• Language Arts & Disciplines

Serious Daring

Creative Writing in Four Genres
Author: Lisa Roney
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199941629
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 608
View: 7865
Top Three Reasons to Adopt This Book * Flexible Structure. This innovative text features a flexible organization that allows for different course structures and various teaching approaches. * Practical Lessons. In addition to a comprehensive introduction to Creative Writing craft, the book provides practical tips and poses questions to prepare students for continuing their writing lives long term. * Fresh Readings. The anthology offers up a fresh mix of classic and newer reading selections that promote step-by-step instruction in the craft and encourage further discussion.

    • Literary Criticism

Attack of the Copula Spiders

Essays on Writing
Author: Douglas Glover
Publisher: Biblioasis
ISBN: 1926845471
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
View: 5913
A GLOBE & MAIL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR 2012 “Glover is a master of narrative structure.” —Wall Street Journal In the tradition of E.M. Forster, John Gardner, and James Wood, Douglas Glover has produced a book on writing at once erudite, anecdotal, instructive, and amusing. Attack of the Copula Spiders represents the accumulated wisdom of a remarkable literary career: novelist, short story writer, essayist, teacher and mentor, Glover has for decades been asking the vital questions. How does the way we read influence the way we write? What do craft books fail to teach aspiring writers about theme, about plot and subplot, about constructing point of view? How can we maintain drama on the level of the sentence—and explain drama in the sentences of others? What is the relationship of form and art? How do you make words live? Whether his subject is Alice Munro, Cervantes, or the creative writing classroom, Glover’s take is frank and fresh, demonstrating again and again that graceful writers must first be strong readers. This collection is a call-to-arms for all lovers of English, and Attack of the Copula Spiders our best defense against the assaults of a post-literate age. Douglas Glover is the award-winning author of five story collections, four novels, and two works of non-fiction. He is currently on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. Praise for Douglas Glover "So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees well beyond the tissue of words into ... the author's poetic grace." - The New Yorker "Glover invents his own assembly of critical approaches and theories that is eclectic, personal, scholarly, and smart ... a direction for future literary criticism to take." - The Denver Quarterly "A ribald, raunchy wit with a talent for searing self-investigation." - The Globe and Mail "Knotty, intelligent, often raucously funny." - Maclean's "Passionately intricate." - The Chicago Tribune "Darkly humorous, simultaneously restless and relentless." - Kirkus Reviews

    • Performing Arts

Outstanding Short Plays, Volume Three

Author: Craig Pospisil
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
ISBN: 0822235595
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 163
View: 3572
52ND TO BOWERY TO COBBLE HILL, IN BROOKLYN by Chiara Atik. Halle hails a taxi after a party, when Alison, her aggressively bubbly friend, pushes into the cab too. It’s clear Halle didn’t want to ride with her, but she puts up with it until Alison asks if she’s mad at her, so Halle comes right out and tells her “I just don’t like you very much.” (2 women.) ANNIVERSARY SEASON by Jenny Lyn Bader. Zoe and Matt got married during hurricane season, and each year when their anniversary rolls around they seem to battle each other or prepare for another storm. Will their marriage last? Will they remember their anniversary? Will the power be knocked out again? (1 man, 1 woman.) CAPTURING THE FORT by Arlene Hutton. Carrie and Michael are US Marines on security duty in a desert war zone. They would seem to have little in common. Michael seems to be “one of the boys,” and Carrie is married with a husband back home. But with little to do but talk, these two soldiers begin to connect. (1 man, 1 woman.) CARRIE & FRANCINE by Ruby Rae Spiegel. Carrie, 13, asks her friend Francine to help her get ready for a make-out session at a bar mitzvah. Having seen too many Girls Gone Wild videos, Carrie thinks she’s the right age to go wild herself. These girls can be cruel and talk like truck drivers, but there’s an odd innocence to them as well. And somehow, they may be okay in the end. (3 women.) DISSONANCE by Craig Pospisil. Tricia returns to the Berkshires to deal with her mother’s death following a battle with Alzheimer’s, but at the funeral home she collides with Fitz, a prodigy and former piano student of her mother’s, with secrets of his own, who challenges her choices. (1 man, 1 woman.) INTO YOU by Lee Blessing. A week after being drugged and raped at a frat party, Molly brings home a drunken man from another party. She doesn’t know him. She doesn’t know who raped her. But she plans to exact her revenge on him. (1 man, 3 women.) MERCURY IS PERPETUALLY IN RETROGRADE SO STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT by Kara Lee Corthron. Polly’s life is great. Her mother just sent her two tickets to Wicked. What could go wrong? Then her boyfriend breaks up with her. And her best friend does too. And her mother changes her phone number. And that’s just the start of things… (1 man, 3 women.) NAPOLEON IN EXILE by Daniel Reitz. A single mother, sick with cancer, struggles to talk to her low-functioning twenty-five-year-old son with Asperger’s about how he might take care of himself when she’s gone. (1 man, 1 woman.) ON THE MENU by Rob Ackerman. A mother tries to talk to her fourteen-year-old daughter about sex before she goes off to culinary camp for the summer. The daughter—of course—wants nothing to do with this conversation. But her mother persists, until the daughter finds a way to turn the tables on her. (2 women.) RULES OF COMEDY by Patricia Cotter. Caroline is really, really not funny. Which is why she hires Guy, a stand-up comedian with some hang-ups of his own, to teach her how to tell jokes. But it turns out that they both have things to learn from one another, about life as well as laughter. (1 man, 1 woman.) A SWEET AND BITTER PROVIDENCE by Julia Jordan. Late at night, outside their father’s hospital room, Molly, Grace, and Lucy argue about which of them should tell their brother Sam to break up with “that girl” they can’t stand. It seems catty, but they love their brother and their family. And they may be right. (1 man, 3 women.)

