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The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing th...
by Crown Archetype

Language

English

Pages

327

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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<b><i>“</i>Wonderful." <b><i>—</i>Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br />Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages</b><br /><br />Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, <i>All These Wonders</i> features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Meg Wolitzer, John Turturro, Tig Notaro, and Hasan Minhaj, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more.<br /><br /> High-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory—and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion, and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.
Calypso
by David Sedaris

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.<br /><br /></b>If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with <i>Calypso.</i> You'd be wrong. <br /><br />When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.<br /><br />With <i>Calypso,</i> Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.<br /><br />This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. <i>Calypso</i> is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.<br />
Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems
by Mary Oliver

Language

English

Pages

140

Publication Date

April 24, 2000

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<DIV>"What good company Mary Oliver is!" the Los Angeles Times has remarked. And never more so than in this extraordinary and engaging gathering of nine essays, accompanied by a brief selection of new prose poems and poems. (One of the essays has been chosen as among the best of the year by The Best American Essays 1998, another by The Anchor Essay Annual.) With the grace and precision that have won her legions of admirers, Oliver talks here of turtle eggs and housebuilding, of her surprise at the sudden powerful flight of swans, of the "thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else." She talks of her own poems and of some of her favorite poets: Poe, writing of "our unescapable destiny," Frost and his ability to convey at once that "everything is all right, and everything is not all right," the "unmistakably joyful" Hopkins, and Whitman, seeking through his poetry "the replication of a miracle." And Oliver offers us a glimpse as well of her "private and natural self -- something that must in the future be taken into consideration by any who would claim to know me."</div>
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditat...
by Toni Morrison

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b>Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades.</b><br /><br /><i>The Source of Self-Regard</i> is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work (including <i>The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved,</i> and <i>Paradise)</i> and that of others, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars. In all, <i>The Source of Self-Regard</i> is a luminous and essential addition to Toni Morrison's oeuvre.
The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
by Charles Krauthammer

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

December 04, 2018

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<b>Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, T<i>he Point of It All</i> is a powerful collection of the influential columnist's most important works. Spanning the personal, the political and the philosophical, it includes never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today's populist movements on the future of global democracy. Edited and with an introduction by the columnist's son, Daniel Krauthammer, it is the most intimate and profound book yet by the legendary writer and thinker.</b><br /><span> </span><br /><span>In his decades of work as America's preeminent political commentator, Charles Krauthammer elevated the opinion column to a form of art. Whether writing about statecraft and foreign policy or reflecting on more esoteric topics such as baseball, spaceflight and medical ethics, Krauthammer was beloved not only for his penetrating wit and insight but also for his ability to identify the hidden moral truths that animate our politics and culture.</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>This new collection, which Krauthammer composed before his death in June 2018, features the columns, speeches and unpublished writings that showcase the best of his original thought and his last, enduring words on the state of American politics, the nature of liberal democracy and the course of world history.</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>The book also includes a deeply personal section offering insight into Krauthammer's beliefs about what mattered most to him--friendship, family and the principles he lived by--all anchored by Daniel Krauthammer's poignant eulogy for his father.</span><br /><span> </span><br /><span>For longtime readers and newcomers alike, </span><i>The Point of It All</i><span> is a timely demonstration of what it means to cut through the noise of petty politics with clarity, integrity and intellectual fortitude. It is a reminder of what made Charles Krauthammer the most celebrated American columnist and political thinker of his generation, a revealing look at the man behind the words and a lasting testament to his belief that anyone with an open and honest mind can grapple deeply with the most urgent questions in politics and in life.</span>
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
by Esmé Weijun Wang

Language

English

Pages

223

Publication Date

February 05, 2019

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<p><b>Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award</b></p><p>An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, <i>The Collected Schizophrenias </i>cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power,<i> The Collected Schizophrenias</i> dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.</p>
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country
by Pam Houston

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<p><strong>"How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us."</strong></p><br /><p>On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.</p><br /><p>In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, <em>Deep Creek</em> delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."</p>
D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
by Holger Eckhertz

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English

Pages

330

Publication Date

April 09, 2015

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This is the hidden side of D Day which has fascinated readers around the world.<br /><br />Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective, with the emphasis on how German resistance was overcome on June 6th 1944. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers and gun emplacements of the Normandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest seaborne invasion in history? <br />What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? What were their experiences on facing the tanks, the flamethrowers and the devastating air superiority of the Allies?<br /><br />This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6th. <br /><br />We see a perspective of D Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of the onslaught that was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied soldiers. We see, too, how the Germans fought in the great coastal bunkers, perceived as impregnable fortresses, but in reality often becoming tombs for their crews. <br /><br />Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass.<br /><br />
Nobody's Looking at You: Essays
by Janet Malcolm

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

February 19, 2019

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<p><b>"Seeing things differently is the essence of what sets Malcolm apart. Few writers pay attention with the precision, acuity and patience she has exhibited during her career." --Wyatt Mason, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editors' Choice. One of BBC Culture, Lit Hub, <i>O, the Oprah Magazine</i>, and <i>The New York Times</i>'s Books to Read this February </b></p><p>Janet Malcolm’s previous collection, <i>Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers</i>, was “unmistakably the work of a master” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>). Like <i>Forty-One False Starts</i>, <i>Nobody’s Looking at You</i> brings together previously uncompiled pieces, mainly from <i>The New Yorker </i>and <i>The New York Review of Books</i>.</p><p>The title piece of this wonderfully eclectic collection is a profile of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, whose mother often said to her, “Nobody’s looking at you.” But in every piece in this volume, Malcolm looks closely and with impunity at a broad range of subjects, from Donald Trump’s TV nemesis Rachel Maddow, to the stiletto-heel-wearing pianist Yuju Wang, to “the big-league game” of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. In an essay called “Socks,” the Pevears are seen as the “sort of asteroid [that] has hit the safe world of Russian Literature in English translation,” and in “Dreams and Anna Karenina,” the focus is Tolstoy, “one of literature’s greatest masters of manipulative techniques.” <i>Nobody’s Looking at You </i>concludes with “Pandora’s Click,” a brief, cautionary piece about e-mail etiquette that was written in the early two thousands, and that reverberates—albeit painfully—to this day.</p>
The Screwtape Letters
by Lewis C S Clive Staples

Language

English

Pages

107

Publication Date

January 28, 2019

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Theology, in the form of a series of letters purportedly written by the old and cunning devil Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, on the subject of how to distract humans from God and the path of salvation.

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