Download Ellen Foster: A Novel by Kaye Gibbons PDF

By Kaye Gibbons

Winner of the yank Academy of Arts and Letters' Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation's quotation for Fiction.

An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable tale with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and unselfconscious heroism.

“The honesty of idea and eye and feeling and word!”--Eudora Welty;

“A beautiful, breathtaking, occasionally heart-wrenching first novel.”--Walker Percy.

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Download Closing Time: The Sequel to Catch-22 by Joseph Heller PDF

By Joseph Heller

A darkly comedian and impressive sequel to the yankee vintage Catch-22.

In Closing Time, Joseph Heller returns to the characters of Catch-22, now coming to the tip in their lives and the century, as is the complete iteration that fought in global warfare II: Yossarian and Milo Minderbinder, the chaplain, and such beginners as little Sammy Singer and massive Lew, all associated, in an uneasy peace and outdated age, struggling with no longer the Germans this time, however the finish. Closing Time deftly satirizes the realities and the myths of the United States within the part century because WWII: the absurdity of our politics, the decline of our society and our nice towns, the greed and hypocrisy of our company and tradition -- with a similar ferocious humor as Catch-22.

Closing Time is outrageously humorous and absolutely critical, and as tremendous and winning as Catch-22 itself, a fun-house reflect that captures, immediately grotesquely and adequately, the reality approximately ourselves.

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Download The Education of George Washington: How a forgotten book by Austin Washington PDF

By Austin Washington

George Washington—a guy of honor, bravery and management. he's often called America’s first President, a superb normal, and a humble gentleman, yet how did he develop into this guy of stature?

The schooling of George Washington solutions this query with a brand new discovery approximately his prior and the striking e-book that formed him. Who greater to unearth them than George Washington’s great-nephew, Austin Washington?

Most Washington lovers have heard of “The ideas of Civility” and discovered that this guided our first President. yet that’s now not the e-book that actually made George Washington who he was once. In The schooling of George Washington, Austin Washington finds the key that he came upon approximately Washington’s previous that explains his real version for behavior, honor, and leadership—an instance that shall we all use.

The schooling of George Washington additionally features a whole facsimile of the forgotten e-book that modified George Washington's lifestyles.

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Download ''Fallen from the Symboled World'': Precedents for the New by Wyatt Prunty PDF

By Wyatt Prunty

This learn evaluates determine and shape in modern poetry, specifically the powers of simile and simile-like buildings. reading the works of Nemerov, Wilbur, Bowers, Hecht, Justice, Cunningham, Bishop, Van Duyn, Hollander, Pack, Kennedy, Ammons, Creeley, and Wright, Prunty argues that doubts approximately language, the culture, and theistic assumptions embedded within the culture have made simile and numerous simile-like preparations into significant modes of concept. From Lowell's early curiosity within the "similitudo" and the "phantasm" of Gilson, to Husserl's "phantasies" and Heidegger's curiosity in similitude, to the use made by way of modern poets of simile, he exhibits that metaphor--together with slippage, mimicry, synaphea, conjunctions, anacoluthon, chiasmus, and different simile-like patternings--have confirmed to be extra reliable than image and allegory. in the course of the research, Prunty demonstrates that as uncertainty approximately language has replaced from a quandary of brain to a brand new mind set, simile and simile-like occurrences have supplied poetry with variational suggestion and constitutive power.

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Download Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever PDF

By Susan Cheever

Louisa might Alcott by no means meant to write down Little Women. She had pushed aside her publisher’s pleas for any such novel. Written out of necessity to aid her kin, the e-book had an staggering luck that modified her existence, a existence which became out very in a different way from that of her cherished heroine Jo March.

