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By Northrop Frye. 1982
By Julia Casterton. 2005
This book is a practical guide to creative writing, providing advice on style and form, and help with developing work… to be read or heard and how to get published. Drawing on interviews with other writers, and her own long experience as a poet and tutor, Julia Casterton examines many kinds of writing - autobiography, poetry, dialogue, short stories, writing for screen and longer fiction. 2005.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Robertson Davies, J. Madison Davis. 1989
These 28 interviews with Canadian author Robertson Davies were conducted by people such as Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford between… the years 1963 and 1988. They cover a wide variety of subjects, including religion, sex, magic, and theatre. 1989.
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By Kim Thúy, Pascal Janovjak. 2011
"Ils se sont rencontrés un soir, dans un hôtel de Monaco. Au petit déjeuner, ils se sont racontés. Et puis… elle est repartie à Montréal, et il a regagné Ramallah. Ce livre est la suite de leur conversation. À toi est composé de récits croisés nés d'un coup de foudre littéraire entre un auteur franco-slovaco-suisse et une auteure québécoise d'origine vietnamienne. Ce dialogue du féminin et du masculin est une invitation au lecteur à partager cet univers intime. On y retrouve le charme poétique qui a passionné les milliers de lecteurs de Ru. Écrits au rythme lent de la mémoire ou au souffle syncopé d'un monde changeant, ces textes racontent les préoccupations du présent, universelles ou personnelles. Attentifs à la sensualité des détails, leurs récits se font écho, s'amplifient, se complètent et vibrent, dans une complicité rare. Leurs mots traversent un océan et six fuseaux horaires, passent par-dessus les murs, les frontières et les différences culturelles, pour dire la beauté du monde et la fragilité de la vie." -- 4e de couv.
AgeProof: how to live longer without breaking a hip, running out of money, or forgetting where you put it--the 8 secrets
By Jean Chatzky, MD, Michael F Roizen. 2017
TODAY Show financial expert Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic's chief wellness officer Dr. Michael Roizen explain the vital connection… between health and wealth--giving readers all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives. The same principles that allow us to achieve a better body will allow us to do the same for our investment portfolio. For instance, physical and financial stability comes down to the same equation: Inflow versus outflow. Do we burn more calories than we ingest? Likewise, are we making more money than we spend? The authors detail scientific ways to improve our behaviour so that the answers tilt in the readers' favour. 2017.
Epidemiologist discusses his research project on aging and the incidence of Alzheimer's disease in a stable population--nuns. Explains how the… survey is conducted and his involvement with this group of women, many of whom have become personal friends. Examines his discoveries concerning remaining mentally alert. 2001.
By Deepak Chopra. 1993
Contrary to our traditional notions of aging, we can learn to direct the way our bodies metabolize time. The author… combines mindbody medicine with current anti-aging research to show why, and how, the effects of aging are largely preventable. He believes that we can reach our full potential, as well as dramatically reshape the aging process, by intervening at the level where belief becomes biology. 1993.
Aging well: surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark Harvard study of adult development
By George E Vaillant. 2003
For more than five decades Harvard Medical School has studied the basic elements of adult human development, analyzing the health… and happiness of hundreds of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. In ‘Aging Well’, the director of the study draws on the data gathered and reveals why some people turn out to be more resilient than others. His conclusion is that individual lifestyle choices play a greater role than genetics, wealth, race, or other factors in determining how happy people are in later life. With step-by-step advice and revelations of scientific findings, this book is aimed to help people age well. 2003.
By Robert Levine. 2004
The Rolling Stones (now in their 60s) have sung to us for years about "what a drag it is getting… old," but it doesn’t have to be that way. This book points to well-known public figures clearly aging with dignity and vitality; shows steps we can take to age while retaining these qualities in defiance of a society that challenges this quest. Living longer is not enough for most of us; we don’t want to just survive. The quality of our life as we age is most important, and much of that depends on our attitudes and approach. Includes strategies to optimize self-esteem as well as health, including attention to nutrition, exercise, health care, education, mind stimulation, sexuality, social activities, and cosmetics and cosmetic surgery. 2004.
