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Crossing To Safety

Author : Wallace Stegner
ISBN : 9780141978642
Genre : Fiction
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A novel of the friendships and woes of two couples, which tells the story of their lives in lyrical, evocative prose by one of the finest American writers of the late 20th century. When two young couples meet for the first time during the Great Depression, they quickly find they have much in common: Charity Lang and Sally Morgan are both pregnant, while their husbands Sid and Larry both have jobs in the English department at the University of Wisconsin. Immediately a lifelong friendship is born, which becomes increasingly complex as they share decades of love, loyalty, vulnerability and conflict. Written from the perspective of the aging Larry Morgan,Crossing to Safety is a beautiful and deeply moving exploration of the struggle of four people to come to terms with the trials and tragedies of everyday life. With an introduction by Jane Smiley.
Category: Fiction

Study Guide

Author : Supersummary
ISBN : 1697749283
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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 56-page guide for "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 22 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Friendship and Love and Memory and Imperfection.

The End Of Your Life Book Club

Author : Will Schwalbe
ISBN : 9780307961112
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“What are you reading?” That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying. Will and Mary Anne share their hopes and concerns with each other—and rediscover their lives—through their favorite books. When they read, they aren’t a sick person and a well person, but a mother and a son taking a journey together. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss that is also a joyful, and often humorous, celebration of life: Will’s love letter to his mother, and theirs to the printed page. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Who Does She Think She Is

Author : Benilde Little
ISBN : 9781416547419
Genre : Fiction
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Having turned her family upside-down with her extravagant wedding plans and her rich white fiancé, Aisha Branch unexpectedly falls in love with another man, an event that triggers memories for her mother and grandmother, rekindles family tensions, and forces Aisha to make a difficult choice. By the author of Good Hair and The Itch. Reprint.
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Faith In Writing

Author : J. E. Knowles
ISBN : 9781469154589
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Faith in Writing is a Festschrift presented to Jack L. Knowles, Professor Emeritus of English at Milligan College, Tennessee. The essays celebrate refl ections of the life of faith in stories and poems, and the faith that written words can make a difference in our lives.These are the values shared by Jack Knowles and his students, colleagues, and friends over a long career. Contributors write on Anglo-Saxon poetry, Dante, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, Pearl S. Buck, Wallace Stegner, and writing fi ction in the twenty-fi rst century. Patricia Magness Nathan P. Gilmour Jeffrey J. Knowles Lee Magness E. LeRoy Lawson C. Robert Wetzel Philip D. Kenneson J. E. Knowles
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Little Red Book Of Fly Fishing

Author : Kirk Deeter
ISBN : 9781602399815
Genre : Nature
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A pocket guide that offers insightful, plainspoken, expert advice for every fly fisher.
Category: Nature

Developments In Risk Based Approaches To Safety

Author : Felix Redmill
ISBN : 1846284473
Genre : Computers
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This book assembles papers presented at the 14th Annual Safety-critical Systems Symposium, held at Bristol, UK in February 2006. The papers address the most critical topics in the field of safety-critical systems. The focus, considered from various perspectives, is on recent developments in risk-based approaches. Subjects discussed include innovation in risk analysis, management risk, the safety case, software safety, language development and the creation of systems for complex control functions.
Category: Computers

Wallace Stegner

Author : Jackson J. Benson
ISBN : 0803225377
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In a career spanning more than fifty years, Wallace Stegner (1909?93) emerged as the greatest contemporary author of the American West?writing more than two dozen works of history, biography, essays, and fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angle of Repose and the bestselling Crossing to Safety. Jackson J. Benson?s Wallace Stegner: His Life and Work is the first full-dress biography of this celebrated ?Dean of Western Writers.? Drawing on nearly ten years of research and unlimited access to Stegner?s letters and personal files, Benson traces the trajectory of Wallace Stegner?s life from his birth on his grandfather?s Iowa farm to his prominence as an award-winning writer, critic, historian, environmental activist, and teacher, and as founder of Stanford?s creative writing program. But Benson?s book is as much a consideration of Stegner?s literary legacy as it is a retelling of his life. His critical reassessment of the entire body of Stegner?s work argues convincingly for his subject?s place in the literary canon?not merely as a ?regional? Western writer but straightforwardly as one of the great American writers of the twentieth century.
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The Disciplined Heart

Author : Caroline J. Simon
ISBN : 0802842062
Genre : Religion
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Often what passes for love is a product of self-deception and wishful thinking. Genuine love, according to philosopher Caroline J. Simon, must be based on knowledge of reality, and Christianity affirms that reality includes not just who people are but the unfolding story of who God intends them to be. Taking the use of narrative seriously, The Disciplined Heart draws on works of literature to display a Christian understanding of love in its various forms: love of self, love of neighbor, friendship, romantic love, and marital love. Using instances of love and its counterfeits in novels and short stories by such authors as Flannery O'Connor, Leo Tolstoy, George Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Simon constructs an account of love's joys and obligations that both charms and instructs. Learned, astute, and elegantly written, The Disciplined Heart is a groundbreaking work at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and literary analysis.
Category: Religion

A Reader S Book Of Days True Tales From The Lives And Works Of Writers For Every Day Of The Year

Author : Tom Nissley
ISBN : 9780393241495
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.
Category: Literary Criticism