My Reading Life

Author: Pat Conroy

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 0385533845

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 9256

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is a voracious reader. Starting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life-long companion, reading has been Conroy’s portal to the world, both to the farthest corners of the globe and to the deepest chambers of the human soul. His interests range widely, from Milton to Tolkien, Philip Roth to Thucydides, encompassing poetry, history, philosophy, and any mesmerizing tale of his native South. He has for years kept notebooks in which he records words and expressions, over time creating a vast reservoir of playful turns of phrase, dazzling flashes of description, and snippets of delightful sound, all just for his love of language. But for Conroy reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity. In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of reading through an array of wonderful and often surprising anecdotes: sharing the pleasures of the local library’s vast cache with his mother when he was a boy, recounting his decades-long relationship with the English teacher who pointed him onto the path of letters, and describing a profoundly influential period he spent in Paris, as well as reflecting on other pivotal people, places, and experiences. His story is a moving and personal one, girded by wisdom and an undeniable honesty. Anyone who not only enjoys the pleasures of reading but also believes in the power of books to shape a life will find here the greatest defense of that credo. BONUS: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Pat Conroy's The Death of Santini.
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My Reading Life

Adventures in the World of Books

Author: Bob Carr

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781459621404

Category: Books and reading

Page: 731

View: 7219

Carr is renowned for his erudition, but what are his favourite books and why does he read them? What does he believe all thinking citizens of the West should read? He speaks of his profound love of reading, examining the reasons why certain books have so captured his attention.
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Literary Listography

My Reading Life in Lists

Author: Lisa Nola

Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)

ISBN: 9781452131603

Category:

Page: 160

View: 3780

160 pages illus by Holly Exley. 7.1" x 9.6"
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My Book Journal. Seitenweise Glück

Author: Rebecca Wiltsch

Publisher: Carlsen

ISBN: 3551557640

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 2876

Lesen ist wie eine Reise – und jedes Buch ein Abenteuer für sich. Damit die Erinnerungen an die großen und kleinen Schätze im Bücherregal nicht verblassen, bietet das Book Journal viel Platz für Gedanken zur aktuellen Lieblingslektüre. Und mehr noch: Angereichert mit einer Anleitung zum SUB-Abbau, Wunsch- und Verleih-Listen, inspirierenden Zitaten, DIY-Ideen und Rezepten für den ultimativen Lesegenuss bildet das Eintragbuch ein farbenfrohes Sammelsurium rund um das geschriebene Wort. Das perfekte Geschenk für alle, die Bücher lieben!
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I'd Rather Be Reading

The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

Author: Anne Bogel

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 149341531X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 1738

For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives. The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone's life, I'd Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.
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Understanding Pat Conroy

Author: Catherine Seltzer

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1611175178

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

View: 8698

Pat Conroy’s work as a novelist and a memoirist has indelibly shaped the image of the American South in the cultural imagination. His writing has rendered the physical landscape of the South Carolina lowcountry familiar to legions of readers, and it has staked out a more complex geography as well, one defined by domestic trauma, racial anxiety, religious uncertainty, and cultural ambivalence. In Understanding Pat Conroy, Catherine Seltzer engages in a sustained consideration of Conroy and his work. The study begins with a sketch of Conroy’s biography, a narrative that, while fascinating in its own right, is employed here to illuminate many of the motifs and characters that define his work and to locate him within southern literary tradition. The volume then moves on to explore each of Conroy’s major works, tracing the evolution of the themes within and among each of his novels, including The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and South of Broad, and his memoirs, among them The Water Is Wide and My Losing Season. Seltzer’s insightful close readings of Conroy’s work are supplemented by interviews and archival material, shedding new light on the often-complex dynamics between text and context in Conroy’s oeuvre. More broadly Understanding Pat Conroy also explores the ways that Conroy delights in troubling the boundaries that circumscribe the literary establishment. Seltzer links Conroy’s work to existing debates about the contemporary American canon, and, like Conroy’s work itself, Understanding Pat Conroy will be of interest to his readers, students of American literature, and new and veteran South watchers.
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Rain on a Strange Roof

A Southern Literary Memoir

Author: Jan Whitt

Publisher: Hamilton Books

ISBN: 076185830X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

View: 320

A scholar of Southern literature and culture, Jan Whitt has written a personal narrative about adoption, childhood abuse, and fifty years of searching for her family in rural Appalachia. This book unflinchingly explores death and loss at the same time that it celebrates the transformative power of love and literature.
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One Child Reading

