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The Fragility of Masculinity

The Fragility of Masculinity:

Revolutionary Road Characterizes the Fracturing of the Male Identity in the 1950s

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates takes place in 1955, in the
suburbs of America, and examines the inner life of an unhappily married, middle-class couple—Frank and April Wheeler.  This novel highlights some of the key issues of this era; including the need for perfection within the American family, the shift to life in the suburbs, as well as the changing face of masculinity. Throughout the story, Frank purports to disdain the traditional American suburban lifestyle: where each family is expected to be identical, they dress the same, live in the same style of home, do the same things, and each aims to appear perfect. However, his outward contempt is actually a camouflage to hide his lack of confidence in his own masculinity and deflects his fear—his inability to fulfill his role as a man within the traditional family. Frank is insecure about his own manliness, but he is not experiencing this doubt in isolation; instead his reactions and responses reflect the prevalent uncertainty about masculinity during this post-war era. The suburban lifestyle and male expectations were encapsulated in television shows during this time with the longest running show being
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Both Frank’s and Ozzie’s struggles with their masculinity embody the changing face of masculinity in the 1950s.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet epitomize the lifestyle that Frank scorns because they depict the perfect, traditional, conservative American family where everyone appears happy. Continue reading The Fragility of Masculinity

The School of Essential Ingredients is the next book in the Online Book Club

Welcome all book lovers to our Online Book Club

 Today at Find The Treasure, our Online Book club, we start reading a new book, The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. Our Focus is on uplifting books and The School of Essential Ingredients looks as though it will have some great tales about food, dreams and hope.

To Join our discussion, please click on the page tab on the right. Find the Treasure – Online Book Forum, and then click on “The School of Essential Ingredients

or just click on this link

We hope you join us and we look forward to hearing all your comments and feedback.


Editorial Reviews from Amazon

From Publishers Weekly

In this remarkable debut, Bauermeister creates a captivating world where the pleasures and particulars of sophisticated food come to mean much more than simple epicurean indulgence. Respected chef and restaurateur Lillian has spent much of her 30-something years in the kitchen, looking for meaning and satisfaction in evocative, delicious combinations of ingredients. Endeavoring to instill that love and know-how in others, Lillian holds a season of Monday evening cooking classes in her restaurant. The novel takes up the story of each of her students, navigating readers through the personal dramas, memories and musings stirred up as the characters handle, slice, chop, blend, smell and taste. Each student’s affecting story—painful transitions, difficult choices—is rendered in vivid prose and woven together with confidence. Delivering memorable story lines and characters while seducing the senses, Bauermeister’s tale of food and hope is certain to satisfy. (Jan.)
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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

Treasure or Trash? Book Review Rating

Book Review: Yet To Be Determined
Publisher: Little Brown (September 27, 2012), Print Length: 512 pages, ASIN: B007THA4FI

J. K. Rowlings  new book: The Casual Vacancy, is going to be released on September 27. This book will be something completely different from anything she has previously written, and it is going to be available in a variety of formats. Can she successfully make the move from young adult fantasy to black comedy/adult drama?  Time will only tell, but if the cover is any example, it seems unlikely.  However, you cannot always judge a book by its cover.

J. K. Rowlings is the author of the beloved Harry Potter series.  From these books and movies she has earned millions, so it is surprising that she would want to risk publishing a new novel in a completely different genre.  She certainly doesn’t need the money, but perhaps she just loves to write. I enjoyed her writing and storytelling in the Harry Potter series; faithfully reading all 7 of the books as they were released. I can understand why she would would want to switch genres, perhaps she has written all she has concerning fantasy.

Following are the details about the new book directly from J.K. Rowlings site,

Little, Brown announces details of J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Publication date 27th September 2012 (UK & US)

This little snippet sounds interesting, but it also sounds a bit nasty with neighbor at war with neighbor. I guess this is where the black comedy comes into play.  I can also understand the meaning of the book cover, since the story appears to revolve around an election for a seat on the council.  It will be tempting to read and find out who these characters are and whether their lives are worth concern.

However, before I spend my time and money reading this new book I want to obtain more information. I would like to access a preview of the book, but currently none are available. I would love to get a feel for the writing and of course I would also like to read some reviews so if anyone knows of any please let me know.

Interesting enough, as of September 9, this book has been one of Amazon’s top 100 sellers for 79 days and it is currently #9. So it appears that many people are anxiously awaiting this new release.  I am curious to find out if this book has merit.

Questions to ponder:

Can she successfully make the move into a completely different genre?

Should she be attempting something new or should she continue to bask in her previous successes?

Did anyone not enjoy reading the Harry Potter novels, and if not why not?

Please feel free to add your comments and let us know what you think.


To Preorder: “The Casual Vacancy” from Amazon, click here or on picture above

New Online Book Club

We are starting a new, exciting online book club with a focus on uplifting novels.  This book club is only for book lovers, so if that is you, be sure to be a part of this exciting new club.

Check out and contribute on our page: Find the Treasure – Online Book Club Forum

We want to hear from you!

Our first book is Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and we will start reading it together from September 20 to October 31

This is an awesome opportunity to read and talk about good uplifting books

We hope to see you stop by our forum and let us know what you think about the book; before, during and after reading



We have started thinking about what book to read next a few we are considering are Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and Easy by Tammara Webber.  If there are any books you want us to add just let us know. Vote on our poll and let us know what you want to read.




Deirdra from A story book world has interviewed the author of

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Deirdra: How do you feel about e-books?  I love reading books on my e-reader because I find it so convenient. I can carry any number of books on a fairly small device.  I also really enjoy listening to audio books.  That way I can get my read on, while I drive, exercise or do housework.
Deirdra: What kind of books are you looking to read next? What is on your reading list?  I have several new authors who have asked me to read and review their novels. I am also looking forward to the final installment in the “Wheel of Time” and I plan to read “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett.
Deirdra: Is there any other message you would like to give the literary community?  Thank you for putting your heart and soul into creating more literature for the world to enjoy. Please stop by and drop me a note, I would love to hear from you.


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Wheel of Time Series – some Hummms?

This entry is part [part not set] of 12 in the series The Wheel of Time

I was wondering what is the point of the Darkfriends and the Forsaken.  Why would anyone want to help the Dark One if the reward is everlasting life in a world created by the Dark One.  Just look at the Blight, who would want to live like that? Also, if you disappoint the Dark One, then you are made to suffer for ever after, is it worth it? I don’t think so.