In Louisa may possibly Alcott, Susan Cheever, the acclaimed writer of American Bloomsbury, returns to harmony, Massachusetts, to discover the lifetime of certainly one of its such a lot iconic citizens. in line with large study, journals, and correspondence, Cheever’s biography chronicles all features of Alcott’s lifestyles, from the fateful assembly of her mom and dad to her demise, simply days after that of her father. She info Bronson Alcott’s stalwart academic imaginative and prescient, which led the Alcotts to relocate every time his innovative educating went bitter; her unsuccessful early makes an attempt at critical literature, together with Moods, which Henry James panned; her time as a Civil struggle nurse, while she reduced in size pneumonia and used to be taken care of with mercury-laden calomel, which might have an effect on her wellbeing and fitness for the remainder of her existence; and her brilliant highbrow circle of writers and reformers, idealists who led the cost in help of antislavery, temperance, and women’s rights.

Alcott’s independence defied the traditional knowledge, and her own offerings and literary legacy proceed to encourage generations of ladies. keen on Little Women from the age of twelve, and a unique writer in her personal correct, Cheever brings a special viewpoint to Louisa could Alcott’s existence as a lady, a daughter, and a operating author.

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Download Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent PDF

By Daniel Okrent

A wonderful, authoritative, and interesting background of America’s such a lot perplexing period, the years 1920 to 1933, whilst the U.S. structure was once amended to limit one among America’s favourite interests: consuming alcoholic drinks.
From its begin, the US has been awash in drink. The crusing vessel that introduced John Winthrop to the beaches of the hot international in 1630 carried extra beer than water. via the 1820s, liquor flowed so plentifully it used to be more cost-effective than tea. That american citizens could ever agree to relinquish their booze used to be as inconceivable because it used to be fantastic.
Yet we did, and Last name is Daniel Okrent’s incredible clarification of why we did it, what existence lower than Prohibition used to be like, and the way such an unheard of measure of presidency interference within the deepest lives of american citizens replaced the rustic endlessly.
Writing with either wit and old acuity, Okrent unearths how Prohibition marked a confluence of various forces: the turning out to be political energy of the women’s suffrage move, which allied itself with the antiliquor crusade; the terror of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they have been wasting keep an eye on in their state to the immigrants of the big towns; the anti-German sentiment stoked through global warfare I; and numerous different not going elements, starting from the increase of the car to the appearance of the source of revenue tax.
Through all of it, american citizens stored consuming, going to remarkably inventive lengths to smuggle, promote, disguise, and convivially (and occasionally fatally) imbibe their favourite intoxicants. Last name is peopled with brilliant characters of an extraordinary type: Susan B. Anthony and Billy Sunday, William Jennings Bryan and bootlegger Sam Bronfman, Pierre S. du Pont and H. L. Mencken, Meyer Lansky and the incredible—if long-forgotten—federal reliable Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who during the twenties was once the main strong lady within the state. (Perhaps so much extraordinary of all is Okrent’s account of Joseph P. Kennedy’s mythical, and long-misunderstood, position within the liquor business.)
It’s a e-book wealthy with tales from approximately all elements of the rustic. Okrent’s narrative runs via smoky ny speakeasies, the place kinfolk among the sexes have been replaced eternally; California vineyards busily generating “sacramental” wine; New England fishing groups that gave up fishing for the extra profitable rum-running company; and in Washington, the halls of Congress itself, the place politicians who had voted for Prohibition drank overtly and with out apology.
Last name is capacious, meticulous, and thrillingly instructed. It stands because the so much entire historical past of Prohibition ever written and confirms Daniel Okrent’s rank as an immense American writer.

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Download Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain PDF

By Mark Twain

There's no restrict to Mark Twain's creative genius, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn needs to be stated the main a laugh publication he has written in years. the simplest facts of Twain's variety and originality is located during this ebook, within which the reader's curiosity is so strongly enlisted within the fortunes of 2 boys and a runaway slave that he follows their adventures with willing interest, even if his logic tells him that the incidents are as absurd as they're wonderful. Huckleberry Finn is a travel de strength, during which the main not going fabrics are transmuted right into a paintings of literary artwork. —The San Francisco Chronicle, 15 March 15, 1885

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Download Vente à la criée du lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon PDF

