A Confederacy of Dunces

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : John Kennedy Toole
  • ISBN : 9780802197627
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Number of Pages : 416
  • Readers : 9186

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue.”—The New York Times Book Review A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole's hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures" (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times).

The Neon Bible

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : John Kennedy Toole
  • ISBN : 0802197329
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Number of Pages : 178
  • Readers : 2373

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: “A moving evocation of the small-town South in the mid-twentieth century” that “belongs on the shelf with the works of Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and Eudora Welty” (Orlando Sentinel). John Kennedy Toole—who won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling comic masterpiece A Confederacy of Dunces—wrote The Neon Bible for a literary contest at the age of sixteen. The manuscript languished in a drawer and became the subject of a legal battle among Toole’s heirs. It was only in 1989, thirty-five years after it was written and twenty years after Toole’s suicide at thirty-one, that this amazingly accomplished and evocative novel was freed for publication. “Heartfelt emotion, communicated in clean direct prose . . . a remarkable achievement.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “John Kennedy Toole’s tender, nostalgic side is as brilliantly effective as his corrosive satire. If you liked To Kill A Mockingbird you will love The Neon Bible.” —Florence King “Shockingly mature. . . . Even at sixteen, Toole knew that the way to write about complex emotions is to express them simply.” —Kerry Luft, Chicago Tribune

Butterfly in the Typewriter

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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Author : Cory MacLauchlin
  • ISBN : 0306821044
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Number of Pages : 352
  • Readers : 2463

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: "The saga of John Kennedy Toole is one of the greatest stories of American literary history. After writing A Confederacy of Dunces, Toole corresponded with Robert Gottlieb of Simon & Schuster for two years. Exhausted from Gottlieb's suggested revisions, Toole declared the publication of the manuscript hopeless and stored it in a box. Years later he suffered a mental breakdown, took a two-month journey across the United States, and finally committed suicide on an inconspicuous road outside of Biloxi. Following the funeral, Toole's mother discovered the manuscript. After many rejections, she cornered Walker Percy, who found it a brilliant novel and spearheaded its publication. In 1981, twelve years after the author's death, A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize. In Butterfly in the Typewriter, Cory MacLauchlin draws on scores of new interviews with friends, family, and colleagues as well as full access to the extensive Toole archive at Tulane University, capturing his upbringing in New Orleans, his years in New York City, his frenzy of writing in Puerto Rico, his return to his beloved city, and his descent into paranoia and depression"--

A Fraction of the Whole

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Steve Toltz
  • ISBN : 0307373746
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Number of Pages : 576
  • Readers : 9141

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: With rights sold around the world, this irreverent comic adventure spanning three continents is poised to be one of the most talked about fiction débuts of the year. A Fraction of the Whole marks the arrival of an ambitious new writer who deftly mixes humour, surprise, and astute observations of the human condition to create a novel that entertains, scandalizes, and enlightens. Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything – from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs versus brothels. Now that he’s dead, his son Jasper can fully reflect on the man who raised him in intellectual captivity. As he recollects the extraordinary events that led to his father’s demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries – about his infamous and long dead criminal uncle, his tortured and mysteriously absent European mother, and Martin’s constant losing battle to make a lasting impression on the world. It’s a story that takes them from the Australian bush to the cafés of bohemian Paris, from the Thai jungle to labyrinths, mental hospitals, and criminal lairs, from the highs of first love to the lows of rejection and failed ambition. The result is an uproarious indictment of the ridiculousness of the modern world and its mores, and the moving, memorable story of a father and son whose spiritual symmetry transcends all their many shortcomings. I spent the next day staring into empty space. I get a lot of joy out of air, and if sunlight hits the floating specs of dust so you see the whirling dance of atoms, so much the better. During the day, Dad breezed in and out of my room and clicked his tongue, which in our family meant: ‘You’re an idiot.’ In the afternoon, he came back in with a loaded grin. He had a brilliant idea, and couldn’t wait to tell me about it. It had suddenly occurred to him to throw me out of the house, and what did I think of his brainwave? I told him I was concerned about him eating all his meals alone because the clinking of cutlery on a plate echoing through an empty house is one of the top five depressing noises of all time. --from A Fraction of the Whole

The One-Eyed Man

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Ron Currie
  • ISBN : 0735222800
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Readers : 3252