My Auto-Bibliography

Author: Margaret Mackey

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 1772120391

Category: Education

Page: 567

View: 9925

"The miracle of the preserved word, in whatever medium--print, audio text, video recording, digital exchange--means that it may transfer into new times and new places." --From the Introduction Margaret Mackey draws together memory, textual criticism, social analysis, and reading theory in an extraordinary act of self-study. In One Child Reading, she makes a singular contribution to our understanding of reading and literacy development. Seeking a deeper sense of what happens when we read, Mackey revisited the texts she read, viewed, listened to, and wrote as she became literate in the 1950s and 1960s in St. John's, Newfoundland. This tremendous sweep of reading included school texts, knitting patterns, musical scores, and games, as well as hundreds of books. The result is not a memoir, but rather a deftly theorized exploration of how a reader is constructed. One Child Reading is an essential book for librarians, classroom teachers, those involved in literacy development in both scholarly and practical ways, and all serious readers.
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The Contingent Self

One Reading Life

Author: Virginia Brackett

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557532237

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 175

View: 2758

Both accessible and insightful, this collection of personal critical essays employs a formal study of literature as framework for the consideration of universal issues, including grief management, death, and acceptance of, and benefit from, traumatic change. These topics offer Brackett the opportunity to reflect upon the joys and rigors of scholarship as she considers professional issues, such as academic advancement through publication. They stand as testimony to one professional's belief that academia should not only embrace but encourage a number of approaches to self-expression on the part of its scholars. Her personal commentary draws from the work and life stories of many writers, including Elizabeth Cary, Anne Bradstreet, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rabindranath Tagore, Leo Tolstoy, Katherine Anne Porter, and V.S. Naipaul. Critical and philosophical commentary by notables such as Richard Rorty, Michel Foucault, Jane Tompkins, Lois McNay, Diane P. Freeman, Olvia Frey, Frances Murphy Zauhar, Janice Radway and Patricia Waugh interlace and advance Brackett's own speculations. The book makes clear Brackett's belief that no reasonable explanation exists for the necessity some scholars see in withholding results of literary study from a broader audience, unless it be a reluctance to write with the clarity necessary to make digestible and enjoyable the fruits of their profession.
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Conferring

The Keystone of Reader's Workshop

Author: Patrick A. Allen

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

ISBN: 1571107681

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 7135

In this book, Patrick Allen maintains that the benefits of conferring are worth the effort of learning to do it well. He sets out to reveal how teachers can overcome their perceived obstacles and make tangible the somewhat intangible aspect of conferring with readers.--[book cover]
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Teaching Reading in Middle School

Author: Laura Robb

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590685603

Category: Education

Page: 318

View: 2197

In this resource, you'll get the "big picture" of teaching reading in the middle school, including research, as well as the practical details you need to help every student become a better reader. Veteran teacher Laura Robb shares how to: teach reading strategies across the curriculum; present mini-lessons that deepen students' knowledge of how specific reading strategies work; help kids apply the strategies through guided practice; support struggling readers with a plan of action that improves their reading motivation; helps kids choose books that are at their instructional level; organize a reading-writing workshop, and much more. For use with Grades 5 and Up.
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Die Unsterblichkeit der Henrietta Lacks

Die Geschichte der HeLa-Zellen

Author: Rebecca Skloot

Publisher: Irisiana

ISBN: 3641051754

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 8906

Dieses Buch betrifft uns alle Sie waren notwendig, um Fortschritte gegen Krebs und AIDS zu erzielen. Klonen und Genforschung wäre ohne sie nicht möglich gewesen. Kurz: Die größten Erfolge der Medizin der letzten Jahrzehnte basieren auf der Entdeckung der HeLa-Zellen. Hinter dem Kürzel verbirgt sich eine Frau namens Henrietta Lacks. Die Afroamerikanerin aus ärmlichen Verhältnissen starb 1951 jung an Gebärmutterhalskrebs. Zuvor wurden ihr ohne ihr Wissen Zellproben entnommen, die sich überraschenderweise vermehrten. Damit war der entscheidende Durchbruch in der Zellkulturforschung geschafft. Die prämierte Wissenschaftsjournalistin Rebecca Skloot stellt in ihrem brillant verfassten Buch wichtige Jahrzehnte der Medizingeschichte vor und wirft dabei immer wieder ethische Fragen auf. Sie erzählt die tragische Familiengeschichte der Lacks’, die von Rassismus und mangelnden Bildungschancen geprägt ist. Ihr Buch ist eine gekonnte Mischung aus Biografie, Medizingeschichte, Debattenbuch und beachtlichem Enthüllungsjournalismus.
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The Book Lover's Journal

My Personal Reading Record

Author: Rene J. Smith

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Inc.

