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Selfish Shallow And Self Absorbed

Author : Meghan Daum
ISBN : 9781250052940
Genre : Literary Collections
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SIXTEEN LITERARY LUMINARIES ON THE CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT OF BEING CHILDLESS BY CHOICE, COLLECTED IN ONE FASCINATING ANTHOLOGY One of the main topics of cultural conversation during the last decade was the supposed "fertility crisis," and whether modern women could figure out a way to have it all-a successful, demanding career and the required 2.3 children-before their biological clock stopped ticking. Now, however, conversation has turned to whether it's necessary to have it all (see Anne-Marie Slaughter) or, perhaps more controversial, whether children are really a requirement for a fulfilling life. The idea that some women and men prefer not to have children is often met with sharp criticism and incredulity by the public and mainstream media. In this provocative and controversial collection of essays, curated by writer Meghan Daum, sixteen acclaimed writers explain why they have chosen to eschew parenthood. Contributors include Lionel Shriver, Sigrid Nunez, Kate Christiensen, Elliott Holt, Geoff Dyer, and Tim Kreider, among others, who will give a unique perspective on the overwhelming cultural pressure of parenthood. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed makes a thoughtful and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path in life, taking our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby-bump-patrolling culture to task in the process. What emerges is a more nuanced, diverse view of what it means to live a full, satisfying life.
Category: Literary Collections

Selfish Women

Author : Lisa Downing
ISBN : 9781000020618
Genre : Social Science
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This book proceeds from a single and very simple observation: throughout history, and up to the present, women have received a clear message that we are not supposed to prioritize ourselves. Indeed, the whole question of "self" is a problem for women – and a problem that issues from a wide range of locations, including, in some cases, feminism itself. When women espouse discourses of self-interest, self-regard, and selfishness, they become illegible. This is complicated by the commodification of the self in the recent Western mode of economic and political organization known as "neoliberalism," which encourages a focus on self-fashioning that may not be identical with self-regard or self-interest. Drawing on figures from French, US, and UK contexts, including Rachilde, Ayn Rand, Margaret Thatcher, and Lionel Shriver, and examining discourses from psychiatry, media, and feminism with the aim of reading against the grain of multiple orthodoxies, this book asks how revisiting the words and works of selfish women of modernity can assist us in understanding our fraught individual and collective identities as women in contemporary culture. And can women with politics that are contrary to the interests of the collective teach us anything about the value of rethinking the role of the individual? This book is an essential read for those with interests in cultural theory, feminist theory, and gender politics.
Category: Social Science

Imagining Motherhood In The Twenty First Century

Author : Valerie Heffernan
ISBN : 9781000258073
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Images, representations and constructions of mothers have historically shaped and continue to shape the way we imagine the institution of motherhood and the experience of mothering. The various contributions included in this volume consider the diversity of maternal images and narratives that circulate in literature, the arts and popular culture and analyse how they reflect on and influence the cultural meaning of motherhood in the contemporary era. Mindful of the fact that the images of motherhood that we see in popular media, on television, and in literature are not mere background noise to our daily lives, the various chapters explore how they influence our understanding of what it means to be a mother, affect our expectations of motherhood and of mothers, frame our experience of mothering, and even inform our reproductive decisions. Including insights from media studies, cultural studies, literary studies, and the performing and visual arts, this book explores how engaging with diverse representations of mothers and mothering contributes to a broader and deeper interdisciplinary understanding of how motherhood is constructed in our time. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Women: A Cultural Review.
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Selfishness And Selflessness

Author : Linda L. Layne
ISBN : 9781789205503
Genre : Social Science
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We are said to be suffering a narcissism epidemic when the need for collective action seems more pressing than ever. Selfishness and selflessness address the ‘proper’ and ‘improper’ relationship between one’s self and others. The work they do during periods of social instability and cultural change is probed in this original, interdisciplinary collection. Contributions range from an examination of how these concepts animated the eighteenth-century anti-slavery campaigners to dissecting the way middle-class mothers’ experiences illustrate gendered struggles over how much and to whom one is morally obliged to give.
Category: Social Science

My Misspent Youth

Author : Meghan Daum
ISBN : 9781250067692
Genre : Literary Collections
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My Misspent Youth is an incisive collection that marked the start of a new millennium and became a cult classic, from the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed and the author of The Unspeakable An essayist in the tradition of Joan Didion, Meghan Daum is one of the most celebrated nonfiction writers of her generation, widely recognized for her fresh, provocative approach with which she unearths the hidden fault lines in the American landscape. From her well remembered New Yorker essays about the financial demands of big-city ambition and the ethereal, strangely old-fashioned allure of cyber-relationships to her dazzlingly hilarious riff in Harper's about musical passions that give way to middle-brow paraphernalia, Daum delves into the center of things while closely examining the detritus that spills out along the way. With precision and well-balanced irony, Daum implicates herself as readily as she does the targets that fascinate and horrify her.
Category: Literary Collections

