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Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Publisher: Palala Press
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They may or may not be able to join you Christmas day because they have
obligations to visit their in—laws or have to work the next day and can't travel, or
whatever the circumstance. You find yourself alone now, like once before in your
Author: Bob Elles
Intelligence comes from ignorance as wisdom comes from naiveté and there is nothing like gathering both from people who represent a diverse swath of nations throughout the world. As cultures require contact with each other in order to grow and remain viable, and not succumb to atrophy, man too requires contact with men of different beliefs and practices. No one nation or culture or religion has a hold on logic or is immune to extremism. I feel blessed that I’ve had the opportunity to absorb and learn about aspects of life that I’m sure I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. In fact, my whole belief system was changed over the past forty-five years through this contact. I began to do some research on my family and what I learned, coupled with what I had experienced in my life, literally brought me to tears in gratitude and admiration, and hopefully in wisdom. If you like to sit down and listen to stories told by, say, an old friend, an uncle, or a person with wrinkles on his face, grey in his hair, and a sparkle of wisdom in his eyes, coupled with a smile on his face, then you should so bother. If you don’t, then stop right here and go pick up and read a book on vampires or love’s lost or whatever turns your fancy. My life has been tragic and wondrous and I have what I call life lessons that I believe you will find helpful in your life. I’ll even go so far as to say that, given even a fraction of introspection in you, your life will be significantly altered after you’ve read this book. I know that doesn’t sound humble but I also know this to be true. I have learned, forgot, and made up many a good story. Keep this in mind when you read these chapters (stories) compiled within this book. Are they all true? Mostly, with only the most embarrassing events removed. An old retired Air Force fighter pilot once told me “I have secrets only God and I know – and that’s the way it will remain.”
With Stories of Your Life and Others, his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and ...
Author: Ted Chiang
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Includes 'Story of Your Life' the basis for the major motion picture Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Denis Villeneuve. With Stories of Your Life and Others, his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and evocative prose. From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the firmament above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality. . . Chiang's rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it.
Of particular interest to newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families, the final story recounts the author's own path during the eleven years since her diagnosis of breast cancer.
Author: Thelma Vaughan Mueller
Eight stories of exceptional insight into the human condition: A young student, faltering and unsure, finds himself caring for a dying neighbor and grows toward manhood. An eleven-year-old girl is caught between her mother, her father and her father's new wife. Teenage hoodlums wreak Halloween havoc. A retired woman tries to help a deprived young girl. An egocentric medical resident is tone-deaf to the value of his convenient wife. A grandmother watches her beloved grandson marry a beautiful but exploitative girl. In a purely fictional spoof, a wet and bedraggled George W. is confronted by an elderly teacher during an Alabama tornado. Of particular interest to newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families, the final story recounts the author's own path during the eleven years since her diagnosis of breast cancer.
In this collection of some autobiographical, others somewhat imaginary stories, the boundary between the real and the surreal must melt and cede to the One thing that matters.
Author: Danielius Pileckis
If you think that present-day physical reality is segregated from the otherworldly - think again. In this collection of some autobiographical, others somewhat imaginary stories, the boundary between the real and the surreal must melt and cede to the One thing that matters. In the words of Salidare Velt, 'small things lead to weird ones, and weird reality is often reducible to simple things - yet none the less diverse and complex for that!'
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Author: Peter Beach Morier
Preface: The Inner Man By Margaret A. Pitts Peter B. Morier, who is deaf and gay, knows why he exists. I met him at Chestnut Lane, an assisted-living facility for deaf and blind people, while he was doing court-ordered community service. He was living in the past and present, and he also hoped that there would be a future for him-because at that point, his future was uncertain. He does not like to waste time. Peter has given his life to serving justice rather than adding to the numerous injustices and inequalities and the never-ending violence and viciousness that the world contains. At one point, Peter had thought that he would not make a difference. But he realizes that he was wrong to feel that way. Furthermore, other people have said that he has indeed made a difference. He never regretted the commitment he made. Peter shared his feelings with me and, at this point in his life, he is ready to keep moving forward. He has written this book with two goals. He wants to remove the stigmas that have been wrongfully placed on his life and give credibility to the Deaf and gay perspective. My name is Margaret Pitts, and I reside in Gresham, Oregon. I am Peter's ghostwriter, and he also considers me to be his "adopted sister." One part of Peter's book is one of the saddest yet most joyful stories ever printed. It is the story of how Peter found peace again, overcoming his fears with a newfound trust and transforming his life. It is truly a wonderful story to read and very inspiring. Peter has been praised for managing to tell such a difficult story. How painful it must have been for him to look back at those difficult times and transcend them. It is a wonderfully strong story, an epic journey about hope, strength, justice, and overcoming a multitude of adversities. It is a true test of human spirit and should inspire everyone to reach their highest potential in life, no matter what physical, psychological, or emotional obstacles are placed in his or her way. Peter is one of the most remarkable and multitalented human beings I know. I am proud to be his sister.
