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Cool, Calm & Contentious: Essays

By Merrill Markoe

“This is so good written. [When a booklet like this] comes alongside, it’s, like, ‘Thank you!’ What an effective way to spend a day, a night, examining those essays. . . . completely great.”—Jon Stewart
 
“[Merrill] Markoe is definitely as humorous as David Sedaris. She’s able to manic riffs and acerbic skewering. nonetheless, her strong nature shines through.”—The Washington Post
 
during this hilarious number of candid essays, together with items new to this variation, New York Times bestselling writer Merrill Markoe unearths a lot approximately her own life—as good because the mystery formulation for comedy: commence with a tricky mom, enhance a few vintage teenage insecurities, upload a couple of relationships with narcissistic males, toss in an unruly pack of egocentric canines, end it off with the type of crystalline viewpoint that basically comes from years of navigating a roiling sea of disagreeable and unappeasable humans, and—voilà—you’re humorous! Cool, Calm & Contentious is sincere, unapologetic, occasionally heartbreaking, yet constantly shot via with Merrill Markoe’s biting, bracing wit.
 
“This has been an exceptional 12 months for humorous ladies. . . . Let’s name Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling shows A and B. either owe a debt to people who got here prior to, together with Merrill Markoe.”—The Boston Globe
 
“Markoe’s aim is to discover the absurdity in lifestyle. That, coupled along with her sharp wit, makes her writing sublime.”—BookPage
 
“Laugh-out-loud humor.”—Tampa Bay Times
 
“Not simply crazy-funny, yet crazy-heartbreaking.”—The manhattan Times

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Several Strangers: Writing from Three Decades

By Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin is better identified for a sequence of acclaimed biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mrs Jordan, Katherine Mansfield, Dickens's mistress Nelly Ternan and, such a lot lately, Jane Austen. yet she has additionally labored as a writer, critic and journalist, and he or she stories and announces accrued listed below are from 3 a long time as a literary journalist. Their matters diversity from women's heritage to trendy fiction, letters and biographies of the nice - Dickens, Hardy, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath - to extra imprecise yet no much less interesting figures resembling Dame Ethel Smyth ("Ancient Mariner" and "Belle Dame Sans Merci" rolled into one) and Edith Nesbit, who controlled to maintain 3 families going and to put in writing the various richest and such a lot long-lasting kid's books. In 3 introductory essays to the most sections of the ebook, Claire Tomalin describes her personal occupation, which all started in London in the course of the fifties and integrated a interval as literary editor of the hot Statesman after which of the Sunday occasions, at a time whilst either one of those papers have been rather shiny and artistic. the result's a vibrant portrait of the literary scene over these a long time and likewise a candid account of a woman's specialist lifestyles - the way it all started within the male-dominated place of work of London publishing, and the way family members calls for and situations propelled and formed it. within the first essay Claire Tomalin notes that Jane Austen wrote "Seven years...are sufficient to alter each pore of one's epidermis, and each feeling of one's mind". "Several Strangers" generally combines a private openness with a variety of literary sympathies to painting the improvement of a literary profession and a continual fascination with books and writers.

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Lapham's Quarterly: The Future (Fall 2011)

Lapham’s Quarterly embodies the assumption that heritage is the foundation of all schooling, clinical and literary in addition to political and financial. each one factor addresses a subject matter of present curiosity and concern—war, faith, cash, drugs, nature, crime—by mentioning to the microphone of the current the recommendation and information of the past.

The texts are drawn from authors at the order of Aristotle, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Thucydides, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Edward Gibbon, Mahatma Gandhi, Confucius, Honoré de Balzac, Jane Austen, Jorge Luis Borges, Matsuo Bashō, Henry David Thoreau, and Joan Didion. Abridged instead of paraphrased, not one of the textual content within the Quarterly runs to a size longer than six pages, others not more than six paragraphs. including passages from the world’s nice literature, each one factor deals full-color reproductions of work and sculpture by way of the world’s nice artists. The connecting of the then with the now could be additional augmented with the testimony present in the letters, speeches, diaries, and pictures, in five-act performs and three-part songs.

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Philosophical Essays

By Bertrand Russell

This selection of essays dates from the 1st decade of this century, and marks a major interval within the evolution of Bertrand Russell's idea. Now to be had in paperback for the 1st time, they reveal all of Russell's readability, incisiveness and brilliance of exposition, relatively on issues of ethics and the character of fact. Russell meant the gathering `to attract those that take an curiosity in philosophical questions with no need had a qualified education in philosophy' - these humans will locate those writings simply as illuminating this day.

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The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy

Katniss Everdeen’s adventures can have come to an finish, yet her tale keeps to blaze within the hearts of thousands worldwide.

In The lady Who was once on Fire, 13 YA authors take you again to Panem with relocating, darkish, and humorous items on Katniss, the video games, Gale and Peeta, truth television, survival, and extra. From the trilogy's darker subject matters of violence and social regulate to type and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the starvation video games unearths precisely how wealthy, and the way perilous, protagonist Katniss’ international fairly is.

• How does the way in which the video games have an effect on the mind clarify Haymitch’s ingesting, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?
• What does the uprising have in universal with the battle on Terror?
• Why isn’t the reply to “Peeta or Gale?” as attention-grabbing because the query itself?
• What may still Panem have discovered from the fates of different hedonistic societies all through history—and what can we?

The lady Who used to be On Fire covers all 3 books within the starvation video games trilogy.

CONTRIBUTORS: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston, Sarah Darer Littman

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Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays

By Mary Oliver

Inside of those pages Mary Oliver collects twenty-six of her poems in regards to the birds which were such a major a part of her life-hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows and, in fact, the snowy owl, between a dozen others-including ten poems that experience by no means prior to been accrued. She provides fantastically crafted essays, "Owls," chosen for the easiest American Essays sequence, and "Bird," a brand new essay that would absolutely take its position one of the classics of the genre.

In the phrases of the poet Stanley Kunitz, "Mary Oliver's poetry is okay and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her unique present is to attach us with our assets within the flora and fauna, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations."

For a person who values poetry and essays, for somebody who cares approximately birds, Owls and different Fantasies can be a valuable reward; in the event you love either, it is going to be crucial interpreting.

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The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History

By Stephen Jay Gould

"Gould himself is a unprecedented and lovely animal—a member of the endangered species often called the ruby-throated polymath. . . . [He] is a number one theorist on large-scale styles in evolution . . . [and] one of many sharpest and so much humane thinkers within the sciences." --David Quammen, New York instances publication Review

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The Balkan Express: Fragments from the Other Side of War

By Slavenka Drakulic

In a sequence of gorgeous, impassioned essays, Croatian journalist and feminist Drakulic presents a truly genuine and human part to the Balkans struggle and indicates how the clash has affected her closest pals, colleagues, and fellow countrymen--both Serbian and Croatian. contains 5 new essays now not within the hardcover version.

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