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: From the “startlingly talented” (New York Times) author of Everything Matters!—a bold and timely novel about a grieving man dedicated to unmasking the role that lies and delusions play in our reactionary times "Nobody writing today walks the knife edge of cynicism and sentiment more bravely, intelligently and confidently than Ron Currie. By turns hilarious and heartfelt, The One-Eyed Man is a revelation, a wonder." --Richard Russo “Dark, tender, and oh-so-timely.” – USA Today Ron Currie’s three previous works of fiction have dazzled readers and critics alike with their originality, audacity, and psychological insight. A writer of unique vision and huge imagination, Currie excels at creating complex, troubled, yet endearing characters, and his work has won comparison to everyone from Kurt Vonnegut to George Saunders. K., the narrator of Currie’s new novel, joins the ranks of other great American literary creations who show us something new about ourselves. Like Jack Gladney from White Noise, K. is possessed of a hyper-articulate exasperation with the world, and like Ignatius J. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces, he is a doomed truth teller whom everyone misunderstands. After his wife Sarah dies, K.becomes so wedded to the notion of clarity that he infuriates friends and strangers alike. When he intervenes in an armed robbery, K. finds himself both an inadvertent hero and the star of a new reality television program. Together with Claire, a grocery store clerk with a sharp tongue and a yen for celebrity, he travels the country, ruffling feathers and gaining fame at the intersection of American politics and entertainment. But soon he discovers that the world will fight viciously to preserve its delusions about itself. How Currie's unconventional hero comes to find peace, to reenter the world, and to be touched again by emotion and empathy makes for a dramatic, utterly memorable story.

Ship of Fools

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Katherine Anne Porter
  • ISBN : 1504003535
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Number of Pages : 503
  • Readers : 5218

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This “dazzling” National Book Award finalist set aboard an ocean liner in 1931 reflects the passions and prejudices that sparked World War II (San Francisco Chronicle). August 1931. An ocean liner bound for Germany sets out from the Mexican port city of Veracruz. The ship’s first-class passengers include an idealistic young American painter and her lover; a Spanish dance troupe with a sideline in larceny; an elderly German couple and their fat, seasick bulldog; and a boisterous band of Cuban medical students. As the Vera journeys across the Atlantic, the incidents and intrigues of several dozen passengers and crew members come into razor-sharp focus. The result is a richly drawn portrait of the human condition in all its complexity and a mesmerizing snapshot of a world drifting toward disaster. Written over a span of twenty years and based on the diary Katherine Anne Porter kept during a similar ocean voyage, Ship of Fools was the bestselling novel of 1962 and the inspiration for an Academy Award–winning film starring Vivien Leigh. It is a masterpiece of American literature as captivating today as when it was first published more than a half century ago. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Anne Porter, including rare photos from the University of Maryland Libraries.

Light House: A Trifle

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : William Monahan
  • ISBN : 1623730104
  • Publisher : Odyssey Editions
  • Number of Pages : 223
  • Readers : 4953

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A hilarious farce, in which a coastal New England hotel, the reader’s expectations, and possibly The Novel itself, are turned inside out by an outrageous cast of characters, a mutinous Author, and the onset of a disastrous storm.

A Treatise of Human Nature

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  • Category : Philosophy
  • Author : David Hume
  • ISBN : 014190464X
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Number of Pages : 688
  • Readers : 8232

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: One of the most significant works of Western philosophy, Hume's Treatise was published in 1739-40, before he was thirty years old. A pinnacle of English empiricism, it is a comprehensive attempt to apply scientific methods of observation to a study of human nature, and a vigorous attack upon the principles of traditional metaphysical thought. With masterly eloquence, Hume denies the immortality of the soul and the reality of space; considers the manner in which we form concepts of identity, cause and effect; and speculates upon the nature of freedom, virtue and emotion. Opposed both to metaphysics and to rationalism, Hume's philosophy of informed scepticism sees man not as a religious creation, nor as a machine, but as a creature dominated by sentiment, passion and appetite.

Ride a Cockhorse

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Raymond Kennedy
  • ISBN : 1590175042
  • Publisher : New York Review of Books
  • Number of Pages : 328
  • Readers : 7517

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A revolution is under way at a once sleepy New England bank. Forty-five-year-old Frances Fitzgibbons has gone from sweet-tempered loan officer to insatiable force of nature almost overnight. Suddenly she’s brazenly seducing the high-school drum major, taking over her boss’s office, firing anyone who crosses her, inspiring populist fervor, and publicly announcing plans to crush her local rivals en route to dominating the entire banking industry in the northeast. The terrifying new order instituted by Frankie and her offbeat goon squad (led by her devoted hairdresser and including her own son-in-law) is an awesome spectacle to behold. Brimming with snappy dialogue and gleeful obscenity, Ride a Cockhorse is a rollicking cautionary tale of small-town demagoguery that might be seen to prefigure both America’s current financial woes and the rise of Sarah Palin. Frances is in any case a beautiful monster of an antiheroine—resist her at your peril!