By Thomas Pynchon

En rentrant d’une soirée un peu trop arrosée, Œdipa Maas apprend qu’elle est l’exécutrice testamentaire de Pierce Inverarity, son ex-petit ami devenu milliardaire. Elle prend donc l. a. path de San Narciso où, épaulée par Metzger, avocat huppé, elle compte expédier los angeles formalité en quelques jours.Sauf que le legs est étrange : en plus d’usines et de biens immobiliers, Pierce possédait une assortment de plusieurs milliers de timbres. fake ou authentiques, ils intriguent l. a. jeune femme, tout comme les messages codés et les symboles énigmatiques qui los angeles cernent. Mais c’est un mot, Tristero, entendu dans une pièce élisabéthaine, qui hante Œdipa et qui pourrait bien être los angeles clé de tout le mystère. Au cours de son enquête hallucinée et vaporeuse, Œdipa va croiser toutes sortes de personnages déjantés : bouquinistes, professeurs alcoolisés, psychiatres sous LSD, philatélistes, membres d’une secte, ingénieurs dépressifs… Les pistes se brouillent dans los angeles tête de los angeles jeune femme qui semble s’enfoncer dans les eaux d’un lac où gisent les restes d’une Histoire oubliée.Publié aux États-Unis en 1966, Vente à los angeles criée du lot forty nine est le deuxième roman de Thomas Pynchon.Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Michel Doury

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Download Young Man with a Horn (New York Review Books Classics) by Dorothy Baker PDF

By Dorothy Baker

Rick Martin enjoyed track and the track enjoyed him. He may perhaps choose up a song so quick that it didn't topic to the Cotton membership boss that he was once underage, or to the blokes within the band that he was once only a white child. He began within the slums of los angeles with not anything, and he ended up on best of the sport within the speakeasies and nightclubs of recent York. yet whereas expertise and force are all you must make it in song, they aren't adequate to make it via a existence.

Dorothy Baker's Young guy with a Horn is greatly considered as the 1st jazz novel, and it pulses with the track that outlined an period. Baker took her suggestion from the artistry--though now not the life--of mythical horn participant Bix Beiderbecke, and the radical went directly to be tailored right into a winning motion picture starring Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, and Doris Day.

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Download The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural by Scott Romine PDF

By Scott Romine

During this stimulating, state-of-the-art research, Scott Romine explores the influence of globalization on modern southern tradition and the South's endurance in an age of media and what he phrases "cultural reproduction." instead of being compromised, Romine asserts, southern cultures are either complex and reconfigured as they're more and more indifferent from culture in its traditional feel. In contemplating Souths that would seem fake--the Souths of the topic eating place, advertisement tv, and well known neighborhood magazines, for example--Romine contends that authenticity and fact become significant thoughts that permit teams and contributors to visualize and navigate social worlds.Romine addresses an enormous serious problem--"authenticity"--in a essentially new demeanour. much less inquisitive about what truly constitutes an "authentic" or "real" South than in how those thoughts are used this present day, the true South explores a variety of southern narratives that describe and go back and forth via digital, simulated, and commodified Souths. the place past critics have tended to imagine a true or real South, Romine questions what's at stake in such assumptions and no matter if the "authentic South" ever really existed. From long gone with the Wind, Civil conflict reenactments, and a tennis group outdoor Atlanta referred to as Tara, to the paintings of Josephine Humphreys, the commute narratives of V. S. Naipaul and Tony Horwitz, and the ancient fiction of Lewis Nordan, Romine examines how narratives (and areas) are used to style social unity and cultural continuity in a time of fragmentation and alter. faraway from deteriorating or disappearing in an international financial system, Romine exhibits, the South remains to be reproduced and utilized by diversified teams engaged in varied cultural initiatives. If one South unavoidably offers itself because the actual South, the presence of one other South and its competing rhetorics of authenticity, its substitute (but in all probability intersecting) tales, unavoidably places the South in play as a website of negotiation and mutual navigation. This strikingly unique paintings of literary and cultural feedback exhibits that, in spite of everything, we may perhaps come to varied Souths, yet none should be good in reality or in perform.

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