Another stunt involved calling up Frank Sinatra in Hollywood, and leaving a
message saying “Jim called.” Paul, on the other hand, could wade into any
situation and, in that quiet, wise way of his, tell whoever was complaining to snap
out of it.
Author: Jim McCarty
Nobody Told Me is the long awaited autobiography by Jim McCarty, a founding and current member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Yardbirds, a founder member of Renaissance, Together and Box of Frogs, and an internationally respected songwriter. Open, honest, modest and affecting, Jim looks back on his long and remarkable career with both a keen eye for detail and his trademark sense of humour. From the birth of the British R&B boom to the latest incarnation of his much beloved band, Jim tells of his life on and off stage, alongside some of the most legendary musicians in rock history - including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (who also contributed the book's introduction). From the Yardbirds, the story unfolds across Together, Renaissance and Illusion, collaborations with the Pretty Things and the British Invasion All Stars, Box of Frogs, Stairway and more.
I. The children are in school, their older sister asleep upstairs, my pages
scattered across the ornamented floor. This is Brooklyn with innumerable birds.
Just this morning Lila picked up the book that had frightened her and said, “I can
read it in ...
Author: Beth Bosworth
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
From “The Eight Rhetorical Mode” Later he asked, “Would you like to go for a hike sometime?” and two trains of thought left the station: He means to get to know me and we might leave the city together and it’s been a long time since I climbed a mountain. That train chugged into a wider brighter country all the time. The other train went by another route through the panicked interior. He’s a lunatic, it whistled. He’s been in and out of hospitals. He will take you to a mountaintop and throw you right off into the bright air: choo choo! Post-divorce dating is one more cause for celebration (or a quick call in to the police) in Beth Bosworth’s revelatory new book, The Source of Life and Other Stories. The spine of this collection is a series of linked stories about Ruth Stein, a Brooklyn author whose first book has exposed her father’s abuses; while the voice here, speaking across a lifetime, ranges from bittersweet to humorous to lethal. In other stories Bosworth’s narrators—a mother left to care for her son’s suicidal dog, an editor haunted by a dog-eared manuscript—seem to grab hold of the reins and run off with their fates. Meanwhile Bosworth explores the extended family, the bonds of friendship, an apocalyptic Vermont, the rank yet redeemable Gowanus Canal; also rites of passage, race relations, divorce, middle-aged romance, dementia, funerals, alcoholism, and the Jewish religion. Reality is just another stumbling block for Bosworth’s characters, who might help themselves but don’t always choose to. There are leaps of faith here, nonetheless, as the collection dispenses a kind of narrative psychotropic for survival and redemption, with a chaser of humor mixed in.
"My Life as a Mermaid and Other Stories, Jen Grow's stirring debut collection and winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, takes a look at the dark side of what it means to live 'happily ever after.
Author: Jen Grow
"My Life as a Mermaid and Other Stories, Jen Grow's stirring debut collection and winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, takes a look at the dark side of what it means to live 'happily ever after.' In these twelve stories, many of the characters--among them, a suburban wife, an alcoholic mother, two homeless men, and an injured veteran--grapple with being voiceless and feeling trapped. The image of water shows up in many of these stories representing both the safety of the womb and the threat of drowning. The title story juxtaposes the lives of two sisters: one a suburban wife and mother, the other a relief worker in Honduras. In "Joe Blow," two homeless men confront the gentrification of their neighborhood when the abandoned truck that they call home is towed away. "What Girls Leave Behind" is an alcoholic mother's account of how she lost custody of her daughters. The story "Fixed," inspired by the Patti Smith song "Don't Say Nothing," is a young woman's attempt to fit in at a party after the grief of losing her boyfriend to a heroin overdose. The narrator of "I Get There Late" tries, in passive-aggressive ways, to cause trouble between a married couple after showing up unannounced in their driveway one night, while the narrator of "Stray" leaves her husband to rendezvous at a motel pool with a man she paints as a clown. "Injured" tells the story of an Iraq war vet who returns home as an amputee, then glorifies war for a reporter. In the final story, "O.K., Goodbye," written in a loop of possible scenarios, a woman's attempts to leave her cheating husband are thwarted by lost keys and car trouble. Yet, she sees hope in her doppelganger, a girl with pink hair who is walking away" --
Throughout the book, vignettes tied to the Spanish language flow from observation to theological analysis.