There There

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Tommy Orange
  • ISBN : 077107302X
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Number of Pages : 256
  • Readers : 2415

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Here is a voice we have never heard--a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss. Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking, There There is a relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. An unforgettable debut.

Whale Music

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Paul Quarrington
  • ISBN : 0307364100
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 6892

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Des Howell is a former rock 'n' roll star who never leaves his secluded oceanfront mansion. Naked, rich and fabulously deranged, he subsists on a steady diet of whiskey, pharmaceuticals and jelly doughnuts and occasionally works on his masterpiece, "Whale Music." One day, upon awakening from his usual drunken stupor, Des discovers on his sofa a young alien from the faraway universe of Toronto. This girl has made the trek to Des' hideaway because she believes in the "Whale Music" and she's crazy enough to think that Des can make a comeback hit with his mad magnum opus--

A Strangeness in My Mind

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Orhan Pamuk
  • ISBN : 0307361284
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Number of Pages : 528
  • Readers : 1642

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: From one of our greatest, a panoramic new novel, his first since Museum of Innocence, bringing us into Istanbul's underground through the eyes of a struggling street vendor. Mevlut, an Istanbul street vendor, has spent his whole life selling a local alcoholic drink. It is the 1990s, and although there were once thousands of boza vendors walking the frozen streets of the city, Mevlut now cuts a lonely figure on snowy winter nights. Falling deeply into debt, and desperate to marry off his incompetent son and satisfy his mistress, Mevlut turns to his old friend Ferhat, who collects payments on electric bills. The partners traverse the back streets of middle class neighbourhoods and shantytowns, venture into flats, shops and restaurants of the poor, relishing their power to punish cheaters and collect bribes. The dangers of Instanbul's underbelly eventually catch up with Mevlut, and he is attacked by a pack of dogs, hospitalized, robbed by bandits and beaten and threatened at every turn. Istanbul is exposed as a city with a rich and dynamic underground culture which seeps into its secular business centres and mainstream society. Mevlut serves as a flighty guide, occasionally attuned to the city's nuances, but with a wild imagination and insticts tainted by desperation.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content)

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Michael Chabon
  • ISBN : 0812993675
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Number of Pages : 704
  • Readers : 8189

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The epic, beloved novel of two boy geniuses dreaming up superheroes in New York’s Golden Age of comics, now with special bonus material by the author—soon to be a Showtime limited series “It's absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal—smart, funny, and a continual pleasure to read.”—The Washington Post Book World Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly • Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age. Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Junot Díaz
  • ISBN : 110114730X
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 352
  • Readers : 9694

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more... Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

White Noise

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Don DeLillo
  • ISBN : 1440674477
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Readers : 1167

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over there lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys—the radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.

Considerations on Representative Government

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  • Category : Philosophy
  • Author : John Stuart Mill
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : VM eBooks
  • Number of Pages : 158
  • Readers : 7162

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Those who have done me the honor of reading my previous writings will probably receive no strong impression of novelty from the present volume; for the principles are those to which I have been working up during the greater part of my life, and most of the practical suggestions have been anticipated by others or by myself. There is novelty, however, in the fact of bringing them together, and exhibiting them in their connection, and also, I believe, in much that is brought forward in their support. Several of the opinions at all events, if not new, are for the present as little likely to meet with general acceptance as if they were. It seems to me, however, from various indications, and from none more than the recent debates on Reform of Parliament, that both Conservatives and Liberals (if I may continue to call them what they still call themselves) have lost confidence in the political creeds which they nominally profess, while neither side appears to have made any progress in providing itself with a better. Yet such a better doctrine must be possible; not a mere compromise, by splitting the difference between the two, but something wider than either, which, in virtue of its superior comprehensiveness, might be adopted by either Liberal or Conservative without renouncing any thing which he really feels to be valuable in his own creed. When so many feel obscurely the want of such a doctrine, and so few even flatter themselves that they have attained it, any one may without presumption, offer what his own thoughts, and the best that he knows of those of others, are able to contribute towards its formation.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Douglas Adams
  • ISBN : 0330514180
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Number of Pages : 256
  • Readers : 6050

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is a much-loved cult classic, that has spawned radio dramas, television, theatre and comic book adaptations across the globe. What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over two hundred years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common? Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unravelling a mysterious mystery, and eating a lot of pizza – not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge). To find out more, read this book (better still, buy it then read it) – or contact Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. 'A thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic' - Douglas Adams. Continue this surreal series with The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul and the unfinished The Salmon of Doubt.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Author : Hunter S. Thompson
  • ISBN : 030774406X
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 4388

