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    • The Association of Jewish Libraries guide to Yiddish short stories
    • Realms of literacy : early Japan and the history of writing
      Realms of literacy : early Japan and the history of writing
      David B. Lurie.
      In the world history of writing, Japan presents an unusually detailed record of transition to literacy. Extant materials attest to the social, cultural, and political contexts and consequences of the advent of writing and reading, from the earliest appearance of imported artifacts with Chinese inscriptions in the first century BCE, through the production of texts within the Japanese archipelago in the fifth century, to the widespread literacies and the simultaneous rise of a full-fledged state in the late seventh and eighth centuries. David B. Lurie explores the complex processes of adaptation and invention that defined the early Japanese transition from orality to textuality. Drawing on archaeological and archival sources varying in content, style, and medium, this book highlights the diverse modes and uses of writing that coexisted in a variety of configurations among different social groups. It offers new perspectives on the pragmatic contexts and varied natures of multiple simultaneous literacies, the relations between languages and systems of inscription, and the aesthetic dimensions of writing. Lurie's investigation into the textual practices of early Japan illuminates not only the cultural history of East Asia but also the broader comparative history of writing and literacy in the ancient world.
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    • A self made of words : crafting a distinctive persona in nonfiction writing
      A self made of words : crafting a distinctive persona in nonfiction writing
      Carl H. Klaus.
      In this wise and ingenious little guide, noted essayist Carl Klaus shows you how to adapt your self to the needs of such varied nonfiction, by varying his own persona to illustrate the distinctive effect produced by each aspect and element of writing.
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    • Writing from the inside out : the practice of free-form writing
    • Albert Camus : solitude and solidarity
      Albert Camus : solitude and solidarity
      Catherine Camus
      Using selected texts, photographs, and previously unpublished documents, Catherine Camus takes readers through the fascinating life and work of her father, Albert Camus, who, in his defense of the individual, also saw himself as the voice of the downtrodden. Writer, journalist, philosopher, playwright, and producer, he was a shining defender of freedom, whose art and person were dedicated to serving the dignity in humanity.
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    • The 20th century in poetry
      The 20th century in poetry
      edited by Michael Hulse and Simon Rae.
      A collection of over four hundred poems written in many parts of the English-speaking world in the twentieth century, including works by Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Chinua Achebe, Bob Dylan, Sylvia Plath, and John Updike, with brief biographies of each poet represented.
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    • Coyness and crime in restoration comedy : women's desire, deception, and agency
      Coyness and crime in restoration comedy : women's desire, deception, and agency
      Peggy Thompson.
      "Coyness and Crime examines the extraordinary focus on feminine coyness in forty English comedies by ten diverse playwrights of the late seventeenth-century. In contexts ranging from reaffirmations of church and king to emerging interests in liberty and novelty, these plays consistently reveal women caught in an ironic and nearly intractable convergence of objectification and culpability that allows them little innocent sexual agency; this is both the source and the legacy of coyness in Restoration comedy"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Memories of a Pre-Raphaelite youth : selections from the memoirs and autobiographical writings
    • The Lucky Santangelo cookbook
      The Lucky Santangelo cookbook
      Jackie Collins.
      "Bold, wildly beautiful, and totally her own woman, Lucky Santangelo needs no introduction. The sizzling, glamorous, sometimes dangerous daughter of former gangster Gino, Lucky is the most popular character in Jackie Collins's wild world of lust, intrigue, violence, and redemption. A true Italian/American woman of the world, Lucky likes to shake it up in the kitchen--from traditional Italian dishes to sumptuous desserts, and crazy cocktails. The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook features the kind of bold and audacious flavors that characterize Lucky herself. From zesty meatballs to sweet and spicy spare ribs, this book is packed with recipes suitable for everything from big family dinners to lavish cocktail parties to romantic dinners for two. The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is certain to broaden any home cook's repertoire in new and excitingly delicious directions. Fully illustrated and peppered throughout with fun and delightfully provocative scenes written just for this book, readers will enjoy seeing Lucky--and Jackie--in action. So--if you want a little taste of Lucky Santangelo in your life--get into the kitchen and start getting Lucky!"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The folklore of Discworld : legends, myths and customs from the Discworld with helpful hints from planet Earth
    • Teaching Harry Potter : the power of imagination in multicultural classrooms
      Teaching Harry Potter : the power of imagination in multicultural classrooms
      Catherine L. Belcher and Becky Herr Stephenson.
