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Return to Chaos: Shirley Jackson's Raising Demons

Raising Demons
By Shirley Jackson

Raising Demons, Shirley Jackson’s second memoir of life with her children, picks up soon after its predecessor Life Among the Savages… 385 more words


CP 9: “One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts” & Vocabulary

Full Text (.pdf)

**This story can also be found in the Pearson literature textbook.

Vocabulary: (page #’s correspond to the textbook)

endeavoring (p. 421)

ominously (p. 98 more words

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Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me

There’s a big trend on FB where authors and readers list 10 books that have stayed with them in some way. In no particular order, here’s mine and why: 689 more words

Random Musings

Apocalypse Maybe: Shirley Jackson's The Sundial

The Sundial
By Shirley Jackson

Even coming from Shirley Jackson—a writer known for her strange stories—The Sundial feels a bit inscrutable. The novel, Jackson’s fourth, deals with the Hallorans, a wealthy and fairly unpleasant family living on a large estate, ruled over by the power-hungry matriarch Orianna. 400 more words


We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, 1962

Published by Penguin Books

First paragraph: “My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. 543 more words


A great sentence that might be a story in itself

“‘God has given me blood to drink,’ she said to the nurse, and the nurse said, ‘Don’t rinse your mouth or it won’t clot.'”

—“The Tooth,” by Shirley Jackson