ISBN: 1441304827

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 9854

Includes pages to list books borrowed, lent or given, book sources and book group contact information. 216 pages.
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In My Father's House

Africa in the Philosophy of Culture

Author: Kwame Anthony Appiah

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199874354

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 1872

The beating of Rodney King and the resulting riots in South Central Los Angeles. The violent clash between Hasidim and African-Americans in Crown Heights. The boats of Haitian refugees being turned away from the Land of Opportunity. These are among the many racially-charged images that have burst across our television screens in the last year alone, images that show that for all our complacent beliefs in a melting-pot society, race is as much of a problem as ever in America. In this vastly important, widely-acclaimed volume, Kwame Anthony Appiah, a Ghanaian philosopher who now teaches at Harvard, explores, in his words, "the possibilities and pitfalls of an African identity in the late twentieth century." In the process he sheds new light on what it means to be an African-American, on the many preconceptions that have muddled discussions of race, Africa, and Afrocentrism since the end of the nineteenth century, and, in the end, to move beyond the idea of race. In My Father's House is especially wide-ranging, covering everything from Pan Africanism, to the works of early African-American intellectuals such as Alexander Crummell and W.E.B. Du Bois, to the ways in which African identity influences African literature. In his discussion of the latter subject, Appiah demonstrates how attempts to construct a uniquely African literature have ignored not only the inescapable influences that centuries of contact with the West have imposed, but also the multicultural nature of Africa itself. Emphasizing this last point is Appiah's eloquent title essay which offers a fitting finale to the volume. In a moving first-person account of his father's death and funeral in Ghana, Appiah offers a brilliant metaphor for the tension between Africa's aspirations to modernity and its desire to draw on its ancient cultural roots. During the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared on television to make his now famous plea: "People, can we all get along?" In this beautiful, elegantly written volume, Appiah steers us along a path toward answering a question of the utmost importance to us all.
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Cultural Beings

Reading the Philosophers of Genesis

Author: Yuval Lurie

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042004696

Category: Philosophy

Page: 217

View: 7575

Human beings are a cultural species. This predicament enables them to take on many different cultural identities, all of which transcend the bounds of natural behavior of other species. To contemplate this predicament through philosophy is to reflect on such questions as, What makes cultural forms of life possible? What is encompassed in them? What lies at their core? What distinguishes them from natural forms of life? What brings them about, sustains, and causes them to change? Philosophical answers to these questions predate abstract ways of thinking, as they are sometimes embedded in ancient mythical and religious narratives. Such is the story told in the first three chapters of the book of Genesis in the Bible, revealing how human beings became the cultural beings that they are. This study suggests how that ancient and most celebrated story in the literature of the West may be read as harboring insightful philosophical observations on the cultural nature of human beings. It first focuses on the very concept of cultural forms of life, revealing its complicated conceptual links to natural forms of life. It then offers an interpretive framework for reading mythical, symbolic narratives. Using these ideas, it provides a philosophical reading of the Biblical narrative, disclosing it to harbor a metaphysically oriented conception of nature and two insightful philosophical overviews of the cultural nature of human beings. Both overviews endow human beings with an ability to manipulate nature, but in different ways: the first by subjugating parcels of nature to human will; the second by subjugating human beings themselves to a value-laden conception of things and ethical forms of life. Thus, human beings are portrayed as natural creatures possessed of a cultural nature that enables them to transform nature and recreate themselves through their unique cultural predicament.
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Routineaufgaben mit Python automatisieren