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: 50th Anniversary Edition • With an introduction by Caity Weaver, acclaimed New York Times journalist This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

A Home Called New England

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Duo Dickinson,Steve Culpepper
  • ISBN : 1493019163
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 4638

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: New England is the oldest and most influential region of America. Although it has changed much through the centuries, it remains a place that even the Colonials may still recognize. Through a collection of photos, illustrations, history, and stories, this book explores the architectural history of New England and how, although it has changed much through the centuries, it remains a place that even the Colonials might still recognize. The book begins with the influence of climate and geography on the architectural choices and follows with the basics of the well-known New England homes––the cape, the saltbox, the colonial––all of which were created to serve the very specific needs of this corner of America, the people, the land and the climate. We look at the earliest settlers, understanding the challenges they faced, and follow their descendants as they convert and adapt the traditional New England home into something still clearly New England but different, newer and, ultimately, even modern. We watch how the people and houses evolve and how they become what are still clearly identifiable as New England––and all over New England, from Connecticut’s Gold Coast to the rocky shores of Maine. Sprinkled throughout the story of this evolution are sidebars such as A New England State of Mind and I Live Here, etc… where we meet the quintessential New England personalities and characters, who speak through letters, epitaphs, remembrances, books, newspapers, and others, and hear and see in their own words and images what they make or made of this place and life in it. People who buy this book will enjoy a very visual sense of what it’s like to be a New Englander and what it’s like to live in New England––whose houses have been copied and adapted in every state, city and neighborhood of America.

The First Five Pages

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  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author : Noah Lukeman
  • ISBN : 9781451623734
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Number of Pages : 208
  • Readers : 7619

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: IF YOU'RE TIRED OF REJECTION, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it's the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it's the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages. The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as * A weak opening hook * Overuse of adjectives and adverbs * Flat or forced metaphors or similes * Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue * Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings * Uneven pacing and lack of progression With exercises at the end of each chapter, this invaluable reference will allow novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters alike to improve their technique as they learn to eliminate even the most subtle mistakes that are cause for rejection. The First Five Pages will help writers at every stage take their art to a higher -- and more successful -- level.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • ISBN : 1504045653
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Number of Pages : 361
  • Readers : 3054

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The “dazzling” and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of South and West and The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times). Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from one of American literature’s most distinctive prose stylists is a modern classic. In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award–winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the “misplaced children” dropping acid in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer. She paints indelible portraits of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and folk singer Joan Baez, “a personality before she was entirely a person,” and takes readers on eye-opening journeys to Death Valley, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, “the most extreme and allegorical of American settlements.” First published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been heralded by the New York Times Book Review as “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” and named to Time magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books. It is the definitive account of a terrifying and transformative decade in American history whose discordant reverberations continue to sound a half-century later.

The Russian Debutante's Handbook

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Gary Shteyngart
  • ISBN : 1101218525
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 496
  • Readers : 5044

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A visionary novel from the author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure. The Russian Debutante's Handbook introduces Vladimir Girshkin, one of the most original and unlikely heroes of recent times. The twenty-five-year-old unhappy lover to a fat dungeon mistress, affectionately nicknamed "Little Failure" by his high-achieving mother, Vladimir toils his days away as a lowly clerk at the bureaucratic Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society. When a wealthy but psychotic old Russian war hero appears, Vladimir embarks on an adventure of unrelenting lunacy that takes us from New York's Lower East Side to the hip frontier wilderness of Prava--the Eastern European Paris of the nineties. With the help of a murderous but fun-loving Russian mafioso, Vladimir infiltrates the Prava expat community and launches a scheme as ridiculous as it is brilliant. Bursting with wit, humor, and rare insight, The Russian Debutante's Handbook is both a highly imaginative romp and a serious exploration of what it means to be an immigrant in America.

