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Download and read online The Confessions of Max Tivoli in PDF and EPUB Today Show Book Club Pick An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards We are each the love of someone's life. So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a heartbreaking love story with a narrator like no other. At his birth, Max's father declares him a "nisse," a creature of Danish myth, as his baby son has the external physical appearance of an old, dying creature. Max grows older like any child, but his physical age appears to go backward--on the outside a very old man, but inside still a fearful child. The story is told in three acts. First, young Max falls in love with a neighborhood girl, Alice, who ages as normally as any of us. Max, of course, does not; as a young man, he has an older man's body. But his curse is also his blessing: as he gets older, his body grows younger, so each successive time he finds his Alice, she does not recognize him. She takes him for a stranger, and Max is given another chance at love. Set against the historical backdrop of San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century, Max's life and confessions question the very nature of time, of appearance and reality, and of love itself. A beautiful and daring feat of the imagination, Andrew Sean Greer's The Confessions of Max Tivoli reveals the world through the eyes of a "monster," a being who confounds the very certainties by which we live and in doing so embodies in extremis what it means to be human.
Download and read online Venus in Boston in PDF and EPUB This volume reprints three short works by George Thompson, one of antebellum America's most successful authors of sensational fiction. There are two novels, Venus in Boston and City Crimes, which depict the American city as a place of dark mystery, along with Thompson's autobiography.
Download and read online Licentious Gotham in PDF and EPUB "Licentious Gotham, " set in the streets, news depots, publishing houses, grand jury chambers, and courtrooms of the nation's great metropolis, delves into the stories of the enterprising men and women who created a thriving transcontinental market for sexually arousing books and pictures. The experiences of "fancy" publishers, "flash" editors, and "racy" novelists, who all managed to pursue their trade in the face of laws criminalizing obscene publications, dramatically convey nineteenth-century America's daring notions of sex, gender, and desire, as well as the frequently counterproductive results of attempts to enforce conventional moral standards. In nineteenth-century New York, the business of erotic publishing and legal attacks on obscenity developed in tandem, with each activity shaping and even promoting the pursuit of the other. Obscenity prohibitions, rather than curbing salacious publications, inspired innovative new styles of forbidden literature--such as works highlighting expressions of passion and pleasure by middle-class American women. Obscenity prosecutions also spurred purveyors of lewd materials to devise novel schemes to evade local censorship by advertising and distributing their products through the mail. This subterfuge in turn triggered far-reaching transformations in strategies for policing obscenity. Donna Dennis offers a colorful, groundbreaking account of the birth of an indecent print trade and the origins of obscenity regulation in the United States. By revealing the paradoxes that characterized early efforts to suppress sexual expression in the name of morality, she suggests relevant lessons for our own day.
Download and read online Beneath the American Renaissance in PDF and EPUB The award-winning Beneath the American Renaissance is a classic work on American literature. It immeasurably broadens our knowledge of our most important literary period, as first identified by F.O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance. With its combination of sharp critical insight, engaging observation, and narrative drive, it represents the kind of masterful cultural history for which David Reynolds is known. Here the major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickinson receive striking, original readings set against the rich backdrop of contemporary popular writing. Now back in print, the volume includes a new foreword by historian Sean Wilentz that reveals the book's impact and influence. A magisterial work of criticism and cultural history, Beneath the American Renaissance will fascinate anyone interested in the genesis of America's most significant literary epoch and the iconic figures who defined it.
Download and read online Reading the World in PDF and EPUB In 2012, the world arrived in London for the Olympics...and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries (plus one extra), sampling one book from every nation. It wasn't easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English; there are tiny, tucked-away places where very little is written down at all; some governments don't like to let works of art leak out to corrupt Westerners. Her literary adventures shed light on the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global. Using her quest as a starting point, this book explores questions such as: What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?
Download and read online The Word in the world in PDF and EPUB The recent success of the Left Behind book series, which sold over 50 million books, points to an enormous readership of evangelical Christian literature that has not gone unnoticed by the mainstream publishing world. But this is not a recent phenomenon; the evangelical publishing community has been growing for more than two hundred years. Candy Gunther Brown explores the roots of this far-flung conglomeration of writers, publishers, and readers, from the founding of the Methodist Book Concern in 1789 to the 1880 publication of the runaway best-seller Ben-Hur. Brown shows how this distinct print community used the Word of the Bible and printed words of their own to pursue a paradoxical mission: purity from and a transformative presence in the secular world. Although scholars usually claim that religious publishing fell prey to the secularizing engines of commodification, Brown argues that evangelicals knew what they were doing by adopting a range of strategies, including the use of popular narratives and beautiful packaging. An informal canon of texts emerged in the nineteenth century, consisting of sermons, histories, memoirs, novels, gift books, Sunday school libraries, periodicals, and hymnals. Looking beyond the uses of texts in religious conversion, Brown examines how textual practices have transmitted cultural values both within evangelical communities and across a larger American cultural milieu. An epilogue conveys crucial insights into twenty-first-century ties between religion and the media.
Download and read online Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader in PDF and EPUB A light opened in Tanya Lester's third eye when a friend talked about searching for a tea leaf reader to entertain her guests at a tea party. "You know, I think this is the time for me to learn how to tea leaf read," Tanya said. She picked up an old book on tea leaf reading that she had bought years earlier in another Canadian city. Over the years, she had thought often about discarding it at one of her yard sales. It refused to leave her. Automatically, her arm always placed it back on her bookshelf. Opening that book changed forever the direction in which her life was going. This book is the story of how a form of energy healing called Reiki and Tanya's ancestral spirits-one of whom lived in the middle east during the twelfth century-helped her find her passion and bliss. It describes how she uses her intuition to interpret the pictures in the loose tea leaves of her clients' cups to guide them into their futures. Stories of love, death, murder, violence, family, financial success and failure, sickness and health, travel, relationships, work, poverty and wealth, the famous and infamous, and pleasure and excruciating pain are told as Tanya remembers some of the numerous readings that she has given to people from all walks of life. It is a spirited book from a woman filled with spiritual guidance and blessed as a channel for Higher Power. She has written it as if engaged in conversation with you, the reader. This book is a rare inside look into the life of a tea leaf reader, including information on how to do tea leaf readings. You will not want to put it down. Tanya Lester, BA, is a master tea leaf reader who has read thousands of tea cups and done hundreds of tea leaf reading workshops since 1996. She has done this work in places as diverse as Glasgow, Scotland; Boulder, Colorado; and in Canada, in Whitehorse, Yukon; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vancouver, BC; in many communities on Vancouver Island, including Victoria; in the West and East Kootenay Mountains, including Nelson, Castlegar, and Fernie, BC; and on Pender Island; as well, of course, as on Salt Spring Island, BC, where she lives. She does her workshops at university and college continuing education centres, at recreational centres, and in homes. She has the heart and soul of a gypsy tea leaf reader. If you have somewhere, anywhere in the world, where you would like her to come and do readings, please contact her at [email protected], go to her website. Tanya Lester, BA, has published three other books: Dreams & Tricksters, Women Rights/Writes, and Friends I Never Knew. Her adult son, Luke, lives in Victoria, BC.
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Download and read online Confessions of an English Opium Eater in PDF and EPUB Impressive account of the author's early years as a precocious student, his adventures among the outcasts of London, studies at Oxford University, introduction to opium in 1804 and his longterm involvement with the drug.
Download and read online Ex Libris in PDF and EPUB Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice. This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.
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