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Growing Up

Author : Russell Baker
ISBN : 9780795317156
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning memoir about coming of age in America between the world wars: “So warm, so likable and so disarmingly funny” (The New York Times). Ranging from the backwoods of Virginia to a New Jersey commuter town to the city of Baltimore, this remarkable memoir recounts Russell Baker’s experience of growing up in pre–World War II America, before he went on to a celebrated career in journalism. With poignant, humorous tales of powerful love, awkward sex, and courage in the face of adversity, Baker reveals how he helped his mother and family through the Great Depression by delivering papers and hustling subscriptions to the Saturday Evening Post—a job which introduced him to bullies, mentors, and heroes who endured this national disaster with hard work and good cheer. Called “a treasure” by Anne Tyler and “a blessing” by Time magazine, this autobiography is a modern-day classic—“a wondrous book [with scenes] as funny and touching as Mark Twain’s” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). “In lovely, haunting prose, he has told a story that is deeply in the American grain.” —The Washington Post Book World “A terrific book.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Good Times

Author : Russell Baker
ISBN : 9781626813250
Genre : Humor
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A “superb [and] often hilarious” memoir of a life in journalism, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Growing Up (The New York Times Book Review). “Baker here recalls his years at the Baltimore Sun, where, on ‘starvation wages,’ he worked on the police beat, as a rewrite man, feature writer and White House correspondent. Sent to London in 1953 to report on the coronation, he spent the happiest year of his life there as an innocent abroad. Moving to the New York Times and becoming a ‘two-fisted drinker,’ he covered the Senate and the national political campaigns of 1956 and 1960, and, just as he was becoming bored with routine reporting and the obligation to keep judgments out of his stories, was offered the opportunity to write his own op-ed page column, ‘The Observer.’ With its lively stories about journalists, Washington politicians and topical scandals, the book will delight Baker's devotees—and significantly expand their already vast number.” —Publishers Weekly “Aspiring writers will chuckle over Baker's first, horrible day on police beat, his panicked interview with Evelyn Waugh, and his arrival at Queen Elizabeth's coronation in top hat, tails, and brown-bag lunch.”—Library Journal “A wonderful book.” —Kirkus Reviews
Category: Humor

A Companion Text For Growing Up

Author : Janet Giannotti
ISBN : 0472087967
Genre : Education
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Bookmarks is a series of companion textbooks that provides teachers with creative exercises and activities to supplement the teaching of a novel. Bookmarks are integrated reading-writing skills texts that address each of the seven intelligences identified by Howard Gardner: there are tasks/activities for the linguistically, logically-mathematical, kinesthetically, spatially, musically, interpersonally, and intrapersonally intelligent students. A Companion Text for Growing Up accompanies journalist Russell Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography. Growing Up (published by New American Library) traces Baker's coming of age during the 1930s and 1940s. Baker's memoir draws the reader into America between the world wars and describes the struggles of family, adolescence, and hardship that accompanied his journey to adulthood. Each of the six units in the companion texts begins with a preview of the reading and free-writing topics, followed by exercises that improve comprehension and vocabulary building. Students use response journals so as to think about their personal connection with the novel. The "Beyond the Novel" section in each textbook introduces factual background information from which students learn about history and other interesting material mentioned in the novels.
Category: Education

The Rescue Of Miss Yaskell And Other Pipe Dreams

Author : Russell Baker
ISBN : 9781626813243
Genre : Humor
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Humorous essays by the Pulitzer Prize–winning “supreme satirist” (The Washington Post Book World). This collection of more than a hundred anecdotes and essays from the legendary journalist, New York Times columnist, and author of the bestselling memoir Growing Up offers wise and sharply witty reflections on an extraordinary array of topics, ranging from youth, wealth, the media, and the joy of anger to the difference between “dinner” and “supper.” “Russell Baker is the Alka-Seltzer of the American experience. . . . The most effective comic relief available for the agonizing absurdities we encounter every day.” —Houston Chronicle “When it comes to satire of a controlled but effervescent ferocity, nobody can touch Baker.” —The Washington Post Book World
Category: Humor

Inventing The Truth

Author : Russell Baker
ISBN : 0395901502
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Nine authors discuss the problems and pleasures of reinventing the past.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Russell Baker S Book Of American Humor

Author : Russell Baker
ISBN : 0393035921
Genre : Humor
File Size : 70.79 MB
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Divided into sections including "The Human Muddle" and "Family Life," a hilarious treasury of American humor draws on the work of H. L. Mencken, James Thurber, Zora Neale Hurston, Molly Ivins, P. J. O'Rourke, Ring Lardner, and others. 40,000 first printing.
Category: Humor

Looking Back

Author : Russell Baker
ISBN : 1590170881
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From his youthful days as a delivery boy for William Randolph Hearst's Baltimore newspapers through his many years as a journalist and commentator, Russell Baker has been a keen observer of American politics and culture. Now, in these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, he looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past. Here are presidents--Lyndon Johnson feuding with Robert F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon in his grasping, spectral exile. Here are would-be presidents--Eugene V. Debs and Barry Goldwater, "gentlemen fallen among brutes," and Hearst himself. Here too are those who set their sights on something besides the presidency: Martin Luther King, Joe DiMaggio, and the disputatious memoirists of The New Yorker's glory days. Undeluded by the roar of what he calls "our national engines of ballyhoo, bushwah, and baloney," Russell Baker reflects on the strange fascination that these larger-than-life characters have held for the American imagination. With an elegiac yet shrewd sense of their accomplishments both enduring and ephemeral, he traces the impressions they left on twentieth-century America--and on him.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

So This Is Depravity

Author : Russell Baker
ISBN : 9781626813205
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“It is not that Russell Baker is funny, his genius is being so true that nothing remains but to laugh.” —John Kenneth Galbraith "Baker, like Andy Rooney, looks into things that keep all our lives from being ordinary." —Chattanooga News-Free Press Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Russell Baker has charmed readers with his sharp humor and shrewd commentary. The indelible voice of the bestselling memoir GROWING UP compiles some of his greatest New York Times columns in this collection of honest, witty, and profound essays—reflecting on politics, society, and life in all its absurd glory.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Growing Up In California

Author : Michael B. Barker
ISBN : 9780595195671
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Seldom has a biography produced such a ribald cast of characters, from saints to scoundrels, from war heros to draft dodgers, from movie stars to could-have-beens. Growing up in a show business family during World War II, the author relishes in prose unique glimpses of the lives and times of those who entertained and enlightened the greatest generation.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

American Political Humor Masters Of Satire And Their Impact On U S Policy And Culture 2 Volumes

Author : Jody C. Baumgartner
ISBN : 9781440854866
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This two-volume set surveys the profound impact that political humor and satire have had on American culture and politics over the years, paying special attention to the explosion of political humor in today's wide-ranging and turbulent media environment. • Documents the history of political humor in the United States in all of its many forms, with the bulk of coverage weighted toward contemporary political satire and satirists • Covers writers, cartoonists, radio personalities, television and movie performers, and internet celebrities • Profiles influential television programs, movies, and other forms of entertainment that have made their mark on American politics and culture • Includes a chronology of events
Category: Literary Criticism