By Jack Hodgins. 1993
Describes the problems facing any fiction writer -- including how to make your characters come alive, plot and structure, and… metaphors and symbols -- and shows how some of the best writers have solved them. 1993.
By Eric H Cline. 2015
" Un réchauffement climatique suivi de sécheresse et de famines, des séismes, des guerres civiles catastrophiques, de gigantesques mouvements de… populations fuyant leurs terres d'origine, des risques systémiques pour les échanges internationaux... Nous ne sommes pas en 2015, mais bien au XIIe siècle avant J.-C. ! Toutes les civilisations de la Méditerranée grecque et orientale (de la Crète à l'Égypte, de Canaan à Babylone, etc.) se sont en effet effondrées presque simultanément, il y a plus de trois mille ans. Des régions entières ont été désertées, des villes détruites et définitivement vidées de leurs habitants. L'Égypte ne sera plus que l'ombre d'elle-même. Comment un ensemble de civilisations florissantes a-t-il pu disparaître aussi brutalement ? Le grand archéologue américain Eric H. Cline mène l'enquête et nous raconte la fin de l'âge du bronze sous la forme d'un drame en quatre actes. Il fait revivre sous nos yeux ces sociétés connectées qui possédaient une langue commune, échangeaient de multiples biens (grains, or, étain et cuivre, etc.), alors que les artistes circulaient d'un royaume à l'autre. Les archives découvertes témoignent de mariages royaux, d'alliances, de guerres et même d'embargos. En somme, une mondialisation avant l'heure, confrontée notamment à des aléas climatiques qui pourraient avoir causé sa perte... Une passionnante plongée dans le passé qui nous oblige à réfléchir. " -- 4e de couv.
By Gwynne Dyer. 2005
A collection of Dyer's writings on the post-September 11 world. He examines how the media skews fact and opinion, provides… incorrect information, and prefers short-term news over the longer perspectives needed to understand what is going on. Combines an examination of how powerful owners mould the agendas of the press with a self-critique of his columns. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2005.
By Matt Cohen. 2000
Matt Cohen's last book, a memoir, describes his life as a writer. Also dealing with the Canadian literary scene of… his time, he includes portraits of such figures as Margaret Laurence and Morley Callaghan. He charts his progress as a writer, and the inspiration he received by moving from Toronto to a farm near Kingston.
By Dany Laferrière. 2013
" Le pyjama est un étrange habit de travail, nous dit Dany Laferrière, qui, après trente années décriture, décide de… parler à ses lecteurs. Suite de fragments et de scènes où fiction, réflexion, récit, méditations salternent. Journal dun écrivain en pyjama met sous nos yeux litinéraire de cet écrivain pour qui la vie est une aventure exaltante, qui se conjugue entre lire et écrire.... " -- 4e de couv.
By Virginia Woolf, Clara Malraux. 1980
Un classique de la pensée féministe. Sujet-prétexte: les femmes et le roman. Point de départ (et point d'arrivée): si une… femme veut écrire une oeuvre de fiction elle doit disposer de quelque argent et d'une chambre à soi (à soi seule). 1980.
By John Metcalf, Claire Wilkshire. 2003
Includes interviews with and commentaries from eight Canadian writers. Listen in to Terry Griggs on where stories come from, Michael… Winter on writing Newfoundland, and K.D. Miller on being 'an actor who writes'. Also features short stories by these authors. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.
By Pierre Berton. 2003
Pierre Berton shares his own experiences in learning to write and in improving during his writing career. Includes information about… editors, tips for writer's block, and story development through many drafts. 2003.
Includes both Reagan's own writing and his favourite quotations, proverbs, and excerpts from speeches, poetry, and literature. The breadth of… these notes sheds light on a man who was deeply engaged with the arts, culture, and politics. Known as the "Great Communicator," Reagan sought wisdom from a wide-ranging set of political figures, philosophers, novelists, and poets. Some strong language. c2011.