      "Teaching Harry Potter illuminates the experiences of three diverse teachers as they read the Potter novels in multicultural classrooms, pushing back against shrinking opportunities for literacy and imagination in urban schools. Utilizing a combination of ethnography, practitioner research, and critical analysis, the book provides an analytical commentary on school culture and policy, focusing on a sector that has been largely ignored in current debates about schooling--the role of teachers. Richly textured classroom narratives are complimented by analysis of the current state of the teaching profession and the potential of popular media and technology to support imagination and innovation in education"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
    • Alice Munro's narrative art
    • Love & misadventure
      Love & misadventure
      written & illustrated by Lang Leav.
      Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affairfrom the initial butterflies through the soaring heights to the devastating plunge. And, in the end, the message is one of hope. The journey from love to heartbreak to finding love again is personal yet universal. Lang Leav's evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey. Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.
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    • 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII : best of the small presses
      2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII : best of the small presses
      edited by Bill Henderson with the Pushcart Prize editors.

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    • The best American nonrequired reading 2013
      The best American nonrequired reading 2013
      edited by Dave Eggers
      Presents literature from mainstream and alternative American periodicals, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
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    • The letters of T. S. Eliot
      The letters of T. S. Eliot
      edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton
      The first volume of Eliot's correspondence covers his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, through 1922, when he married and settled in England. Volume two covers the time period of Eliot's publication of The Hallow Men and his developing ideas about poetry In volume three he undertakes a new career as publisher while continuing to write.
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    • Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs
      Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs
      Pearl Cleage.
      "In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to become a successful writer. In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit. But there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and '80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amidst personal and professional tumult. Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. Married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African-American mayor. Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs charts not only the political fights, but also the pull she began to feel to focus on her own passions, including writing--a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly (bought by Larry Flynt) to a playwright and Hollywood script writer, an artist at the crossroads of culture and politics whose circle came to include luminaries like Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson. By the time Oprah Winfrey picked What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day as a favorite, Cleage had long since arrived as a writer of renown. In the tradition of greats like Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron, Cleage's self-portrait raises women's confessional writing to the level of great literature"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Starboard wine : more notes on the language of science fiction
    • Another reason
    • Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything
      Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything
      Barbara Ehrenreich.
      "In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." Certain to be a classic, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Chasing Utopia
    • Under magnolia : a Southern memoir
      Under magnolia : a Southern memoir
      Frances Mayes.
      "A memoir of author Frances Mayes's coming of age in the Deep South, and of the region's powerful influence on her life. Mayes delves into the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the force of a chaotic and loving family"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • New and selected poems, 1962-2012
      New and selected poems, 1962-2012
      Charles Simic.
      "For over fifty years, Charles Simic has been widely celebrated for his brilliant and innovative poetic imagery, his sardonic wit, and a voice all his own. He has been awarded nearly every major literary prize for his poetry, including a Pulitzer and a MacArthur grant, in addition to serving as the poet laureate of the United States in 2007 and 2008. In this new volume, he distills his life's work, combining for the first time the best of his early poems with his later works--including nearly three dozen revisions--along with seventeen new, never-before-published poems. Simic's body of work draws inspiration from a range of topics, from the inscrutability of ordinary life to American blues, from folktales to marriage and war. Consistently exciting and unexpected, the nearly four hundred poems in this volume represent the best of one of America's most distinguished and original poets."-- From publisher description.
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    • William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back : Star Wars Part the Fifth
      William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back : Star Wars Part the Fifth
      by Ian Doescher
      A retelling of The Empire strikes back in iambic pentameter, the style of Shakespeare. Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star, and the evil Darth Vader has hatched a plan to capture the rebels. Will Lord Vader learn how sharper than a tauntaun's tooth it is to have a Jedi child?
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    • Experiments I should like tried at my own death
    • I live in a hut : poems
    • The how and the why
      The how and the why
      by Sarah Treem.
      Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-an-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
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