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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
by Amy Tan

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p>In <em>Where the Past Begins</em>, bestselling author of <em>The Joy Luck Club</em> and <em>The Valley of Amazement</em> Amy Tan reveals herself in a way she never has before, delving into her childhood, adolescence, family history, beginnings as a writer and professional life to explore the answers to questions of purpose and meaning that we all ask ourselves as we get older. </p><p>Moving from her childhood in Oakland and growing up with her Chinese parents through her success as a novelist, Amy Tan delves into her creative interests in music, the paralysis of beginning a new project, journal-writing and travelling. <em>Where the Past Begins</em> chronicles the making of a writer. With characteristic humor and poignant observation, Tan weaves a nontraditional introspective narrative that is as complex and vibrant as this beloved American novelist’s fiction. Interspersed with direct correspondence between the author and her editor, the book will give fans and critics unparalleled insight into the author’s process, her thoughts on the literary enterprise, and her singularly warm, intelligent mind. </p>
Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process
by John McPhee

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<p><b>The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher</b></p><p><i>Draft No. 4</i> is a master class on the writer’s craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative, while observing that “readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone’s bones.” The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising—and revising, and revising.</p><p><i>Draft No. 4</i> is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with <i>The New Yorker</i> and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at <i>Time </i>magazine. Throughout, <i>Draft No. 4</i> is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world.</p>
Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News
by Bob Schieffer

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English

Pages

216

Publication Date

October 01, 2017

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<span><span>From the explosion of fake news to the challenges of the 24 hour news cycle, legendary journalist Bob Schieffer examines political journalism today and those who practice it. Based on interviews with over 40 media leaders, Schieffer provides an inside look at the changing role of media and asks whether today’s citizens are more informed or just overwhelmed.</span></span>
The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control W...
by Sharyl Attkisson

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

June 27, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>Bestseller</strong></p><p>Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Stonewalled</em> pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.</p><p>Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda; an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist, or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth, but these media-driven "hit pieces" are designed to obscure the truth. Success hinges on the Smear artist’s ability to remain invisible; to make it seem as if their work is neither calculated nor scripted. It must appear to be precisely what it is not.</p><p>Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson has witnessed this practice firsthand. After years of being pitched hit jobs and puff pieces, she’s an expert at detecting Smear campaigns. Now, the hard-hitting investigative reporter shares her inside knowledge, revealing how the Smear takes shape and who its perpetrators are—including Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and, most influential of all, "right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin" (<em>National Review</em>) political operative David Brock and his Media Matters for America empire.</p><p>Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of Smear artists, and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media—operatives who are corrupting the political process, and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.</p>
Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative
by Chuck Wendig

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English

Pages

242

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p><b>HOOK YOUR AUDIENCE WITH UNFORGETTABLE STORYTELLING</b></p><p>What do Luke Skywalker, John McClane, and a lonely dog on Ho‘okipa Beach have in common?<br />Simply put, we care about them.<br />Great storytelling is making readers care about your characters, the choices they make, and what happens to them. It’s making your audience feel the tension and emotion of a situation right alongside your protagonist. And to tell a damn fine story, you need to understand why and how that caring happens.</p><p>Using a mix of personal stories, pop fiction examples, and traditional storytelling terms, <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author Chuck Wendig will help you internalize the feel of powerful storytelling. In <i>Damn Fine Story</i>, you'll explore:<ul><li>Freytag's Pyramid for visualizing story structure - and when to break away from traditional storytelling forms</li><li>Character relationships and interactions as the basis of every strong plot - no matter the form or genre</li><li>Rising and falling tension that pulls the audience through to the climax and conclusion of the story</li><li>Developing themes as a way to craft characters with depth</li></ul>Whether you're writing a novel, screenplay, video game, comic, or even if you just like to tell stories to your friends and family over dinner, this funny and informative guide is chock-full of examples about the art and craft of storytelling - and how to write a damn fine story of your own.</p>
Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer's Reference to Excep...
by K.M. Weiland

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English

Pages

245

Publication Date

October 02, 2017

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<b>Uncover the Secrets to Creating Characters Readers Will Never Forget</b><br /><br />Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the acclaimed <i>Creating Character Arcs</i>, showed writers how to identify the five most important types of character arcs and use them to bring your own characters to life with stunning and powerful realism.<br /><br />Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the <i>Creating Character Arcs Workbook</i> presents a guided approach to choosing the right type of character arc for your story, joining plot and character into a cohesive and resonant whole, and choosing stories with life-changing themes.<br /><br />Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will show you how to:<br /><br />•Write an inspiring Positive Change Arc<br />•Create one of three unforgettable Negative Change Arcs<br />•Take full advantage of a heroic Flat Arc<br />•Align the structure of your character arcs with that of your plot<br />•Revise a story that has no arc<br />•And so much more!<br /><br />This accessible and streamlined workbook will empower you to create resonant character arcs—and an outstanding novel.<br /><br /><b>Start writing your best book today!</b>
Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American...
by Suzy Hansen

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

August 15, 2017

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<p><b>Suzy Hansen left her country and moved to Istanbul and discovered America</b></p><p>In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul.</p><p>Hansen arrived in Istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics. But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country—and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. It is, Hansen writes, “a broken heart . . . A one-hundred-year-old relationship.”</p><p>Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, <i>Notes on a Foreign Country </i>is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation—a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.</p>
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.<BR><BR>“Long live the King” hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King’s <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and...
by Lisa Cron

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

August 09, 2016

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<b>Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, <i>Wired for Story</i>, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story</b>. <br /><br />It’s every novelist’s greatest fear: pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into writing hundreds of pages only to realize that their story has no sense of urgency, no internal logic, and so is a page one rewrite. <br /><br />The prevailing wisdom in the writing community is that there are just two ways around this problem: pantsing (winging it) and plotting (focusing on the external plot). Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career discovering why these methods don’t work and coming up with a powerful alternative, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read (and it’s not what you think). <br /><br />In <i>Story Genius </i>Cron takes you, step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint—including fully realized scenes—that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft.
Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir
by Martha Gellhorn

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

May 07, 2001

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"Martha Gellhorn was so fearless in a male way, and yet utterly capable of making men melt," writes <b>New Yorker</b> literary editor Bill Buford. As a journalist, Gellhorn covered every military conflict from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam and Nicaragua. She also bewitched Eleanor Roosevelt's secret love and enraptured Ernest Hemingway with her courage as they dodged shell fire together.<p> Hemingway is, of course, the unnamed "other" in the title of this tart memoir, first published in 1979, in which Gellhorn describes her globe-spanning adventures, both accompanied and alone. With razor-sharp humor and exceptional insight into place and character, she tells of a tense week spent among dissidents in Moscow; long days whiled away in a disused water tank with hippies clustered at Eilat on the Red Sea; and her journeys by sampan and horse to the interior of China during the Sino-Japanese War. <p>Now including a foreward by Bill Buford and photographs of Gellhorn with Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Gary Cooper, and others, this new edition rediscovers the voice of an extraordinary woman and brings back into print an irresistibly entertaining classic.</p></p>

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