Say Nothing

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  • Category : True Crime
  • Author : Patrick Radden Keefe
  • ISBN : 0385543379
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Number of Pages : 464
  • Readers : 6752

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Empire of Pain—a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions "Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book—as finely paced as a novel—Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga." —New York Times Book Review Jean McConville's abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish. Look for Patrick Radden Keefe's latest bestseller, Empire of Pain

The Countess

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Rebecca Johns
  • ISBN : 0307588475
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Readers : 2862

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Was the “Blood Countess” history’s first and perhaps worst female serial killer? Or did her accusers create a violent fiction in order to remove this beautiful, intelligent, ambitious foe from the male-dominated world of Hungarian politics? In 1611, Countess Erzsébet Báthory, a powerful Hungarian noblewoman, stood helpless as masons walled her inside her castle tower, dooming her to spend her final years in solitary confinement. Her crime: the gruesome murders of dozens of female servants, mostly young girls tortured to death for displeasing their ruthless mistress. Her opponents painted her as a bloodthirsty škrata—a witch—a portrayal that would expand to grotesque proportions through the centuries. In this riveting dramatization of Erzsébet Báthory’s life, the countess tells her story in her own words, writing to her only son—a final reckoning from his mother in an attempt to reveal the truth behind her downfall. Countess Báthory describes her upbringing in one of the most powerful noble houses in Hungary, recounting in loving detail her devotion to her parents and siblings as well as the heartbreak of losing her father at a young age. She soon discovers the price of being a woman in sixteenth-century Hungary as her mother arranges her marriage to Ferenc Nádasdy, a union made with the cold calculation of a financial transaction. Young Erzsébet knows she has no choice but to accept this marriage even as she laments its loveless nature and ultimately turns to the illicit affections of another man. Seemingly resigned to a marriage of convenience and a life of surreptitious pleasure, the countess surprises even herself as she ignites a marital spark with Ferenc through the most unromantic of acts: the violent punishment of an insolent female servant. The event shows Ferenc that his wife is no trophy but a strong, determined woman more than capable of managing their vast estates during Ferenc’s extensive military campaigns against the Turks. Her naked assertion of power accomplishes what her famed beauty could not: capturing the love of her husband. The countess embraces this new role of loving wife and mother, doing everything she can to expand her husband’s power and secure her family’s future. But a darker side surfaces as Countess Báthory’s demand for virtue, obedience, and, above all, respect from her servants takes a sinister turn. What emerges is not only a disturbing, unflinching portrait of the deeds that gave Báthory the moniker “Blood Countess,” but an intimate look at the woman who became a monster.

The Retreat of Western Liberalism

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  • Category : Political Science
  • Author : Edward Luce
  • ISBN : 0802188869
  • Publisher : Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Number of Pages : 226
  • Readers : 3894

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: An “insightful and harrowing” analysis of the state of Western-style democracy by the Financial Times columnist and author of Time to Start Thinking (The New York Times). In his widely acclaimed book Time to Start Thinking, Financial Times columnist Edward Luce charted the course of America’s economic and geopolitical decline, proving to be a prescient voice on the state of the nation. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of democratic liberalism—of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance toward society’s economic losers, and complacency about our system’s durability—attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. Combining on-the-ground reporting with economic analysis, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to protect them.

The Order of Odd-Fish

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : James Kennedy
  • ISBN : 0375848991
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Number of Pages : 416
  • Readers : 2561

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: JO LAROUCHE HAS lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily’s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever—and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City. There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same.

Fugitives and Refugees

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  • Category : Travel
  • Author : Chuck Palahniuk
  • ISBN : 0307420752
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Number of Pages : 176
  • Readers : 9977

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk’s tonsils currently reside? Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets? Curious about Chuck’s debut in an MTV music video? What goes on at the Scum Center? How do you get to the Apocalypse Café? In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love, Portland is the home of America’s “fugitives and refugees.” Get to know these folks, the “most cracked of the crackpots,” as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist. No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to “a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should’ve kept their mouths shut.” Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. Visit swingers’ sex clubs, gay and straight. See Frances Gabe’s famous 1940s Self-Cleaning House. Look into strange local customs like the I-Tit-a-Rod Race and the Santa Rampage. Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson. Get to know, I mean really get to know, the animals at the Portland zoo. Oh, the list goes on and on.

The Secret History

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Donna Tartt
  • ISBN : 0307765695
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Number of Pages : 544
  • Readers : 3784

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A contemporary literary classic and "an accomplished psychological thriller ... absolutely chilling" (Village Voice), from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

All Things Possible

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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Author : Andrew M. Cuomo
  • ISBN : 0062300091
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 528
  • Readers : 4457

