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By Neal Stephenson. 2012
#1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is, quite simply, one of the best and most respected writers alive.… He’s taken sf to places it’s never been (Snow Crash, Anathem). He’s reinvented the historical novel (The Baroque Cycle), the international thriller (Reamde), and both at the same time (Cryptonomicon).Now he treats his legion of fans to Some Remarks, an enthralling collection of essays—Stephenson’s first nonfiction work since his long essay on technology, In the Beginning…Was the Command Line, more than a decade ago—as well as new and previously published short writings both fiction and non.Some Remarks is a magnificent showcase of a brilliantly inventive mind and talent, as he discourses on everything from Sir Isaac Newton to Star Wars.
By Ray Robertson. 2020
“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in How to… Die: A Book on Being Alive, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge. Though contemporary society avoids the subject and often values the mere continuation of existence over its quality, Robertson argues that the active and intentional consideration of death is neither morbid nor frivolous, but instead essential to our ability to fully value life. How to Die is both an absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death as well as an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live a meaningful life.
By T Fleischmann. 2019
How do the bodies we inhabit affect our relationship with art? How does art affect our relationship to our bodies?… T Fleischmann uses Felix Gonzáles-Torres's artwork-piles of candy, stacks of paper, puzzles-as a path through questions of love and loss, violence and rejuvenation, gender and sexuality. From the back porches of Buffalo to the galleries of New York and L.A. and the farmhouses of rural Tennessee, artwork acts as still points, sites for reflection situated in lived experience. Fleischmann combines serious engagement with warmth and clarity of prose, reveling in the experiences and pleasures of art and the body, identity, and community
By Marie Brenner. 2018
Now a major film from Academy Awardwinning director Clint Eastwoodstarring Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and Paul… Walter Hauser! This collection of captivating profiles from Vanity Fair writer Marie Brenner spans her award-winning career and features larger-than-life figures such as Donald Trump, Roy Cohn, Malala Yousafzai, and Richard Jewellthe security guard whose dramatic heroism at the bombing of the 1996 Olympics made him the FBI's prime suspect. Previously published as A Private War, Marie Brenner's Richard Jewell tells a gripping true story of heroism and injustice. In the early morning hours of July 27, 1996, three pipe bombs exploded at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, killing one person and injuring 111 others. Hundreds more potential casualties were prevented by the vigilance and quick actions of security guard Richard Jewell, who uncovered the bombs and began evacuating the area. But no good deed goes unpunished. Desperate for a lead, investigators and journalists pursued Jewell as a potential suspect in the case, painting him as an obvious match for the infamous "lone bomber" profile. Accused of being a terrorist and a failed law enforcement officer who craved public recognition for his false heroics, he saw his reputation smeared across headlines and broadcasts nationwide. After a months-long investigation found no evidence against him, the US Attorney finally cleared Jewell's name. Yet Jewell would not be fully exonerated in the eyes of the public until the actual bomber confessed in 2005, just two years before Jewell's premature death at the age of forty-four. In Richard Jewell, veteran journalist Marie Brenner brilliantly chronicles Jewell's ordeal to share the story of an ordinary man whose life was shattered by a false narrative. This collection also includes Brenner's classic encounters with Donald Trump, Roy Cohn, Malala Yousafzai, Marie Colvin, and others.
By Chuck Klosterman. 2016
New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about… our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or-weirder still-widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we "overrate" democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we've reached the end of knowledge? Klosterman visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We're Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers-George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Diaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others-interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It's a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It's about how we live now, once "now" has become "then."
By Ross Gay. 2018
The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over… a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders. Ross Gay's The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays- some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages-that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including living in America as a black man; the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture; the loss of those he loves.
By Russel Smith. 2018
Now in its 48th year, Best Canadian Stories has long championed the short story form and highlighted the work of… many writers who have gone on to shape the Canadian literary canon. Caroline Adderson, Margaret Atwood, Clark Blaise, Tamas Dobozy, Mavis Gallant, Douglas Glover, Norman Levine, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Leon Rooke, Diane Schoemperlen, Kathleen Winter, and many others have appeared in its pages over the decades, making Best Canadian Stories the go-to source for what’s new in Canadian fiction writing for close to five decades. Selected by guest editor Russell Smith, the 2018 edition draws together both newer and established writers to shape an engaging and luminous mosaic of writing in this country today—a continuation of not only a series, but a legacy in Canadian letters. Best Canadian Stories 2018 features work by: Shashi Bhat, Tom Thor Buchanan, Lynn Coady, Deirdre Simon Dore, Alicia Elliott, Bill Gaston, Liz Harmer, Brad Hartle, David Huebert, Reg Johanson, Amy Jones, Michael LaPointe, Stephen Marche, Lisa Moore, Kathy Page, and Alex Pugsley.
