Jessica S. Manuel

Jessica S. Manuel is a reader, writer, and college professor. Her work explores the intersections of contemporary theories and philosophies with classic and contemporary literature. She earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory and a minor in Theological Studies from The Master's University. She went on to earn her M.A. in English (Literature) from San Francisco State University where she studied 19th-20th Century Literatures with a special studies emphasis in Critical Theory. After examining the intersections of psychoanalysis and contemporary literature, she wrote her thesis on Haruki Murakami's use of the unconscious in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. After earning her M.A., she continued her education at University of California, San Diego where she studied and earned certificates in teaching adult learners, literature, and online teaching and learning. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. Jessica offers online adult literature courses and reading groups for life-long learners through Book Oblivion Academy and also teaches writing and literature courses at the college level.

How to Achieve Your Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2016

My heart breaks every time someone tells me they don’t have time to read. I believe most people don’t lack time, but imagination. We all live busy lives, but that doesn’t mean we just give up growing intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and okay, okay, you get the point. Reading is the water and the sunlight …

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One Sentence Reviews of the Best Reads of 2015

Life is short. Read fast. The following books are the best I’ve read all year. And if you missed it, check out 2014’s books here.  Professional Development: Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom by John C. Bean and Maryellen Weimer Whether you are a writing …

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