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: In this frank memoir—a story of duty, family, justice, politics, and resilience—Andrew Cuomo, New York State's fifty-sixth governor, reflects on his rise, fall, and rise again in politics, and the tough (but necessary) lessons he has learned along the way. Born to first-generation American parents in the working-class neighborhood of Queens, New York, Andrew M. Cuomo grew up in a family anchored by a shared belief in community, hard and honest work, and helping others. His father, Mario, led by example, as a tireless advocate for local residents, instilling in his son a passion for public service. From stapling up posters as a sixteen-year-old during his father's first political campaign to managing at twenty-five Mario's successful 1982 bid for New York State governor, Andrew Cuomo witnessed at a young age the power of politics to effect change for the common good. These experiences, reinforced by deeply held personal values, guided him, from novice campaign manager to visionary reform crusader to Clinton cabinet member—at thirty-nine—to groundbreaking governor of his home state. Laying out his unique approach to challenging the status quo, All Things Possible is not a traditional political memoir, but rather one man's revelatory reflection on a life defined by a commitment to public service, and the hard-won truths gleaned from both his struggles and his successes. In recounting his uphill battles to redefine the way America deals with homelessness, rehabilitate the legislative process in Albany, and bring marriage equality to New York, Cuomo presents an inspiring blueprint for greater political cooperation and efficacy. He also unflinchingly examines his failed 2002 gubernatorial bid, which heralded a dark period of political and personal turmoil, to illustrate why failure is inextricably bound up with success, why we should never forget where we come from, and the importance of balancing personal and professional commitments. And he proves, through all that he's achieved since his victory in the 2010 election, that our biggest triumphs lie not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. With 16-pages of color and black and white photos

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Jonas Jonasson
  • ISBN : 1443431613
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 400
  • Readers : 8969

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A wildly picaresque new novel from Jonas Jonasson, author of the internationally bestselling The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Put to work at five years old and orphaned at ten, she quickly learns that the world expects nothing more from her than to die young, be it from drugs, alcohol or just plain despair. But Nombeko has grander plans. She learns to read and write, and at just fifteen, using her cunning and fearlessness, she makes it out of Soweto with millions of smuggled diamonds in her possession. Then things take a turn for the worse . . . Nombeko ends up the prisoner of an incompetent engineer in a research facility working on South Africa’s secret nuclear arsenal. Yet the unstoppable girl pulls off a daring escape to Sweden, where she meets twins named Holger One and Holger Two, who are carrying out a mission to bring down the Swedish monarchy . . . by any means necessary. Nombeko’s life ends up hopelessly intertwined with the lives of the twins, and when the twins arrange to kidnap the Swedish king and prime minister, it is up to our unlikely heroine to save the day—and possibly the world. In this wild romp, Jonasson tackles issues ranging from the pervasiveness of racism to the dangers of absolute power while telling a charming and hilarious story along the way. In the satirical voice that has earned him legions of fans the world over, Jonasson gives us another rollicking tale of how even the smallest of decisions can have sweeping—even global—consequences.

Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US

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  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author : Susan Tamasi,Lamont Antieau
  • ISBN : 1136579044
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Number of Pages : 400
  • Readers : 2116

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This highly engaging textbook presents a linguistic view of the history, society, and culture of the United States. It discusses the many languages and forms of language that have been used in the US – including standard and nonstandard forms of English, creoles, Native American languages, and immigrant languages from across the globe – and shows how this distribution and diversity of languages has helped shape and define America as well as an American identity. The volume introduces the basic concepts of sociolinguistics and the politics of language through cohesive, up-to-date and accessible coverage of such key topics as dialectal development and the role of English as the majority language, controversies concerning language use in society, languages other than English used in the US, and the policies that have directly or indirectly influenced language use. These topics are presented in such a way that students can examine the inherent diversity of the communicative systems used in the United States as both a form of cultural enrichment and as the basis for socio-political conflict. The author team outlines the different viewpoints on contemporary issues surrounding language in the US and contextualizes these issues within linguistic facts, to help students think critically and formulate logical discussions. To provide opportunities for further examination and debate, chapters are organized around key misconceptions or questions ("I don't have an accent" or "Immigrants don't want to learn English"), bringing them to the forefront for readers to address directly. Language and Linguistic Diversity in the US is a fresh and unique take on a widely taught topic. It is ideal for students from a variety of disciplines or with no prior knowledge of the field, and a useful text for introductory courses on language in the US, American English, language variation, language ideology, and sociolinguistics.

Values and Identities in Europe

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  • Category : Social Science
  • Author : Michael J. Breen
  • ISBN : 1315397129
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Number of Pages : 340
  • Readers : 9126

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Contrary to what is suggested in media and popular discourses, Europe is neither a monolithic entity nor simply a collection of nation states. It is, rather, a union of millions of individuals who differ from one another in a variety of ways while also sharing many characteristics associated with their ethnic, social, political, economic, religious or national characteristics. This book explores differences and similarities that exist in attitudes, beliefs and opinions on a range of issues across Europe. Drawing on the extensive data of the European Social Survey, it presents insightful analyses of social attitudes, organised around the themes of religious identity, political identity, family identity and social identity, together with a section on methodological issues. A collection of rigorously analysed studies on national, comparative and pan-European levels, Values and Identities in Europe offers insight into the heart and soul of Europe at a time of unprecedented change. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in social attitudes, social change in Europe, demographics and survey methods.

