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By Elizabeth Hardwick. 1951
Essays on music, art, pop culture, literature, and politics by the renowned essayist and observer of contemporary life, now collected…together for the first time. The Uncollected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick is a companion collection to The Collected Essays, a book that proved a revelation of what, for many, had been an open secret: that Elizabeth Hardwick was one of the great American literary critics, and an extraordinary stylist in her own right. The thirty-five pieces that Alex Andriesse has gathered here—none previously featured in volumes of Hardwick&’s work—make it clear that her powers extended far beyond literary criticism, encompassing a vast range of subjects, from New York City to Faye Dunaway, from Wagner&’s Parsifal to Leonardo da Vinci&’s inventions, and from the pleasures of summertime to grits soufflé. In these often surprising, always well-wrought essays, we see Hardwick&’s passion for people and places, her politics, her thoughts on feminism, and her ability, especially from the 1970s on, to write well about seemingly anything.
By Carol O'Connell. 1998
The New York Times–bestselling author discusses her crime-solving hacker heroine, &“surely one of the genre&’s oddest and most interesting creations&”…(Chicago Tribune). When the NYPD detective and sociopath known simply as Mallory made her series debut, John Sandford called her &“one of the most interesting new characters to come along in years.&” A homeless wild child who was taken in by a New York City cop and grew up to follow in his footsteps, she possesses a skill set—including a talent for computer hacking—that allows her to track down her prey like no one else. In this insightful essay, author Carol O&’Connell shares fascinating insights about her origins, her psychology, and her strikingly different sense of right and wrong. &“Mallory is not your usual plucky and generally wholesome mystery solver. Jane Marple would probably cross the street to avoid making eye contact with her.&” —The Washington Post Book World &“Mallory is a marvelous creation.&” —Jonathan Kellerman, New York Times–bestselling author of the Alex Hunter novels
By David Morrell. 2009
The New York Times–bestselling author tells the story behind the creation of his iconic character during an era of violence…and polarization in America. In an era when the Vietnam War raged and police and protestors battled in the streets, a young writer introduced Rambo—a disillusioned and angry trained killer who&’d returned to America a ticking time bomb—in a novel called First Blood. The character would go on to appear in a wildly popular action film in which he led the authorities on an extraordinary manhunt, as well as in several sequels. Here, award–winning author David Morrell reveals the origins of the now world-famous figure and the influences that shaped him in this surprising and candid essay. Previously published under the title Rambo and Me
By Ian Rankin. 2009
The New York Times–bestselling author tells the story behind Inspector Rebus, the hard-edged Edinburgh cop and &“superbly drawn character&” (The…Times, London). In this short work, Edgar and Diamond Dagger Award winner Ian Rankin delves into DI John Rebus&’s origins as a character, as well as his own origins as a writer. While author and character share a love of literature and a deep affection for Scotland&’s capital city, they differ in other ways, as Rankin entertainingly testifies, while revealing how this &“compelling figure&” has developed over the course of his long-running series of gritty crime novels (Kirkus Reviews). &“[A] hard-drinking, chain-smoking, terminally melancholic hero . . . trapped in a world where mavericks are an endangered species.&” —Booklist &“Rebus is without doubt one of the funniest among the classical fictional detectives.&” —The Guardian &“With his stubborn insistence on tying up the frayed ends of every knotty clue, and iconoclastic refusal to be a team player . . . Rebus is a bane to his superiors but a blessing to readers.&” —Publishers Weekly
By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child. 2009
#1 New York Times–bestselling authors: Get to know the ruthless, mysterious FBI agent, &“one of thrillerdom&’s most exciting and intriguing…series leads&” (Booklist). Acclaimed as &“a modern-day Sherlock Holmes&” (Associated Press) with a brilliant mind, a cultured manner, and a dark edge, Special Agent Aloysius X. L. Pendergast has calmly looked evil in the face throughout the long-running series that includes such novels as The Cabinet of Curiosities—named one of NPR&’s 100 Best Thrillers Ever—and Crooked River. In this essay, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child discuss how the character came to be created, his enigmatic backstory, and the history of their own wildly successful writing partnership. &“The most charming, intelligent, cool, and creepy agent ever written.&” —Suspense Magazine &“Every bit the modern equivalent of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.&”―Providence Journal
Navigate through the hard times in life by accessing your inner strength and wisdom with this interactive guide from clinical…psychologist and executive coach Dr. Perpetua Neo.Personal crises causes change, both around you and in you. The good news is that you have the power to use this change to positively impact your future. In This Is What Matters, Dr. Perpetua Neo teaches you how to access your inner strength and wisdom and use them to navigate through the hard times so you can live a life full of meaning. This interactive guide offers step-by-step prompts and exercises to help you: -Understand, process, and manage your emotions -Identify your values, goals, and strengths -Evaluate what you want most in your relationships, home, career, community, and life experiences -Create realistic and actionable plans to achieve your goals, and overcome obstacles holding you back With This Is What Matters you can start charting your new path to a successful life—one that promises more happiness, productivity, and love—today.