    • Fiction

Some Fun

Stories and a Novella
Author: Antonya Nelson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743218736
Category: Fiction
Page: 237
View: 8047
Seven short stories and a novella depict the impact of illness, addiction, and divorce on family life, often focusing on the inner lives of troubled teenagers.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines


Creative Writing in Four Genres
Author: Diane Thiel
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780321127617
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 402
View: 8561
In Crossroads, a wealth of exercises and rich diversity of models address the elements of writing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama while developing an individual's writing skills. Clear, concise discussions of particular techniques of creative writing are followed by practice of these individual techniques. Potent, vital models are offered in an extensive anthology of classic and contemporary readings.

    • Fiction

Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!

Author: Zachary Tyler Vickers
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253019850
Category: Fiction
Page: 202
View: 7392
Searing, troubling, and funny, these revolutionary, linked stories flit and dart among the shadows of small town life, and the touching and heartbreaking characters that occupy it. Employees use roadkill instead of faux pelts during a build-a-critter battle for mall supremacy. Former band geeks are harassed with mutilated musical instruments and then murdered. The collection is haunted by allusions to a fatal cannonball jump that crescendos in the explosive final story. An extraordinary addition to the canon of gonzo fiction, Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! introduces Zachary Tyler Vickers as an exciting new author whose unflinching prose grabs you and won’t let go.

    • Poetry

Theater of Parts

Author: M. Mack
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781939675330
Category: Poetry
Page: 92
View: 2244

    • Biography & Autobiography

My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

Author: Brian Turner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393245020
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
View: 4282
“Stunning . . . a triumph of form and content. . . . History can only be served by this kind of attention.”—New York Times Book Review In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now he lies awake each night beside his sleeping wife, imagining himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and Northern Ireland, the killing fields of Cambodia and the death camps of Europe. In this breathtaking memoir, award-winning poet Brian Turner retraces his war experience—pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath. Free of self-indulgence or self-glorification, his account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make reality comprehensible. Across time, he seeks parallels in the histories of others who have gone to war, especially his taciturn grandfather (World War II), father (Cold War), and uncle (Vietnam). Turner also offers something that is truly rare in a memoir of violent conflict—he sees through the eyes of the enemy, imagining his way into the experience of the "other." Through it all, he paints a devastating portrait of what it means to be a soldier and a human being.

    • Poetry

Beautiful Zero

Author: Jennifer Willoughby
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
ISBN: 1571319425
Category: Poetry
Page: 96
View: 9767
Incantatory, intimate, and incendiary, the poems of this award-winning debut are filled with explosive wit and humor like “a knife you don’t see coming.” A kaleidoscopic intelligence flows through Beautiful Zero, embracing forms of culture high and low in effort to finding meaning in the chaos. Poems about Shark Week and college football sit beside Roman Polanski and biting critiques of modern war. A series of poems set in a Kaiser Permanente hospital tear into the world of privatized health care while simultaneously charting a story of love in the face of catastrophe. Yet even at her most surreal, Willoughby always finds the pulsing heart at the core of the poem. She embraces what she cannot understand about both the world and herself because after all, “Nothing is as random as they say it is. / You were born the weirdo that you are.”

Interrupted Geographies

Author: Iris Jamahl Dunkle
Publisher: Trio House Press
ISBN: 9780996586474
Page: N.A
View: 2277

    • Fiction

A Long Way Down

Author: Nick Hornby
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594633568
Category: Fiction
Page: 333
View: 9765
Meeting on New Year's Eve on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination infamous as a last stop for suicidal people, a talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother share stories about their circumstances and decisions.

