Love and Hydrogen

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ISBN: 9780307426710
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Number of pages: 352
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Love and Hydrogen in PDF and EPUB I’ve been a problem baby, a lousy son, a distant brother, an off-putting neighbor, a piss-poor student, a worrisome seatmate, an unreliable employee, a bewildering lover, a frustrating confidante and a crappy husband. Among the things I do pretty well at this point I’d have to list darts, re-closing Stay-Fresh boxes, and staying out of the way. This is the self-eulogy offered early on by the unwilling hero of the opening story in this collection, a dazzling array of work in short fiction from a master of the form. The stories in Love and Hydrogen—familiar to readers from publications ranging from McSweeney’s to The New Yorker to Harper’s to Tin House—encompass in theme and compassion what an ordinary writer would seem to need several lifetimes to imagine. A frustrated wife makes use of an enterprising illegal-gun salesman to hold her husband hostage; two hapless adult-education students botch their attempts at rudimentary piano but succeed in a halting, awkward romance; a fascinated and murderous Creature welcomes the first human visitors to his Black Lagoon; and in the title story, the stupefyingly huge airship Hindenburg flies to its doom, representing in 1937 mankind's greatest yearning as well as its titanic failure. Generous in scope and astonishing in ambition, Shepard’s voice never falters; the virtuosity of Love and Hydrogen cements his reputation as, in the words of Rick Bass, “a passionate writer with a razor-sharp wit and an elephantine heart”—in short, one of the most powerful talents at work today. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Like You d Understand Anyway

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ISBN: 9780307487520
Release Date: 2008-11-19
Number of pages: 224
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Like You d Understand Anyway in PDF and EPUB Following his widely acclaimed Project X and Love and Hydrogen—“Here is the effect of these two books,” wrote the Chicago Tribune: “A reader finishes them buzzing with awe”—Jim Shepard now gives us his first entirely new collection in more than a decade. Like You’d Understand, Anyway reaches from Chernobyl to Bridgeport, with a host of narrators only Shepard could bring to pitch-perfect life. Among them: a middle-aged Aeschylus taking his place at Marathon, still vying for parental approval. A maddeningly indefatigable Victorian explorer hauling his expedition, whaleboat and all, through the Great Australian Desert in midsummer. The first woman in space and her cosmonaut lover, caught in the star-crossed orbits of their joint mission. Two Texas high school football players at the top of their food chain, soliciting their fathers’ attention by leveling everything before them on the field. And the rational and compassionate chief executioner of Paris, whose occupation, during the height of the Terror, eats away at all he holds dear. Brimming with irony, compassion, and withering humor, these eleven stories are at once eerily pertinent and dazzlingly exotic, and they showcase the work of a protean, prodigiously gifted writer at the height of his form. Reading Jim Shepard, according to Michael Chabon, “is like encountering our national literature in microcosm.”

The Book of Aron

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ISBN: 9781101874325
Release Date: 2015-05-12
Number of pages: 272
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online The Book of Aron in PDF and EPUB The acclaimed National Book Award finalist—“one of the United States’ finest writers,” according to Joshua Ferris, “full of wit, humanity, and fearless curiosity”—now gives us a novel that will join the short list of classics about children caught up in the Holocaust. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution. He and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by scuttling around the ghetto to smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of keeping their fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police, not to mention the Gestapo. When his family is finally stripped away from him, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a doctor renowned throughout prewar Europe as an advocate of children’s rights who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage. Treblinka awaits them all, but does Aron manage to escape—as his mentor suspected he could—to spread word about the atrocities? Jim Shepard has masterfully made this child’s-eye view of the darkest history mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, truly heartbreaking, and even inspiring. Anyone who hears Aron’s voice will remember it forever. From the Hardcover edition.

Project X

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ISBN: 0307427331
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Number of pages: 176
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Project X in PDF and EPUB In the wilderness of junior high, Edwin Hanratty is at the bottom of the food chain. His teachers find him a nuisance. His fellow students consider him prey. And although his parents are not oblivious to his troubles, they can't quite bring themselves to fathom the ruthless forces that demoralize him daily. Sharing in these schoolyard indignities is his only friend, Flake. Branded together as misfits, their fury simmers quietly in the hallways, classrooms, and at home, until an unthinkable idea offers them a spectacular and terrifying release. From Jim Shepard, one of the most enduring and influential novelists writing today, comes an unflinching look into the heart and soul of adolescence. Tender and horrifying, prescient and moving, Project X will not easily be forgotten.


