Heart Songs and Other Stories

Author: Annie Proulx

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416588900

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9001

Before she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx was already producing some of the finest short fiction in the country. Here are her collected stories, including two new works never before anthologized. These stories reverberate with rural tradition, the rites of nature, and the rituals of small-town life. The country is blue-collar New England; the characters are native families and the dispossessed working class, whose heritage is challenged by the neorural bourgeoisie from the city; and the themes are as elemental as the landscape: revenge, malice, greed, passion. Told with skill and profundity and crafted by a master storyteller, these are lean, tough tales of an extraordinary place and its people.

Adventures of a Naked Girl

Author: Song Courson

Publisher: Universal Workshop

ISBN: 9780934546683

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6514

Applepeel tells her own exuberant story. It has been said that this is "maybe the sexiest book ever, but certainly the richest, deepest, funniest, most beautiful, most civilized, most good-natured sexy book ever." The claim is that it started as an amusement for a girlfriend, who had said "Let's write some pornography." This apparently is why it starts so badly, and takes off as Applepeel comes alive in the hands of her creator or creators. Some readers advise starting at the chapter called "Scrubbed," or even in the middle at the "Bellywedding," and then you won't be able to stop. And readers argue as to which of the three "Battles of the Britches" is best. The text was sent to an astronomical publisher, who accepted the "fool book" because it contains so much about the moon.

The Executioner's Song

Author: Norman Mailer

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 1455510831

Category: Fiction

Page: 1136

View: 6336

Norman Mailer's Pulitzer Prize-winning and unforgettable classic about convicted killer Gary Gilmore now in a brand-new edition. Arguably the greatest book from America's most heroically ambitious writer, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG follows the short, blighted life of Gary Gilmore who became famous after he robbed two men in 1976 and killed them in cold blood. After being tried and convicted, he immediately insisted on being executed for his crime. To do so, he fought a system that seemed intent on keeping him alive long after it had sentenced him to death. And that fight for the right to die is what made him famous. Mailer tells not only Gilmore's story, but those of the men and women caught in the web of his life and drawn into his procession toward the firing squad. All with implacable authority, steely compassion, and a restraint that evokes the parched landscape and stern theology of Gilmore's Utah. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG is a trip down the wrong side of the tracks to the deepest source of American loneliness and violence. It is a towering achievement-impossible to put down, impossible to forget. (280,000 words)

Naked Song

Author: Laldyada,Coleman Barks

Publisher: Maypop Books

ISBN: 9780961891640

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 79

View: 4619

The words of this 14th-century Kahmiri mystic speak to us across the centuries with clarity and courage. Barks rescues them from obscurity and restores their author to her rightful place among the greatest mystical poets.


This Is My Story... This Is Our Song...

Author: Leslie Masters MD

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452015775

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

View: 5643

In, "Naked. This is My Story...This is Our Song...," Dr. Masters has, with finesse and conviction, written a basic primer on personal storytelling. With her own mesmerizing story woven throughout, Dr. Masters successfully connects the real with the surreal. Naked is a story within a lesson and a lesson within a story. More than that Naked is life...life bubbling over with success, tragedy, pain, renewal, failure, transformation, and redemption. It is a guttural look at what it means to be a human being...both contemptible and beyond contempt. Naked is the true story of Leslie Masters, a 45 year old physician, single mother of three, soccer mom, cheer and gymnastics coach, cosmetic medicine expert, entrepreneur, small business owner, imperfect, spiritual human being. As she tells her story in the first person singular, Dr. Masters lures the reader onto the mindboggling and at times bewitching trail of recovery and discovery. From DEA officers in her office to mice in her kitchen, Dr. Masters' artistry in storytelling will make you laugh, make you cry and introduce you to emotions you have not known before. With the benevolence and compassion of a trusted friend she holds out her hand and both invites and emboldens the reader to tell the one story that only they can tell...their own story. Dr. Masters reaches deep within the wisdom of the ages and from Plato to Jesus, Buddha to Einstein and Sigmund Freud to Bill Wilson, Dr. Masters helps us transform teachings into "right here, right now" applications. What makes this book special is that it is wretched, raucous, raw and real. Dr. Masters shows with brutal honesty, courage and sophistication just what "telling your story" is all about. Leslie is bright, articulate, and funny...and what she becomes to the reader is a treasured intimate friend. Before the final page has been turned, Dr. Masters has become Leslie...a flawed, broken, faulty, incomplete member of humanity. The result is a captivating work that is relevant, and even necessary, in the world that we all live in today. Fueled by the power of truth, this is a story that needs to be heard.

