them to home cooked meals and keeping the house clean. In return, Mary Jane gets a front row seat to sex, drugs, and rock & roll. This novel was the selected for the book club I belong to. Again, this is a novel that I likely wouldn't have chosen to read on my own, but I was glad I did. Mary Jane is the first novel I've read by Jessica Anya Blau, and I was impressed with her storytelling.  Touching on race, class, and stereotypes, along with drugs and infidelity, it reminded

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Cain, Susan
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Capote, Truman

Clinton, Hillary Rodham
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  • Living History
  • What Happened

Frank, Anne
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Gwynne, S.C.
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Harris, Neil Patrick

Klein, Edward

LaRosa, Paul and Maria Cramer
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Lukasiak, Chloe

Meltzer, Brad & Josh Mensch
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  • The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President and Why It Failed

McCormick, Maureen
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Obama, Barack
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  • A Promised Land

Obama, Michelle
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Pomerantz, Gary M

Ramsay, Gordon

Scott, Jonathan and Drew
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Skloot, Rebecca
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Sweetin, Jodie
  • unSweetined

Walters, Barbara
  • Audition: A Memoir
  • How to Talk with Practically Anybody about Practically Anything

Wilkerson, Isabel




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