Night Of The Pompon

Author : Sarah Jett
ISBN : 9780743431668
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Secrets of the Sacred Pompon Pompons aren't just for pep rallies anymore... Who knows what evil lies beyond the oven door? Jendra MacKenzie knows -- it's a strangely powerful pompon that turns bright-eyed cheerleaders into gray-eyed monsters. But what she doesn't know is how to explain the unusual events unfolding at Davy Crockett School ever since ultra-popular Tina Shepard handed her a coyote head and made her the cheerleading mascot. Who's responsible for the sudden disappearance of the last mascot, and the principal's pants...and the principal? When Jendra searches for answers, she finds nothing but trouble. Propelled by powers she can't control, she winds up disco dancing on top of her desk, flying to a faraway dentist's office, and dodging falling eighth-graders in the second-story girls' bathroom. If this trend toward the bizarre continues, she might even pass pre-algebra...unless the cheerleaders have something more sinister in mind...
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Wheels Of Time

Author : Florence Louisa Barclay
ISBN : NYPL:33433107802880
Genre : English fiction
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A romance novella about a family doctor and his wife.
Category: English fiction

The Heart S Lonely Secret

Author : Jane Peart
ISBN : 0786232862
Genre : Fiction
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Dreaming of escaping the drudgery of the orphanage, Ivy finds herself on board the Orphan Train to the Midwest. Worried she will not be chosen for a new home, she acts impulsively to secure herself a stable future.
Category: Fiction

The Unspeakable

Author : Meghan Daum
ISBN : 1250074924
Genre : Literary Collections
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A master of the personal essay candidly explores love, death, and the counterfeit rituals of American life In her celebrated 2001 collection, My Misspent Youth, Meghan Daum offered a bold, witty, defining account of the artistic ambitions, financial anxieties, and mixed emotions of her generation. The Unspeakable is an equally bold and witty, but also a sadder and wiser, report from early middle age. It's a report tempered by hard times. In "Matricide," Daum unflinchingly describes a parent's death and the uncomfortable emotions it provokes; and in "Diary of a Coma" she relates her own journey to the twilight of the mind. But Daum also operates in a comic register. With perfect precision, she reveals the absurdities of the marriage-industrial complex, of the New Age dating market, and of the peculiar habits of the young and digital. Elsewhere, she writes searchingly about cultural nostalgia, Joni Mitchell, and the alternating heartbreak and liberation of choosing not to have children. Combining the piercing insight of Joan Didion with a warm humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron, Daum dissects our culture's most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion. Through it all, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.
Category: Literary Collections

Wheels Of Time

Author : Florence Louisa Barclay
ISBN : HARVARD:HN1PV1
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Once A Week

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ISBN : UCAL:B2900810
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Something Blue

Author : Emily Giffin
ISBN : 9781429904629
Genre : Fiction
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed comes a novel that shows how someone with a ‘perfect life' can lose it all—and then find everything. Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma. But Darcy's neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane "good girl," steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life...with a baby on the way. Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. It is only then that Darcy can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood. Emily Giffin's Something Blue is a novel about one woman's surprising discoveries about the true meaning of friendship, love, and happily-ever-after. It's a novel for anyone who has ever, even secretly, wondered if the last thing you want is really the one thing you need.
Category: Fiction

The Churchman

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ISBN : NYPL:33433006210078
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Angels With Red Shoes

Author : Karin Joy Passmore
ISBN : 1469107627
Genre : Fiction
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During the 1960s Jenn Mahoney grew up in a typical dysfunctional family. She and her brother Geoff decided independence was their key to freedom. Escaping across the marshland of Gloucester, Massachusetts they found refuge in an abandoned boat. The lobster boat became their new home as Jenn and Geoff began the life of freedom each envisioned. Geoff traveled around Europe, leaving Jenn lost in a lonely world of fantasy, creating beautiful clothing for a local boutique. One day Jenn set out on a journey which opened the door to joy, sorrow, and her life’s unique adventure of redemption.
Category: Fiction

Intellectual Talent Research And Development

Author : Hyman Blumberg Symposium on Research in Early Childhood Education (6th : 1974 : Johns Hopkins University)
ISBN : UOM:39015020816230
Genre : Education
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Category: Education

Never Lick A Moving Blender

Author : Marvin Phillips
ISBN : 1451605668
Genre : Humor
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Never Lick a Moving Blender is a humorous look at life that will encourage you in your faith and lift you above your daily struggles. Some humor simply makes you laugh, some makes you think, and some may even motivate you to live differently. Marvin Phillips uses his endearing wit and well-known wisdom to deliver a book that does all that and more. This fully illustrated book is fun reading with a healthy infusion of optimism and hope.
Category: Humor