By Caldwell Andrew. 2010
Did you know that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian and his longtime private chef was Jewish? What dish played an…integral role in Marilyn Monroe's unsuccessful bid to woo back Bobby Kennedy? Part historical narrative and part grilling guide and cookbook, Andrew Caldwell's Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals guides history buffs and gourmands alike through gastronomically inspired biographical accounts of more than 20 legendary personalities. Unearthing recipes as far back as 323 B.C., Caldwell, the History Chef, provides insight into 2,000 years of culinary lore. Each historical figure's profile includes a brief description of pursuits and accomplishments as well as little-known anecdotes, popular foods of his or her time period, recipes for the figure's actual last meal, and cooking tips. Because the kitchens of Montezuma, Caesar, and other notables profiled within the book were often very basic, Caldwell brings their fare into modern kitchens, although he strongly believes that, whenever possible, grills and open fires should be used for most dishes and therefore provides specific preparation tips throughout.From the Titanic's 12-course tasting menu to personal recipes for Princess Diana's Favorite Watercress Soup, Elvis Presley's Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, Julius Caesar's Ambrosia, Cleopatra's Hummus, and Stone Crab a la Kennedy, historians and foodies alike will relish the trivia and tastings paired within Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals.
By Tanya Shadrick. 2022
Just days into motherhood, a woman begins dying. Fast and without warning. On return from near-death, Tanya Shadrick vows to…stop sleepwalking through life. To take more risks, like the characters in the fairy tales she loved as a small girl, before loss and fear had her retreat into routine and daydreams. Around the care of young children, she starts to play with the shape and scale of her days: to stray from the path, get lost in the woods, make bargains with strangers. As she moves beyond her respectable roles as worker, wife and mother in a small town, Tanya learns what it takes - and costs - to break the spell of longing for love, approval, safety, rescue.
By Joanna Johnson, Margaret J. Marshall, Isis Artze-Vega, James Britton, Deirdre Fagan, Judy Hood. 2009
The first composition text to present in-depth primary and secondary research methods, disciplinary readings and writing instruction to facilitate authentic…investigations. <p><p> Composing Inquiry is a reader/rhetoric that takes seriously the call to engage undergraduates in intellectual work. All of the readings included here serve to illustrate methods of research and investigation used in various academic disciplines, and all inspire similar projects that can be done by undergraduate students as they learn to work on their writing. <p><p>Unlike traditional readers, Composing Inquiry also includes chapters meant to help students understand methods of inquiry commonly used by scholars to collect data or test theories. These method chapters can be used in conjunction with the readings or independently, depending on the program/course goals or the preferences of individual teachers.
By Christina S. Beck. 2022
This book provides an inside look at the discipline of Communication. In this collection of chapters, top scholars from a wide…range of subfields discuss how they have experienced and how they study the crucial issues of our time. The 2020s opened with a series of events with massive implications for the ways we communicate, from the COVID-19 pandemic, a summer of protests for social justice, and climate change-related natural disasters, to one of the most contentious presidential elections in modern U.S. history. The chapters in this book provide snapshots of many of these issues as seen through the eyes of specialists in the major subfields of Communication, including interpersonal, organizational, strategic, environmental, religious, social justice, risk, sport, health, family, instructional, and political communication. Written in an informal style that blends personal narrative with accessible explanation of basic concepts, the book is ideal for introducing students to the range and practical applications of Communication discipline. This book comprises a valuable companion text for Introduction to Communication courses as well as a primary resource for Capstone and Introduction to Graduate Studies courses. Further, this collection provides meaningful insights for Communication scholars as we look ahead to the remainder of the 2020s and beyond.
By Laura Kasinof. 2011
Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years later--after a friend at a late-night party…in Washington, DC, recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist. When she first moved to the capital city of Sanaa in 2009, she was the only American reporter based in the country. She quickly fell in love with Yemen’s people and culture, and even found herself the star of a local TV soap opera. When antigovernment protests broke out in Yemen in 2011, part of the revolts sweeping the Arab world at the time, she contacted the New York Times to see if she could cover the rapidly unfolding events for the newspaper. Laura never planned to be a war correspondent, but found herself in the middle of brutal government attacks on peaceful protesters. As foreign reporters were rounded up and shipped out of the country, Laura managed to elude the authorities but found herself increasingly isolated--and even more determined to report on what she saw. With a new foreword by the author about what has happened in Yemen since the book’s initial publication, Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets is a fascinating and important debut by a talented young journalist.