Nicholas the Naked Sicilian, and Other Stories

Author: Vincent P. Militello

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1425969666

Category: Fiction

Page: 140

View: 8970

My ambition when I started this book was to allow the readers a chance to use their own imaginations and to come to their own conclusions. Nicholas is a fable. It is about a man who somehow manages to live his own life to the fullest. There are also fifteen other unconventional short stories included in this book. To sum up, I just wanted to write a thought provoking book that would be fun to read.

The Naked and the Dead

50th Anniversary Edition, With a New Introduction by the Author

Author: Norman Mailer

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 146685488X

Category: Fiction

Page: 722

View: 8061

Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since enjoyed a long and well-deserved tenure in the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer. Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows a platoon of Marines who are stationed on the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948 with the wisdom of a man twice Mailer's age and the raw courage of the young man he was, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.

The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945

Author: Gareth Cornwell,Dirk Klopper,Craig Mackenzie

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231503814

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 3433

From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid. Because apartheid intruded on every aspect of private and public life, South African literature was preoccupied with the politics of race and social engineering. Since the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990, South Africa has been a new nation-in-the-making, inspired by a nonracial idealism yet beset by poverty and violence. South African writers have responded in various ways to Njabulo Ndebele's call to "rediscover the ordinary." The result has been a kaleidoscope of texts in which evolving cultural forms and modes of identity are rearticulated and explored. An invaluable guide for general readers as well as scholars of African literary history, this comprehensive text celebrates the multiple traditions and exciting future of the South African voice. Although the South African Constitution of 1994 recognizes no fewer than eleven official languages, English has remained the country's literary lingua franca. This book offers a narrative overview of South African literary production in English from 1945 to the postapartheid present. An introduction identifies the most interesting and noteworthy writing from the period. Alphabetical entries provide accurate and objective information on genres and writers. An appendix lists essential authors published before 1945.

The Naked Bridge Player and Other Stories

Author: David Silver

Publisher: Master Point Press

ISBN: 9781897106150

Category: Games

Page: 152

View: 3418

Professor Silver is back! The hero of Tales out of School, A Study in Silver, and Bridge the Silver Way takes on new opponents as the author finds fresh literary targets to lampoon. Yes, the man who brought us the Silver Certainty Principle, the Eastwood convention ("Do you feel lucky, partner?") and the concept of the supremacy of the heart suit in bridge now takes aim at (among many others): The Matrix ("Will you cut the red cards or the blue?") The Three Musketeers ("All for one, all for me") All Quiet on the Western Front ("Have you heard of the Geneva Convention?").

Roofing with a Naked Lady and Other Stories

Author: Fred Anderson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059518863X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 193

View: 7634

Did you go to high school? Did you want to go to high school? Or, God forbid, did you ever teach high school? Roofing with a Naked Lady is for you–perhaps it’s about you. During 30 years of teaching, Fred Anderson has found himself in hilarious, serious, and sometimes dangerous situations. In this collection of sometimes amazing but always true stories, Fred battles a falling barn, an army of cockroaches, an undercover superintendent, and teenagers wielding assorted powertools—and weapons. Fred Anderson has taught guitar, theater lighting design, leather work, metal fabrication, drafting, auto mechanics, wood-working, cabinet making, pattern making, and construction trades, and of course, roofing. His love of teaching is second only to his passion for writing and telling his stories.