A Tradução de Variantes Dialetais: O Caso Camilleri

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  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author : Solange P.P. Carvalho
  • ISBN : 856838210X
  • Publisher : Editora Transitiva
  • Number of Pages : 200
  • Readers : 1461

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Neste livro, partindo da obra do escritor italiano Andrea Camilleri, a autora aborda teorias da tradução de variantes linguísticas em textos literários; apresenta uma reflexão sobre a linguagem de Camilleri e sua recepção na Itália; discute as estratégias usadas pelo autor para incluir em seus romances as variantes, seus diferentes tipos de uso e os problemas de tradução relacionados a elas, exemplifican-do e justificando as soluções encontradas por ela em sua pesquisa com trechos traduzidos de alguns romances e análise das estratégias empregadas, colocando também a tradução das referências teóri-cas usadas ao longo do texto. É, sem dúvida, uma leitura essencial para tradutores, estudantes e professores de Tradução que trabalham ou desejam trabalhar com textos literários.

Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments

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  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author : Kieran O'Halloran
  • ISBN : 1317223810
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Number of Pages : 354
  • Readers : 5165

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments: Corpora and Digitally-driven Critical Analysis presents a new and practical approach in Critical Discourse Studies. Providing a data-driven and ethically-based method for the examination of arguments in the public sphere, this ground-breaking book: Highlights how the reader can evaluate arguments from points of view other than their own; Demonstrates how digital tools can be used to generate ‘ethical subjectivities’ from large numbers of dissenting voices on the world-wide-web; Draws on ideas from posthumanist philosophy as well as from Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari for theorising these subjectivities; Showcases a critical deconstructive approach, using different corpus linguistic programs such as AntConc, WMatrix and Sketchengine. Posthumanism and Deconstructing Arguments is essential reading for lecturers and researchers with an interest in critical discourse studies, critical thinking, corpus linguistics and digital humanities.

Invisible Enemy

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  • Category : History
  • Author : Greta de Jong
  • ISBN : 1444320831
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Number of Pages : 256
  • Readers : 5572

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: This highly accessible account of the evolution of American racism outlines how ‘colorblind’ approaches to discrimination ensured the perpetuation of racial inequality in the United States well beyond the 1960s. A highly accessible account of the evolution of American racism, its perpetuation, and black people’s struggles for equality in the post-civil rights era Guides students to a better understanding of the experiences of black Americans and their ongoing struggles for justice, by highlighting the interconnectedness of African American history with that of the nation as a whole Highlights the economic and political functions that racism has served throughout the nation’s history Discusses the continuation of the freedom movement beyond the 1960s to provide a comprehensive new historiography of racial equality and social justice

Elementos del periodismo

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  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Author : Bill Kovash,Tom Rosenstiel
  • ISBN : 6078791214
  • Publisher : Libreria CIDE
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 8239

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: En la era de la revolución digital y la proliferación de nuevas plata-formas de comunicación, cualquier persona puede producir con-tenido informativo sobre un acontecimiento; periodistas y ciudadanos se encuentran cara a cara. Este libro pone énfasis en hablarle al público, no solo a los periodistas, nos acerca las herramientas que antes únicamente le pertenecían al gremio para conocerlas y entenderlas como un derecho y un deber que mejora la calidad de la información que todos comunicamos. Elementos del periodismo: Lo que los periodistas deben saber y el público debe esperar describe los desafíos y riesgos que enfrentan los principios fundamentales del periodismo, y ofrece maneras prácticas de responder a ellos. Es un texto profundo y, sin embargo, ligero; a un tiempo riguroso y amable, como el periodismo por el que aboga. Es un libro no solo actual sino vivo. Sus autores nunca lo han dado por terminado. En esta edición, Kovach y Rosenstiel incluyen temas que se volvieron prioritarios en las ediciones anteriores; también profundizan, amplían, introducen nuevos ángulos, entrevistan a más reporteros y periodistas, consultan estudios novedosos y confiables. Al hacerlo, demuestran que el periodismo es un aprendizaje constante pero que también acumula conocimiento.