Memorable Stories From a Half Century of Sports Journalism For the last half century, Pulitzer Prize–winning sportswriter Ira Berkow has…been at the center of some of the most memorable moments in sports history. From the World Series, NBA Finals, and Super Bowl, to Heavyweight Title Fights, the Olympics, and The Masters, he has seen and covered them all. After fifty years covering sports, with more than twenty-five as a journalist for the New York Times, How Life Imitates Sports shares how these events—and their participants—have significantly shaped how we as a nation have come to understand and perceive our culture (and even our politics). They are a historical record of one significant sphere of our life and times: sports. From Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan to LeBron James, Jackie Robinson to Derek Jeter, Billie Jean King to Tonya Harding, O. J. Simpson to Tiger Woods and beyond, this collection is a historical record of our times over this past half century, in terms of society, race and gender, politics, legal issues, and the fabric of our sports passions and human condition, ranging from pathos to humor, from introspection to perception. Including additional commentary on when these events first occurred and how they have impacted us today, Berkow shares the knowledge of someone who sat ringside, in the press box, and on the sidelines for some of the most notable moments in our history. So whether you&’re a fan of baseball and basketball, or tennis and soccer, How Life Imitates Sports shows you our history from someone who witnessed it first-hand; a worthy collection for anyone who appreciates the highest quality sports journalism.
The Earth is flat, the World Trade Center collapse was a controlled demolition, planes are spraying poison to control the…weather, and actors faked the Sandy Hook massacre…. All these claims are bunk: falsehoods, mistakes, and in some cases, outright lies. But many people passionately believe one or more of these conspiracy theories. They consume countless books and videos, join like-minded online communities, try to convert those around them, and even, on occasion, alienate their own friends and family. Why is this, and how can you help people, especially those closest to you, break free from the downward spiral of conspiracy thinking? In Escaping the Rabbit Hole, author Mick West shares over a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience investigating and debunking false conspiracy theories through his forum, MetaBunk.org, and sets forth a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the most successful approaches to helping individuals escape a rabbit hole aren’t comprised of simply explaining why they are wrong; rather, West’s tried-and-tested approach emphasizes clear communication based on mutual respect, honesty, openness, and patience. West puts his debunking techniques and best practices to the test with four of the most popular false conspiracy theories today (Chemtrails, 9/11 Controlled Demolition, False Flags, and Flat Earth) — providing road maps to help you to understand your friend and help them escape the rabbit hole. These are accompanied by real-life case studies of individuals who, with help, were able to break free from conspiracism. With sections on:the wide spectrum of conspiracy theories avoiding the “shill” label psychological factors and other complications(and concluding with) a look at the future of debunking, Mick West has put forth a conclusive, well-researched, practical reference on why people fall down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole and how you can help them escape.
By Rich Coutinho. 2017
Press Box Revolution is a journey through the evolution of reporting in New York and around the nation by a…reporter who has witnessed every second of it in the past three decades. Rich Coutinho, a New York-based reporter who has covered numerous major sporting events, will escort readers into corners of the press box and locker room they have never seen and discusses what the business will look like down the road. Coutinho gives an insider’s view of the evolving technology in the business, the growth of women in sports creating much needed diversity in the reporting landscape, the emergence of sports talk radio and the Internet, as well as the personalities on the New York sports scene that make it so challenging to cover. Press Box Revolution lifts the curtain on all the myths about how sports is reported and it will help fans realistically evaluate the information they read and hear that is labeled "Breaking News” or "Insider Report.” It is a must-read for all well-informed fans and aspiring sports journalists.
By Brian Leaf. 2020
Inject Fresh Energy into your Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit If you feel unsatisfied, unmotivated, unchallenged, or frankly, stuck in…your work, home, romantic, or spiritual life, the short and easy-to-follow inspirational journal prompts in this book are here to help. Unstuck is the first step to a new you. Journaling can help you change your attitude, better express your emotions, and surrender to spirit and grace. These journal prompts will help you unlock your energy and creativity to see things in a different light and open the door to new possibilities. Prompts include: Try a bit more or a bit less caffeine today. How does this affect you?What is the best advice you have ever received from a teacher?What do you really want to accomplish in life?What would you do differently today if you had only a year to live?And so much more! There&’s no wrong way to use this book. Choose any one of four core categories (body, mind, heart, or spirit), and work your way through. You can start from the beginning, work backward from the last page to the first, or flip this book open at random and leave it up to chance. What do you say? It&’s time to break the rut.