Author: Ellie Roscher
Publisher: Chalice Press
Based on the author's true life experiences, How Coffee Saved My Life is a funny, tragic, provocative and touching story of a rich, white, North American overachiever who spends a year in Uruguay in hopes of becoming a more responsible and sensitive member of the global community. Throughout the book, vignettes tied to the Spanish language flow from observation to theological analysis.
Carl Reiner will have you laughing out loud at these twenty-five nostalgic tales with an off-beat flair, as he tackles such wide-rangeing topics as: Phone Sex: Dial 411 for Legal Smut Evangelism: Sissy Sue and the Reverend Reverend Love at ...
Author: Carl Reiner
Publisher: Dey Street Books
A sweet, wry, and whimsical collection of short stories from one of America's truly great comedic minds. Carl Reiner will have you laughing out loud at these twenty-five nostalgic tales with an off-beat flair, as he tackles such wide-rangeing topics as: Phone Sex: Dial 411 for Legal Smut Evangelism: Sissy Sue and the Reverend Reverend Love at first sight: Warren Waits and the Spaghetti-Strap Girl God: The Almighty
Little could he had ever imagined where his journey would lead him. Extraordinary adventures of self- discovery, of social & political importance & change!" -"The Don"
Author: Don Vito Radice
"The adventures of a sensitive, young "Italian WOG" boy, living in Sydney, Australia in the '70s & '80s, searching for the "Holy Grail", the meaning of life! Little could he had ever imagined where his journey would lead him. Extraordinary adventures of self- discovery, of social & political importance & change!" -"The Don"
“May I have a teaspoon of your yogurt and cake?” Mr. L asked me. “I am on a diet.
But I can taste.” “If what?” I pursued the interrupted thread of the conversation. I
put a piece of cake with yogurt on it on his plate. “Well, in life it's sometimes easy
Author: Mirela Roznoveanu
In Mirela Roznoveanu's new book of fiction, human love is everywhere but strangely hard to find. Love animates a world where the tangled web of sexuality, commitment, language, place, and history enthralls us with its tantalizing detours, its cruel pretenders, and its unexpected pleasures. These tumultuous pages introduce us to people we can instantly recognize and never forget. From adventures that vividly signal a lifetime's meaning each returns with something new-something utterly different from that which was sought. Here in her first major work in English, we find the pulsing, streaming vision of time, place, history and character that distinguishes Roznoveanu's work in her native Romanian. Roznoveanu restores a visionary spirit lost to English for two or more generations. These stories come to us in the circuitous wake of the great early modernists, offering prodigious healing power for the grave psychic wounds that have afflicted the human condition since the crucial turning point of 1945. The Life Manager and Other Stories scintillates with cascades of luminous images and narrative reversals that seize our attention and don't let go. This is a book to return to again and again for its endlessly intriguing glimpses of the elusive peace and joy our souls thirst for.
+ MY LIFE WITH R. H. MACY AND THE FIRST THING THEY did was segregate
me. They segregated me from the only person in the place I had even a speaking
acquaintance with; that was a girl I had met going down the hall who said to me: ...
Author: Shirley Jackson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. Today it is considered a classic work of short fiction, a story remarkable for its combination of subtle suspense and pitch-perfect descriptions of both the chilling and the mundane. The Lottery and Other Stories, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with twenty-four equally unusual short stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range -- from the hilarious to the horrible, the unsettling to the ominous -- and her power as a storyteller.
In this engaging collection of tales, London spans the gamut between romance, exploration of unknown lands, and much in between.
Author: Jack London
Publisher: The Floating Press
Although best known as a master of the action-adventure genre, Jack London's interests were wide-ranging, and the topics he addressed in his prodigious body of work varied significantly, as well. In this engaging collection of tales, London spans the gamut between romance, exploration of unknown lands, and much in between.
You must read this book and let your heart be broken-New York Times Book Review "One of the earliest recognitions in American literature of the existence of the very poor.
Author: Rebecca Harding Davis
Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY
You must read this book and let your heart be broken-New York Times Book Review "One of the earliest recognitions in American literature of the existence of the very poor."-Michele Murray, National Observer Suggested for course use in: 19th-century U.S. literature Working-class studies Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910) published 12 books and many serialized novels, stories, and essays.
A volume of short fiction gathers stories set in Manhattan before and after World War II
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
A volume of short fiction gathers stories set in Manhattan before and after World War II