Baking bread is a big symbol in the novel--the association with the narrator's mother, the return to the simple life, and the associate with the narrator's beginnings with Amanda. Have a student choose a bread recipe and bake it at home. They will detail the bread-making process in a step-by-step description, then bring the finished product in for the class.
Jay McInerney Biography
Not many novels are written in second person, and the tone of the novel strongly suggests that the author has personal experiences similar to the work. Research Jay McInerney's and look for parallels between McInerney and the narrator. Present your findings in a three to five page research paper, and a large timeline as a visual aid for the class. The timeline can be from poster board to PowerPoint, whatever resources the students have available.
Research 1980s New York City
The social and...
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