By Afua Cooper, Whitney French. 2019
An anthology of African-Canadian writing, 'Black Writing Matters' offers a cross-section of established writers and newcomers to the literary world… who tackle contemporary and pressing issues with beautiful, sometimes raw, prose. As Whitney French says in her introduction, it "injects new meaning into the word diversity [and] harbours a sacredness and an everydayness that offers Black people dignity." An "invitation to read, share, and tell stories of Black narratives that are close to the bone," this collection feels particular to the Black Canadian experience. 2019.
By Collectif. 2003
Dix poètes de dix pays différents (Liban, France, Italie, Israël, Portugal, etc.) adressent à la jeunesse une lettre et un… poème sur le thème de l'espoir et sur le rôle de la poésie dans notre monde. Pour les lecteurs d'école secondaire. 2003.
By John Metcalf, Leon Rooke. 1989
A collection of short stories, poetry, literary criticism, and memoirs by Canadian authors such as Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Patricia… Young and Al Purdy. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.
By Sandra Martin, Frances Hanna. 1994
A collection of stories told, or retold, by Canadian authors. Includes everything from old-time children's favourites to science fiction, and… authors such as L.M. Montgomery, Margaret Atwood, Sheila Burnford, Dennis Lee, and Janet Lunn. Grades 3-6. 1994.
By Rudyard Kipling. 1989
By Jan Andrews. 1981
By Barbara Hehner. 1999
An anthology that celebrates Canada's life and times, filled with stories, songs, poems, and legends. Beginning with native creation myths,… a cross-section of Canadian history follows, including the discovery of the New World, early settlement, and Confederation, as well as legends, humour, and multiculturalism. Highlights classic pieces, such as "In Flanders Fields" and "The Hockey Sweater", as well as hidden gems. For Grade 2 and up. 1999.
By Bassey Ikpi. 2019
A Publishers Weekly Spring Preview Selection A deeply personal collection of essays exploring Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi's experiences navigating Bipolar… II and anxiety throughout the course of her life. Bassey Ikpi was born in Nigeria in 1976. Four years later, she and her mother joined her father in Stillwater, Oklahoma -a move that would be anxiety ridden for any child, but especially for Bassey. Her early years in America would come to be defined by tension: an assimilation further complicated by bipolar II and anxiety that would go undiagnosed for decades. By the time she was in her early twenties, Bassey was a spoken word artist and traveling with HBO's Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, channeling her experiences into art. But something wasn't right-beneath the facade of the confident performer, Bassey's mental health was in a precipitous decline, culminating in a breakdown that resulted in hospitalization and a diagnosis of Bipolar II. Determined to learn from her experiences-and share them with others-Bassey became a mental health advocate and has spent the fourteen years since her diagnosis examining the ways mental health is inextricably intertwined with every facet of ourselves and our lives. Viscerally raw and honest, the result is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of who we are-and the ways, as honest as we try to be, each of these stories can also be a lie.
By Robertson Davies, Judith Skelton Grant. 1979
By Oscar Wilde, Stephen Calloway, David Colvin. 1997
A collection which showcases Wilde's fabulous verbal dexterity. Based on two books published during his lifetime, The Maxims of Oscar… Wilde and Oscariana, and organized by subject. Includes many epigrams and sayings which ridiculed the conventional wisdom of Wilde's day and skewered its hypocrisies. 1997.
By Beth Brant. 1988
By Thomas J Lyon. 1999
More than forty selections, most written by twentieth-century authors such as Robinson Jeffers, John Steinbeck, Jack Schaefer, N. Scott Momaday,… Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, Gary Snyder, Louis L'Amour, Rick Bass, William Kittredge, Denise Chavez, Amy Tan, and Sam Shepard. Includes chronology of events and suggested reading. Strong language and some violence. 1999.
By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Avrahm Yarmolinsky. 1975