Praktische Programmierlösungen für Einsteiger

Author: Al Sweigart

Publisher: dpunkt.verlag

ISBN: 3864919932

Category: Computers

Page: 576

View: 8272

Wenn Sie jemals Stunden damit verbracht haben, Dateien umzubenennen oder Hunderte von Tabelleneinträgen zu aktualisieren, dann wissen Sie, wie stumpfsinnig manche Tätigkeiten sein können. Wie wäre es, den Computer dazu zu bringen, diese Arbeiten zu übernehmen? In diesem Buch lernen Sie, wie Sie mit Python Aufgaben in Sekundenschnelle erledigen können, die sonst viel Zeit in Anspruch nehmen würden. Programmiererfahrung brauchen Sie dazu nicht: Wenn Sie einmal die Grundlagen gemeistert haben, werden Sie Python-Programme schreiben, die automatisch alle möglichen praktischen Aufgaben für Sie abarbeiten: • eine oder eine Vielzahl von Dateien nach Texten durchsuchen • Dateien und Ordner erzeugen, aktualisieren, verschieben und umbenennen • das Web durchsuchen und Inhalte herunterladen • Excel-Dateien aktualisieren und formatieren • PDF-Dateien teilen, zusammenfügen, mit Wasserzeichen versehen und verschlüsseln • Erinnerungsmails und Textnachrichten verschicken • Online-Formulare ausfüllen Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitungen führen Sie durch jedes Programm und Übungsaufgaben am Ende jedes Kapitels fordern Sie dazu auf, die Programme zu verbessern und Ihre Fähigkeiten auf ähnliche Problemstellungen zu richten. Verschwenden Sie nicht Ihre Zeit mit Aufgaben, die auch ein gut dressierter Affe erledigen könnte. Bringen Sie Ihren Computer dazu, die langweilige Arbeit zu machen!
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How Reading Changed My Life

Author: Anna Quindlen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307763528

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 96

View: 5678

THE LIBRARY OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT is a groundbreaking series where America's finest writers and most brilliant minds tackle today's most provocative, fascinating, and relevant issues. Striking and daring, creative and important, these original voices on matters political, social, economic, and cultural, will enlighten, comfort, entertain, enrage, and ignite healthy debate across the country. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Reading for My Life

Writings, 1958-2008

Author: John Leonard

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101561009

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 400

View: 8634

Right up until his death in 2008, John Leonard was a lion in American letters. A passionate, erudite, and wide-ranging critic, he helped shape the landscape of modern literature. He reviewed the most celebrated writers of his age—from Kurt Vonnegut and Joan Didion to Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon. He championed Morrison’s work so ardently that she invited him to travel with her to Stockholm when she accepted her Nobel Prize. He also contributed many pieces on television, film, politics, and the media, which continue to surprise and impress with their fervor and prescience. Reading for My Life is a monumental collection of Leonard’s most significant writings—spanning five decades—from his earliest columns for the Harvard Crimson to his final essays for The New York Review of Books. Here are Leonard’s best writings—many never before published in book form—on the cultural touchstones of a generation, each piece a testament to his sharp wit, fierce intelligence, and lasting love of the arts. Definitive reviews of Doris Lessing, Vladimir Nabokov, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tom Wolfe, Don DeLillo, Milan Kundera, and Philip Roth, among others, display his passion and nearly encyclopedic knowledge of literature in the second half of the twentieth century. His essay on Ed Sullivan and the evolution of television remains a classic. Throughout Leonard’s reviews and essays is a dedicated political spirit, pleading for social justice, advocating for the women’s movement, and forever calling attention to writers whose work challenged and excited him. With an introduction by E. L. Doctorow and remembrances by Leonard’s friends, family, and colleagues, including Gloria Steinem and Victor Navasky, Reading for My Life stands as a landmark collection from one of America’s most beloved and influential critics.
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More Baths Less Talking

Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time

Author: Nick Hornby

Publisher: McSweeney's

ISBN: 1938073401

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 135

View: 3453

“Read what you enjoy, not what bores you,” Nick Hornby tells us. That simple, liberating, and indispensable directive animates each installment of the celebrated critic and author’s monthly column in the Believer. In this delightful and never-musty tour of his reading life, Hornby tells us not just what to read, but how to read. Whether tackling a dismayingly bulky biography of Dickens while his children destroy something in the next room, or getting sucked into a serious assessment of Celine Dion during an intensely fought soccer match featuring his beloved Arsenal, or devouring an entire series of children’s books while on vacation, Hornby’s reviews are rich, witty, and occasionally madcap. These essays capture the joy and ire, the despair and exhilaration of the book-lover’s life, and will appeal equally to both monocle-wearing salonnieres and people, like him, who spend a lot of time thinking about Miley Cyrus’s next role.
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