By Jon Mooallem. 2022
From the discovery of the author&’s face in a century-old photograph to a triple-amputee hospice director working at the border…of life and death, here are thirteen hopeful, heartbreaking, and profound essays from &“one of the most intelligent, compassionate, and curious authors working today&” (Elizabeth Gilbert). ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Lit HubBeneath the self-assured and serious faces we wear, every human life is full of longing, guesswork, and confusion—a scramble to do the best we can and make everything up as we go along. In these wide-ranging essays, Jon Mooallem chronicles the beauty of our blundering and the inescapability of our imperfections. He investigates the collapse of a multimillion-dollar bird-breeding scam run by an aging farmer known as the Pigeon King, intimately narrates a harrowing escape from California&’s deadliest wildfire, visits an eccentric Frenchman building a town at what he claims is the center of the world, shadows a man through his first day of freedom after twenty-one years in prison, and more—all with a deep conviction that it&’s our vulnerability, not our victories, that connect us.Mooallem&’s powers of perception have established him as one of the most distinctive, empathic, and clear-sighted narrative journalists working today. The Wall Street Journal has called his writing &“as much art as it is journalism,&” and Jia Tolentino has praised his &“grace and command.&” In Serious Face, Mooallem brings to life the desperate hopes and urgent fears of the people he meets, telling their stories with empathy, humor, insight, and kindness. These elegant, moving essays form an idiosyncratic tapestry of human experience: our audacity and fallibility, our bumbling and goodwill. In moments of calamity and within the extreme absurdity of everyday life, can we learn to love the people we really are, behind the serious faces we show the world?
Stay connected to your person, yourself, and the world around you in the aftermath of loss. Modern Loss is all about eradicating the stigma and…awkwardness around grief while also focusing on our capacity for resilience and finding meaning. In this interactive guide, Modern Loss cofounder Rebecca Soffer offers candid, practical, and witty advice for confronting a future without your person, honoring their memory, dealing with trigger days, managing your professional life, and navigating new and existing relationships. You&’ll find no worn-out platitudes or empty assurances here. With prompts, creative projects, innovative rituals, therapeutic-based exercises, and more, this is the place to explore the messy, long arc of loss on your own timeline—and without judgment.
Anna-Lena Wagner konzipiert in ihrer Arbeit aus sozialintegrativer Perspektive Grundzüge einer lokalen Gesellschaft und befasst sich mit nahraumspezifischen Qualitäten des Journalismus.…In einer empirischen Analyse liefert sie erstens detaillierte Befunde zu den Inhalten des Lokaljournalismus: Wie kritisch berichtet er z. B. über politische Angelegenheiten? Wie intensiv kommen 'normale' Bürgerinnen und Bürger bei Fragen des Alltags zu Wort? Welche Relevanz hat die Berichterstattung über Kultur- und Vereinsthemen? Dazu hat die Autorin Daten einer Inhaltsanalyse von 103 Lokalausgaben von Zeitungen und ihren Onlineablegern in Deutschland, erhoben im DFG-Projekt "Lokaljournalismus in Deutschland", sekundäranalytisch ausgewertet. Die Autorin präsentiert zweitens Bestimmungsfaktoren der lokaljournalistischen Qualität, die sie in einem umfangreichen explorativen Vorgehen ermittelt hat. Sie zeigt auf, inwiefern Faktoren verschiedener Analyseebenen (z. B. redaktionelle Strukturen, Wettbewerbssituation von Zeitungen, gesellschaftlicher Kontext) die Qualität (mit-)bestimmen.
The Set Boundaries Workbook: Practical Exercises for Understanding Your Needs and Setting Healthy Limits
By Nedra Glover Tawwab. 2021
An accessible, step-by-step resource for setting, communicating, and enforcing healthy boundaries at home, at work, and in life.We all want…to have healthy boundaries. But what does that really mean - and what steps are needed to implement them in our daily lives? Sought-after therapist relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab presents clear explanations and interactive exercises to help you gain insight and then put it into action. Filled with thought-provoking checklists, questions, writing prompts, and more, THE SET BOUNDARIES WORKBOOK is a valuable tool for everyone who wants to speak up for what they want and need, and show up more authentically in the world.
Read by James Buckley aka unforgettable Jay from The Inbetweeners' With his trademark brand of bulldozer-banter, Twitter legend James Felton…guides you through the most morbidly fascinating facts you'll then wish you could forget. Ever wondered why the chainsaw was invented?* How authorities dealt with a beached whale back in ye olde days of 1970?** Or what being a human decanter entails?*** Then you've come to the right place! Within these pages you'll find the maddest, strangest and downright grossest stories from history, nature and science that you don't want to know. (Except secretly you really do you masochistic, beastly person you.) Illustrated, painfully funny and drop-your-jaw ridiculous, this is trivia from the cesspit of time that you won't be able to stop reading once you start.*To aid childbirth.**They exploded it with 100 times too much dynamite and rained blubber down on unsuspecting people and buildings.***Decency prevents us from answering this one here. You'll have to buy the book to find out.