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ISBN: 0803293461
Release Date: 2005-08-24
Number of pages: 215
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

Download and read online Nosferatu in PDF and EPUB From this prodigiously talented writer comes a stunningly original fictional life of the German director F. W. Murnau (1888?1931). Murnau ranks as a founding father of the cinema, not least for his legendary horror film, Nosferatu. Here he is revealed as a hermetic genius who turns against himself, becoming in a sense his own vampire. What shadows Jim Shepard?s Murnau?through the airfields of the Great War to Berlin in the twenties and to the virtual invention of filmmaking?is the conflict between his impossibly high ideals and his heartbreaking memories of love betrayed and love lost. From provincial Germany through Hollywood in its early days to the South Seas, Nosferatu charts a life at once artistic, intellectual, and deeply human. Ron Hansen provides an introduction to this Bison Books edition.

Batting Against Castro

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ISBN: UOM:39015037755207
Release Date: 1996
Number of pages: 197
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Download and read online Batting Against Castro in PDF and EPUB A first collection of short stories by the author of Kiss of the Wolf includes fourteen tales ranging in setting from a winter-league baseball camp in pre-revolutionary Cuba to a postapocalyptic frontier in the American South to the set of Murnau's classic film, Nosferatu. 15,000 first printing.

The World to Come

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ISBN: 9781524731816
Release Date: 2017-02-21
Number of pages: 272
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Knopf

Download and read online The World to Come in PDF and EPUB "Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America," according to The Daily Beast, Jim Shepard now delivers a new collection that spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery. These ten stories ring with voices belonging to--among others--English Arctic explorers in one of history's most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our crude-oil trains, eighteenth-century French balloonists inventing manned flight, and two mid-nineteenth-century housewives trying to forge a connection despite their isolation on the frontier of settlement. In each case the personal is the political as these characters face everything from the emotional pitfalls of everyday life to historic catastrophes on a global scale. In his fifth collection, Shepard makes each of these wildly various worlds his own, and never before has he delineated anything like them so powerfully. From the Hardcover edition.

Ajax Is All About Attack

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ISBN: 9781101912393
Release Date: 2015-05-04
Number of pages: 24
Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Vintage

Download and read online Ajax Is All About Attack in PDF and EPUB A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection Velibor Vasovic is not political. He is a soccer player; has played for Partizan Belgrade and his national team. Scored Partizan’s only goal against Real Madrid in the European Cup. He is the rock supporting any defense. But in 1966, he starts playing for Ajax Amsterdam, firmly in the West. And politics catches up to him. Jim Shepard is the wildly inventive guru of the historical fiction short story; a finalist for the National Book Award, and “one of the United States’ finest writers” (Joshua Ferris). “Ajax Is All About Attack” is classic Shepard, from the collection Love and Hydrogen. An eBook short.

The Hydrogen Sonata

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ISBN: 9781405512848
Release Date: 2012-10-04
Number of pages: 364
Author: Iain M. Banks
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online The Hydrogen Sonata in PDF and EPUB The Scavenger species are circling. It is, truly, the End Days for the Gzilt civilisation. An ancient people, organised on military principles and yet almost perversely peaceful, the Gzilt helped set up the Culture ten thousand years earlier and were very nearly one of its founding societies, deciding not to join only at the last moment. Now they've made the collective decision to follow the well-trodden path of millions of other civilisations: they are going to Sublime, elevating themselves to a new and almost infinitely more rich and complex existence. Amid preparations though, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete her last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. It seems that the final days of the Gzilt civilisation are likely to prove its most perilous.

The Law of Love and Love as a Law

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ISBN: UOM:39015022381498
Release Date: 1881
Number of pages: 384
Author: Mark Hopkins

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The Law of Love and Love as a Law

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ISBN: WISC:89054057930
Release Date: 1871
Number of pages: 400
Author: Mark Hopkins

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Book Forum

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ISBN: UVA:X006169105
Release Date: 2003
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Electric Literature

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ISBN: 9780982498002
Release Date: 2009
Number of pages: 102
Author: Michael Cunningham
Publisher: Electric Literature

Download and read online Electric Literature in PDF and EPUB Our Summer 2009 debut anthology features the first published excerpt from Michael Cunningham's forthcoming novel. This issue also features new fiction by some of America's most innovative and important contemporary writers, including Jim Shepard, T Cooper, Lydia Millet and Diana Wagman. The stories in Electric Literature are charged with wit, incident, and emotional gravity right from the first sentence. Electric Literature is just that, Electric - five great stories that grab you.

Something about the Author

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ISBN: 078768788X
Release Date: 2006-02
Number of pages: 262
Author: Thomson Gale
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

Download and read online Something about the Author in PDF and EPUB Covers individuals ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries cover: personal life, career, writings and works in progress, adaptations, additional sources, and photographs.

Love and Loyalty

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Release Date: 1907
Number of pages: 454
Author: Jenkin Lloyd Jones

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