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Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog
by Dave Barry

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English

Pages

241

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<b>Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author of <i>Dave Barry Turns 40</i> now shows </b><b>how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy.</b><BR><BR>Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his best dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. From “Make New Friends” (an unfortunate fail when he can’t overcome his dislike for mankind) to “Don’t Stop Having Fun” (validating his longtime membership in a marching unit that performs in parades—and even Obama’s inauguration), Dave navigates his later years with good humor and grace. Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in your own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream-of-consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life, which will leave you heaving with laughter and recognition.<BR> <BR>Laugh-out-loud hilarious, whether he’s trying to “Pay Attention to the People You Love” (even when your brain is not listening) or deciding to “Let Go of Your Anger,” Dave Barry’s <i>Lessons From Lucy</i> is a witty and wise guide to joyous living.
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Caroline Fraser

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English

Pages

641

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE</b><br /><b>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD </b><br /><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> books</b></p><p>Millions of readers of <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.</p><p>The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading—and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.</p><p>Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, <i>Prairie Fires</i> reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.</p>
On Writing and Worldbuilding: Volume I
by Timothy Hickson

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English

Pages

243

Publication Date

May 30, 2019

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Writing advice tends to be full of 'rules' and 'tips' which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire.<br /><br />ON WRITING<br />Part I: Prologues<br />Part II: The First Chapter<br />Part III: The Exposition Problem<br />Part IV: Foreshadowing<br />Part V: Villain Motivation<br />Part VI: Hero-Villain Relationships<br />Part VII: Final Battles<br />Part VIII: The Chosen One<br />Part IX: Hard Magic Systems<br />Part X: Soft Magic Systems<br />Part XI: Magic Systems and Storytelling<br /><br />ON WORLDBUILDING<br />Part XII: Polytheistic Religions<br />Part XIII: Hidden Magical Worlds<br />Part XIV: How Empires Rise<br />Part XV: How Empires Work<br />Part XVI: How Empires Fall<br /><br />EXCLUSIVE CONTENT<br />Part XVII: How I Plan a Novel<br />Dozens of sidenotes and extra thoughts on all these wonderful stories
The Apology
by Eve Ensler

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<b>From the bestselling author of <i>The Vagina Monologues</i>--a powerful, life-changing examination of abuse and atonement.</b><br /><b><br />“A triumph of artistry and empathy.” --Naomi Klein</b><br /><b><br />“A crucial step forward . . . This is an urgently needed book right now.” --Jane Fonda</b><br /><b><br />“Unflinching candor . . . immeasurable grace.” --Anita Hill</b><br /><b><br />“Courageous, transformative, and yes--healing.” --Anne Lamott</b><br /><b><br />"Unflinchingly increases our understanding of the human experience." --Michael Cunningham</b><br /><b><br />“[<i>The Apology</i>] will change how all of us think about our souls.” --Johann Hari</b><br /><b><br />“Shatteringly brilliant.” --<i>The Times</i> </b><br /><b><br />"The geometry of toxic masculinity is contained within these pages.” --Marc Maron</b><br /><br />Like millions of women, Eve Ensler has been waiting much of her lifetime for an apology. Sexually and physically abused by her father, Eve has struggled her whole life from this betrayal, longing for an honest reckoning from a man who is long dead. After years of work as an anti-violence activist, she decided she would wait no longer; an apology could be imagined, by her, for her, to her. <i>The Apology</i>, written by Eve from her father's point of view in the words she longed to hear, attempts to transform the abuse she suffered with unflinching truthfulness, compassion, and an expansive vision for the future. <br /> <br />Through <i>The Apology</i> Eve has set out to provide a new way for herself and a possible road for others, so that survivors of abuse may finally envision how to be free. She grapples with questions she has sought answers to since she first realized the impact of her father's abuse on her life: <i>How do we offer a doorway rather than a locked cell? How do we move from humiliation to revelation, from curtailing behavior to changing it, from condemning perpetrators to calling them to reckoning?</i><i> What will it take for abusers to genuinely apologize?</i><br /> <br />Remarkable and original, <i>The Apology</i> is an acutely transformational look at how, from the wounds of sexual abuse, we can begin to re-emerge and heal. It is revolutionary, asking everything of each of us: courage, honesty, and forgiveness.
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woma...
by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Est...