The Naked Bible

An Irreverent Exposure of Bible Verses, Versions, and Meanings That Preachers Dishonestly Ignore

Author: Andrew Bernardin

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781449520717

Category: Religion

Page: 232

View: 3206

There is much more to the Bible than the select cherries preachers and politicians pluck from its hundreds of pages. There exists, in fact, a massive, rotten underside. But who has the time and sufficient quantities of NoDoz to read the entire book? In this collection of brief, entertaining essays, written in a tone both matter-of-fact incredulous and wryly sarcastic, Andrew Bernardin dives deep beneath the Bible's cover to share a peek of some of the customarily cloaked, sordid content. He reveals both how "God's inerrant word" has been worded differently in many versions of the Bible, and how “God's Message” changes from Genesis to Revelation within each Bible. In addition to the essays, Naked contains bonus, eye-opening verses translated into blunt, everyday English.From front to back, The Naked Bible strips bare the outright scandalous and plainly silly alike. If you care to know more about the lesser known Bible, this is one fun way to do it.-[Revised 04/11 to update formatting and correct typographical errors.]

Eat Mangoes Naked

Finding Pleasure Everywhere (and dancing with the Pits)

Author: SARK

Publisher: Touchstone

ISBN: 9780684859774

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

View: 2204

This book is your traveling pleasure companion. I want to remind you to seek out pleasure and lightly scoop it up! It is also a guide to finding pleasure in all of the difficult places: during illness, at the periodontist, facing our aging and mortality... I share my explorations into pleasure, and the places I get lost. Let's magnify our pleasures together, no matter what else is happening in our lives.

From Anti-apartheid to African Renaissance

Interviews with South African Writers and Critics on Cultural Politics Beyond the Cultural Struggle

Author: Ulrike Ernst

Publisher: Lit Verlag


Category: Social Science

Page: 205

View: 3109

The focus of this collection is the cultural and literary policy of the tripartite alliance (ANC, SACP, COSATU) after its denouncement of 'culture as a weapon'. Three shifts are noted between 1990 - 2000: the end of apartheid, the alliance's accession to power, and the change of presidency from Nelson Mandela to Thabo Mbeki, including the adoption of a neo-liberal macro-economic policy. The investigation stresses the importance of the role of writers and intellectuals in political and societal transformation processes that have a tendency to destroy the agency that initially set them in motion. Startling revelations are being made, which highlight the emptiness of much Rainbow Nation sloganeering.

Song without End and Other Stories

Author: Neelum Saran Gaur

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 8184755465


Page: 296

View: 6339

In ‘Connectivity’ a retired bureaucrat’s telephone line is accidentally connected to that of a grieving man’s; while a heart surgeon helps his patient across the great abyss in ‘Song without End’. The skilful grooming of a poet is described in ‘A Lane in Lucknow’; and a senile old nawab finds himself a stranger to an altered world in ‘The Taste of Almonds’. In ‘Through the Looking Glass’ a man losing his sight finds he can get to the heart of all the books in his library by an inexplicable miracle; and in ‘Play’ the roles an actor enacts are a source of important life lessons. Song without End and Other Stories is a collection of fifteen captivating short stories by Neelum Saran Gour that amuse and absorb by their lively engagement with people; places and ideas in an unforgettable way. Funny; humane and culturally vibrant; these tales portray characters who are challenged by life and who arrive at their own individual truths.

Useless Magic

Lyrics and Poetry

Author: Florence Welch

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0525577165

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 1250

Lyrics and never-before-seen poetry and sketches from the iconic musician of Florence and the Machine Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don't know what I'm trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn't do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.


Journal of the Centre for the Study of Southern African Literature and Languages

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Africa, Southern

Page: N.A

View: 4887


The naked tree

Author: Wan-sŏ Pak

Publisher: Cornell Univ East Asia Program


Category: Fiction

Page: 188

View: 9049


Songs with Our Eyes Closed

Author: Tyler Kent White

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449486630

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

View: 9748

Many of the poems included here are short and uplifting, with messages such as “be yourself,” “you are beautiful,” and “this too shall pass.” They combine the appeal of short, shareable poems with inspiration and encouragement. Also included are some of White’s lengthier prose pieces, which address his childhood, his relationship with his father, and past romantic relationships, among other things. Whatever the form, White takes inspiration from the everyday, writing about abstract topics like love, loss, depression, and resilience using concrete, relatable details and scenes.