    • Fiction

We Can't Help It If We're from Florida

New Stories from a Sinking Peninsula
Author: Shane Hinton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781941681879
Category: Fiction
Page: 200
View: 6874
'As hot and wild and dangerous as our beloved (or is it bedeviled?) state, itself.'' -- Lauren Groff, author of ''Fates & Furies''

    • Young Adult Fiction

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Author: Rachel Cohn,David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375896686
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 272
View: 2482
A whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist! “I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” 16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges. What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Co-written by Rachel Cohn (GINGERBREAD) and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers scouring bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Poetry

The Open Door

One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of "Poetry" Magazine
Author: Don Share,Christian Wiman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226750701
Category: Poetry
Page: 213
View: 4055
A celebratory anthology of works from Poetry magazine includes pieces by Adrienne Rich, Charles Bukowski, Isaac Rosenberg and many more.

    • Fiction

Still Life with Insects

Author: Brian Kiteley
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1619026503
Category: Fiction
Page: 125
View: 6141
Originally published in 1989 by Ticknor & Fields, Brian Kiteley’s Still Life with Insects is the intensely focused chronicle of Elwyn Farmer, an amateur entomologist, who uses the field notes of his insect sightings to examine and reweave the tattered fragments of his life. In a series of visually powerful and emotionally breathtaking vignettes Kiteley distills the transient beauty of the natural world and lays bare the suffering and joy of one man’s life from his maturity in the post-war years to very old age in the 19809’s. His striking narrative technique aptly captures the experience we all have as we struggle to make sense of what it means to be human in the face of the inevitable passage of time.

    • Fiction

The Road

Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307267458
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 8644
NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Changing Creative Writing in America

Strengths, Weaknesses, Possibilities
Author: Prof. Graeme Harper
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
ISBN: 178309883X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 208
View: 5486
In this compelling collection of essays contributors critically examine Creative Writing in American Higher Education. Considering Creative Writing teaching, learning and knowledge, the book recognizes historical strengths and weaknesses. The authors cover topics ranging from the relationship between Creative Writing and Composition and Literary Studies to what it means to write and be a creative writer; from new technologies and neuroscience to the nature of written language; from job prospects and graduate study to the values of creativity; from moments of teaching to persuasive ideas and theories; from interdisciplinary studies to the qualifications needed to teach Creative Writing in contemporary Higher Education. Most of all it explores the possibilities for the future of Creative Writing as an academic subject in America.

    • Biography & Autobiography

How the Light Gets In

Writing as a Spiritual Practice
Author: Pat Schneider
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199933987
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 303
View: 4075
"'When I begin to write, I open myself and wait. And when I turn toward an inner spiritual awareness, I open myself and wait.' With that insight, Pat Schneider invites readers to contemplate their lives through spiritual observation and exploratory writing. In seventeen concise thematic chapters that include meditations on topics such as fear, prayer, forgiveness, social justice, and death, How the Light Gets In gracefully guides readers through the philosophical and spiritual questions that face everyone in the course of meeting life's challenges. Praised as a 'fuse lighter' by author Julia Cameron and 'the wisest teacher of writing I know' by the celebrated writing guru Peter Elbow, Pat Schneider has lived a life of writing and teaching, passion and compassion. With How the Light Gets In, she delves beyond the typical 'how-to's' of writing to offer an extended rumination on two inner paths, and how they can run as one. Schneider's book is distinct from the many others in the popular spirituality and creative writing genre by virtue of its approach, using one's lived experience--including the experience of writing--as a springboard for expressing the often ineffable events that define everyday life. Her belief that writing about one's own life leads to greater consciousness, satisfaction, and wisdom energizes the book and carries the reader elegantly through difficult topics. As Schneider writes, 'All of us live in relation to mystery, and becoming conscious of that relationship can be a beginning point for a spiritual practice--whether we experience mystery in nature, in ecstatic love, in the eyes of our children, our friends, the animals we love, or in more strange experiences of intuition, synchronicity, or prescience.'"--Provided by publisher.

    • Fiction

Sex and the City

Author: Candace Bushnell
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9780802195869
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
View: 6511
Sex and the City—the original stories that started it all—now available as an eBook! Sex and the City is a fantastic and sometimes terrifying foray into the hearts, minds, and mating habits of modern-day New Yorkers. Traveling in packs from lavish parties to high-end clubs, Bushnell’s vividly candid characters live out the never-ending search for the perfect relationship. Bushnell’s firsthand commentary on the behavior of the rich and famous is by turns witty and shocking, and always boldly true. In these pages you will meet “Carrie,” the young writer looking for love in all the wrong places; “Samantha Jones,” the successful proto-cougar who approaches sex just like a man; and “Mr. Big,” the captain of industry who jumps from one bed to the next. Equal parts soap opera, gossip page, sociological study, and dating manual, Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell’s former New York Observer column, has attracted a cult following and been adapted into two major motion pictures and one of the most popular TV series of our time. This is the groundbreaking work that both decoded and shaped a culture and a generation.

    • Poetry

The Oxford Book of American Poetry

Author: David Lehman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019516251X
Category: Poetry
Page: 1132
View: 2265
Redefines the great canon of American poetry from its origins in the 17th century right up to the present.