Author : Alan Bisbort
ISBN : 0764917382
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Whether Inspiring, Incomprehensible, insightful, bleak, or absurd, last words can be spoken by the living as well as the dying. Among the dying, last words are truly final, as was the case with Dylan Thomas, who uttered "I've just had eighteen straight whiskeys. I think that's the record." Famous Last Words records the parting shots of dozens of folks no longer with us, from those dead for political reasons to those who themselves decided to end it all. And it records the words of those who went on with their lives after uttering a memorable farewell but whose reputation was made by their words, often to their lasting frustration, such as the infamous Richard Milhous Nixon: "You won't have me to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference." Famous Last Words also preserves the last words of those inhabiting the world of fiction, whether in a book, on the stage, in a movie or on TV. Blanche DuBois's "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" ranks right alongside Charles Foster Kane's "Rosebud" and Sidney Carton's "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. . . ." The mutterings of the imagined are always floating around in our culture's consciousness, kicking lustily. Author Alan Bisbort consulted unimpeachable sources and original texts in compiling this compendium of 140 choice good-byes. But not only the farewells capture our attention: Bisbort's concise, witty, and informative text adds revealing context to the quoted words. Famous Last Words is fascinating, illuminating, and immensely rewarding. Reading through the pages may reveal some unifying impulse behind all those bye-byes; if so, you have truly stumbled uponthe meaning of life.
Author : Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
ISBN : 9780805098402
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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In Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, sixteen-year-old Samantha D'Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam's boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow "intern scum" (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what—or who—is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up? As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important—herself.
Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender. Willa is freaking out. It seems like she's seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It's almost as if someone -- or something -- is trying to send her a message. Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles -- a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa's strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There's Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there's Reed, who's ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There's also Wyatt, who's super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer. All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life. Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem -- and the movies.
Famous Last Words traces a broad historical transition- from the 1840s to the 1980s- from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and fallen women die, to the more open alternatives of twentieth-century fiction, which sometimes permit the independent female protagonist to survive and occasionally allow alternative constructions of gender as well as plot. Each essay treats a narrative- novel, novella, or novel poem- by a single author in light of conventions of closure and of gender in historical context. The contributors recover forgotten texts, revise our understanding of women writers once successful, but now somewhat marginalized, and give voice to cultural "others." Works by the already canonized George Eliot are reassessed, and the representation of women in the canonical novels of male writers William Thackeray and Henry James is explored.
'A funny, insightful read - with a brilliant twist' HEAT 'One of our picks of the year... poignant, funny and well-observed' BELLA Lucy has always been a bit of a control freak - a single mother, with her own business, she has never been one for taking risks, she's never been brave enough. Then, one evening, a fortune teller looks into her future - and learns that she doesn't have one. Sceptical, Lucy decides to ignore the warning until other prophecies he made begin to come true... Lucy decides to throw caution to the wind and so begins a race against the clock to live a life of fulfilment all in a matter of days. During this adventure, she faces her demons, confronts people from her past and risks the thing that she has guarded most fiercely - her heart. But, after all this, will she actually live to regret it? From the authors of bestseller Goodbye, Jimmy Choo, this is the touching and bittersweet story of one woman's struggle to let go of her worst fears and, in doing, realise her dream life.
Author : Rev. Dr. Marshall L. Hoffman
ISBN : 9781632327178
File Size : 43.45 MB
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"Famous Last Words" brings an in-depth and heart-searching look at the seven last words that Christ spoke from the cross. His death, burial, and resurrection transformed human history. A careful look at the richness of these last words will prepare us spiritually to experience God's transforming power. From words of forgiveness, assurance, mystery, family to completion, the last words of Christ bring hope for personal resurrection to our own lives. The last words of Christ reach out from the cross, and across the centuries, into our lives with new power and meaning in this heartfelt devotional from a pastor's heart.