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English

Pages

562

Publication Date

February 01, 2017

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"Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Though the gifts of wildish nature come to us at birth, society's attempt to 'civilize' us into rigid roles has plundered this treasure, and muffled deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. Without Wild Woman, we become overdomesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped."<br /><br />In her now-classic book that spent 144 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and is translated into 35 languages, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archaeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Dr. Estés uses her families' ethnic tales, washed and rinsed in the blood of wars and survival, multicultural myths, her own lyric writing of those fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from her life witness, and also research ongoing for twenty years… that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.<br /><br />Dr. Estés collects the bones of many stories, looking for the archetypal motifs that set a woman's inner life into motion. Her "La Loba" teaches about the transformative function of the psyche; in "Bluebeard," we learn what to do with wounds that will not heal; in her literary story "Skeleton Woman," we glimpse the mystical power of relationship and how dead feelings can be revived; "Vasalisa the Wise" brings our lost womanly instincts to the surface again; "The Handless Maiden" recovers the Wild Woman initiation rites; and "The Little Match Girl" warns against the insidious dangers of a life spent in fantasy. These and other stories focus on the many qualities of Wild Woman. With them, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand her, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine.<br /><br />In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.<br /><br />Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., is an internationally known poet, post-trauma recovery specialist, senior training psychoanalyst [Jungian], and cantadora [keeper of the old stories] in her mestizo Latina tradition. Her doctorate is in ethno-clinical psychology / indigenous history from The Union Institute. She is an award-winning author both performance art and spoken word. <br /><br />PRAISE FOR WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES<br /><br />"I am grateful to Women Who Run With the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The work shows the reader how glorious <br />it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be a woman. Everyone who can read should read this book."<br />—MAYA ANGELOU<br /><br />"A deeply spiritual book . . . She honors what is tough, smart, and untamed in women. She venerates the female soul."<br />—The Washington Post<br /><br />"Women Who Run With the Wolves isn’t just another book. It is a gift of profound insight, wisdom, and love. An oracle for one who knows."<br />—ALICE WALKER<br /><br />"An inspiring book, the ‘vitamins for the soul’ [for women] who are cut off from their intuitive nature."<br />—San Francisco Chronicle<br /><br />"Millennia of humans have gathered around fires to hear words that transferred hard-won wisdom and allowed dreams of unlimited possibilities. In a modern world that limits wisdom to 'facts,' and women’s access even to those, Dr. Estés has restored the fire—for us all."<br />—GLORIA STEINEM<br /><br />"Stands out from the pack . . . This book will become a bible for women interested in doing deep work. . . . It is a road map of all the pitfalls, those familiar and those horrifically unexpected, that a woman encounters on the way back to her instinctual self. Wolves . . . is a gift."<br />—Los Angeles Times<br />
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
by , Mark Olshaker

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English

Pages

444

Publication Date

November 26, 1998

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<b>Now a Netflix original series</b><BR> <BR>Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.<BR><BR>In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.<BR> <BR> During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.<BR> <BR> As the model for Jack Crawford in <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic
by Daniel Mendelsohn

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English

Pages

322

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<b>A <b>New York Times/PBS NewsHour Book Club Pick</b><br /><br />From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of <i>The Lost:</i> a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homer's epic masterpiece.</b><br /><br />When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate <i>Odyssey</i> seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician's unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his "one last chance" to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth--and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homer's great work together--first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son's interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus's famous voyages--it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jay's responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn's narrative comes to echo the <i>Odyssey</i> itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, <i>An Odyssey </i>is a renowned author-scholar's most triumphant entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.<br /><br /><br /><b>Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, <i>Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, </i>and <i>Newsday</i><br />A <i>Kirkus</i> Best Memoir of 2017<br />Shortlisted for the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize</b>
The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Lear...
by James Rallison

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

July 31, 2018

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<b><b><b>Instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller · </b></b>Hilarious stories and advice about the ups and downs of growing up, from a popular YouTube artist and storyteller.</b><br /><br />Like any shy teen turned young adult, YouTube star James Rallison ("The Odd 1s Out") is used to being on the outside looking in. He wasn't partying in high school or winning football games like his older brother. Instead, he posted comics on the Internet. Now, he's ready to share his hard-earned advice from his 21 years of life in the funny, relatable voice his fans love. <br /><br />In this illustrated collection, Rallison tells his own stories of growing up as the "odd one out": in art class with his twin sister (she was more talented), in the middle school locker room, and up to one strange year of college (he dropped out). Each story is filled with the little lessons he picked up along the way, serious and otherwise, like: <br /><br />  <b>*</b>  How to be cool (in seventh grade)<br />  <b>*</b>  Why it's OK to be second-best at something, and<br />  <b>*</b>  How to survive your first, confidence-killing job interviews <br /><br />Filled with fan-favorite comics and never-before-seen material, this tongue-in-cheek take on some of the weirdest, funniest parts of life is perfect for both avid followers and new converts.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

April 15, 2009

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Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.<br />  <br /> Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.<br />  <br /> Poetic and powerful, <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.<br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>“<i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin</b>
Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed (American Studies No...
by Lisa Duggan

Language

English

Pages

137

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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 <B>"Astute."—<I>New York Times </I></B><BR /><BR /> Ayn Rand’s complicated notoriety as popular writer, leader of a political and philosophical cult, reviled intellectual, and ostentatious public figure endured beyond her death in 1982. In the twenty-first century, she has been resurrected as a serious reference point for mainstream figures, especially those on the political right from Paul Ryan to Donald Trump. <I>Mean Girl</I>follows Rand’s trail through the twentieth century from the Russian Revolution to the Cold War and traces her posthumous appeal and the influence of her novels via her cruel, surly, sexy heroes. Outlining the impact of Rand’s philosophy of selfishness, <I>Mean Girl </I>illuminates the Randian shape of our neoliberal, contemporary culture of greed and the dilemmas we face in our political present.

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