II. While Reading Activities: Word Inference
- stillbirth |ˈstilˌbərTH| noun-the birth of an infant that has died in the womb (strictly, after having survived through at least the first 28 weeks of pregnancy).
- conceive |kənˈsēv| verb-become pregnant with (a child): he was conceived when her mother was 35.
- devastate |ˈdevəˌstāt| verb-destroy or ruin (something): the city was devastated by a huge earthquake.
- solar plexus |ˈpleksəs| noun-a complex of ganglia and radiating nerves of the sympathetic system at the pit of the stomach.
- accompany |əˈkəmp(ə)nē| verb- (accompanies, accompanying, accompanied) [ with obj. ] provide (something) as a complement or addition to something else: home-cooked ham accompanied by brown bread.
- iconic |īˈkänik| adjective-of, relating to, or of the nature of an icon: language is not in general an iconic sign system.
- lullaby |ˈlələˌbī| noun (pl. lullabies)-a quiet, gentle song sung to send a child to sleep.
- genre |ˈZHänrə| noun-a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
- unconditional |ˌənkənˈdiSHənl, -ˈdiSHnəl| adjective-not subject to any conditions: unconditional surrender.
- stroke |strōk| noun-a sudden disabling attack or loss of consciousness caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain, esp. through thrombosis.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
He retired from storytelling after he suffered a stroke in 2008 and says he now finds himself relating to the mother in Love You Forever when she’s old and sick at the end of the story.
He’s still proud of the book, not only because it’s his most successful, but because he hopes it offers solace for others just as it did for him. For someone who picks up the book, it’s their story, not mine.