저널리즘의 기본 원칙(개정 4판)

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  • Category : Political Science
  • Author : 빌 코바치,톰 로젠스틸
  • ISBN : 8957116184
  • Publisher : CommunicationBooks
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 8427

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: 언론 위기 시대, 언론인 위한 교과서 『저널리즘의 기본 원칙』 7년 만에 개정판 발간 저널리즘은 그동안 이 산업을 버텨준 광고수익 모델이 무너지며 심각한 위험을 마주하고 있다. 언론이 시민의 지지를 잃어가는 현상은 또 다른 위기다. 한국언론진흥재단(이사장 표완수)은 저널리즘 위기의 시대에 언론을 위한 지침을 담은 번역서 『저널리즘의 기본 원칙』(원제 The Elements of Journalism, 빌 코바치·톰 로젠스틸 저, 이재경 옮김) 개정 4판을 발간했다. 『저널리즘의 기본 원칙』은 미국 언론에서 100여 년에 걸쳐 만들어진 저널리즘 원칙을 정리한 현직 언론인과 예비 언론인의 필독서로 꼽히는 책이다. 이번 네 번째 개정판은 2001년 초판이 나온 이래 20년, 2014년 세 번째 개정판이 나온 지는 7년 만이다. 개정 4판은 저널리즘을 둘러싼 정치, 경제, 기술, 문화적 맥락의 급격한 변화상을 반영한다. 특히 디지털 기술이 미디어 환경을 급속히 바꾸고 새로운 매체를 만들어 내면서, 기존 매체들에서는 볼 수 없었던 새로운 매체와 인물들이 탄생했다. 4판에 새롭게 추가된 부분은 이렇게 새로 등장한 인물들과 그들이 시도하는 디지털 실험을 소개하는 내용이 중심을 이룬다. 특히 이들이 저널리즘의 핵심 원칙을 지켜내기 위해 변화하는 생태계에서 어떠한 노력을 하고, 그 노력이 언론 현장을 어떻게 긍정적으로 변화시키는지도 세밀하게 설명한다. 빌 코바치와 톰 로젠스틸은 이번 4판에서 저널리즘 환경과 관련한 세 개의 흐름을 특히 강조한다. 첫째는 세계 여러 나라에서 독재적 정치 지도자들이 민주주의와 언론의 자유를 겁박하는 현실이다. 미국의 트럼프 전 대통령, 필리핀의 두테르테, 러시아의 푸틴, 중국의 시진핑, 브라질의 볼소나로 등 정치 지도자들은 독단적 권력을 휘두르며 취재를 방해하고, 언론사와 기자를 협박하거나 가짜뉴스 생산자로 몰아붙인다. 저자들은 이들이 광범위하게 보급된 SNS를 활용해 다양한 방법으로 자기 권력의 이익을 위해 저널리즘을 압박해 왔다고 판단한다. 두 번째 흐름은 유튜브, 트위터, 페이스북 등 플랫폼 기업들의 부정적 역할이 강화되는 추세다. 저자들은 특히 플랫폼 기업들이 디지털 생태계의 정보유통 네트워크를 장악한 상태에서 이익 극대화를 위해 사람들을 끊임없이 소집단으로 쪼개는 행태를 걱정한다. 이는 각 개인의 특성과 집단의 성격에 맞춰서 광고를 팔기 위한 표적 마케팅 전략의 산물이다. 플랫폼 기업들은 이러한 방식으로 엄청난 수익을 챙겨 왔다는 것이 그들의 판단이다. 문제는 이러한 플랫폼 기업의 영업 전략이 공동체를 분리하고, 공중들 간의 대화를 단절시켜 결국 민주주의에 부정적인 영향을 미치는 결과로 이어진다는 점이다. 저자들이 주목하는 세 번째 흐름은 사회의 양극화, 의식의 극단화 추세다. 이는 특히 미국 사회의 경우, 트럼프 전 대통령의 영향이 크게 작용하고 있다는 것이 이들의 진단이다. 부족화라고도 표현되는 이 현상은 인종과 성별, 진보와 보수, 부자와 가난한 사람, 늙은이와 젊은이 등으로 사회가 쪼개지는 현상을 말하는데, 이 또한 민주주의의 기본 전제인 깨어 있는 시민들의 모임인 공중의 형성을 구조적으로 제약하는 요인으로 작동한다. 저자들은 “위기에 빠져있는 분야가 해야 할 첫 번째 과제는 그 분야를 초기부터 이끌어왔던 근본적인 가치들을 기억해 내는 일”이라고 말한다. 먼 나라 저널리즘이 처한 위기는 한국 저널리즘이 마주한 위기 크게 다르지 않다. 『저널리즘의 기본 원칙』은 한국 언론이 위기를 극복할 때 참고할 수 있는 가장 적절한 처방이 될 것이다.