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She Made A Monster How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

Author : Lynn Fulton
ISBN : 9780525579625
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books On the bicentennial of Frankenstein, join Mary Shelley on the night she created the most frightening monster the world has ever seen. On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman sat in a dark house and dreamed of her life as a writer. She longed to follow the path her own mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had started down, but young Mary Shelley had yet to be inspired. As the night wore on, Mary grew more anxious. The next day was the deadline that her friend, the poet Lord Byron, had set for writing the best ghost story. After much talk of science and the secrets of life, Mary had gone to bed exhausted and frustrated that nothing she could think of was scary enough. But as she drifted off to sleep, she dreamed of a man that was not a man. He was a monster. This fascinating story gives readers insight into the tale behind one of the world's most celebrated novels and the creation of an indelible figure that is recognizable to readers of all ages. "Eye-catching artwork and engaging storytelling give this biography of a fascinating woman even more appeal."--Booklist
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

A Monster S Notes

Author : Laurie Sheck
ISBN : 9780307272386
Genre : Fiction
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What if Mary Shelley had not invented Frankenstein’s monster but had met him when she was a girl of eight, sitting by her mother’s grave, and he came to her unbidden? What if their secret bond left her forever changed, obsessed with the strange being whom she had discovered at a time of need? What if he were still alive in the twenty-first century? This bold, genre-defying book brings us the “monster” in his own words. He recalls how he was “made” and how Victor Frankenstein abandoned him. He ponders the tragic tale of the Shelleys and the intertwining of his life with that of Mary (whose fictionalized letters salt the narrative, along with those of her nineteenth-century intimates) in this riveting mix of fact and poetic license. He takes notes on all aspects of human striving—from the music of John Cage to robotics to the Northern explorers whose lonely quest mirrors his own—as he tries to understand the strange race that made yet shuns him, and to find his own freedom of mind. In the course of the monster’s musings, we also see Mary Shelley’s life from her childhood through her elopement with Percy Bysshe Shelley, her writing of Frankenstein, the births and deaths of her children, Shelley’s famous drowning, her widowhood, her subsequent travels and life’s work, and finally her death from a brain tumor at age fifty-four. The monster’s fierce bond with Mary and the tale of how he ended up in her fiction is a haunted, intense love story, a story of two beings who can never forget each other. A Monster’s Notes is Sheck’s most thrilling work to date, a luminous meditation on creativity and technology, on alienation and otherness, on ugliness and beauty, and on our need to be understood. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Fiction

The Magician S Land

Author : Lev Grossman
ISBN : 9781101633533
Genre : Fiction
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The stunning conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, now an original series on SYFY #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS The San Francisco Chronicle • Salon • The Christian Science Monitor • AV Club • Buzzfeed • Kirkus • NY 1 • Bustle • The Globe and Mail Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory, and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory—but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them he will have to risk sacrificing everything. The Magician’s Land is an intricate thriller, a fantastical epic, and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent conclusion, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern fantasy. It’s the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land finally becoming whole.
Category: Fiction

Rose West The Making Of A Monster

Author : Jane Carter Woodrow
ISBN : 9781848946866
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Hard to believe it looking at her now, but Rose West was an exceptionally beautiful little girl, with a Maltese mother and English father. Strangers would stop and stare at her in the street and she could entrance people from a very early age. But looking back at photos of Rose as a child, you struggle to accept that she grew up to one of the country's most notorious female criminals. In ROSE, Jane Carter Woodrow goes right back to the start in her life to try and piece together what happened to turn Rose West into the violent monster she became. Jane has gained unprecedented access to the family and has revealed a fascinating story of how there was always something 'not quite right' about Rose... And perhaps that's not too surprising... Rose's childhood reads like one of the most grim misery memoirs. Her father was a violent schizophrenic and her mother received electric shock therapy for severe clinical depression, the whole way through her pregnancy with Rose. Jane has uncovered a horrific hidden story of a twisted family and how her upbringing made her a perfect partner for Fred West when they met when Rose had just turned 16. She was to kill for the first time a few months later. This is a gripping, unputdownable read that sheds light for the first time on the story behind what turned Rose West into one of the country's most vicious and deadly serial killers.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Be A Tree

Author : Maria Gianferrari
ISBN : 1419744224
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A lyrical, gorgeously illustrated look at the majesty of trees--and what humans can learn from them Stand tall. Stretch your branches to the sun. Be a tree! We are all like trees: our spines, trunks; our skin, bark; our hearts giving us strength and support, like heartwood. We are fueled by air and sun. And, like humans, trees are social. They "talk" to spread information; they share food and resources. They shelter and take care of one another. They are stronger together. In this gorgeous and poetic celebration of one of nature's greatest creations, acclaimed author Maria Gianferrari and illustrator Felicita Sala both compare us to the beauty and majesty of trees--and gently share the ways in which trees can inspire us to be better people.
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Lady Gaga And The Remaking Of Celebrity Culture

Author : Amber L. Davisson
ISBN : 9781476603766
Genre : Music
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Lady Gaga represents both the height of celebrity and a disruption of the norms surrounding the social position. This book charts the way the pop star manages the celebrity persona in her relationships with her fans, the development of her gender identity, her parodying of other celebrities, and her navigation of the legal and economic system that make up the music industry. Much of Gaga’s ability to maintain ownership of her identity comes from her early decisions to characterize herself as a performance artist. For Gaga, this means living the persona 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gaga mimicks celebrity life in a self-conscious way that makes the mimicry apparent. Her performance of celebrity is an on-going project—despite what she may claim, she was not born this way. The excess of her celebrity is magnified by her title: Mother Monster. Historically, media narratives of celebrities, monsters, and mothers have centered on uncontrolled excesses that must be contained. Gaga adopts these personas, but refuses to submit to the containment that comes with each. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Category: Music

Beast

Author : Jessica Shope
ISBN : 9781105355080
Genre : Fairy tales
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Every rose bears a hidden thorn, and Princess Belle is no exception. After being blessed with the gifts of kindness, beauty, and music as an infant by three benevolent fairies, she also receives a curse from the duplicitous fairy Methrua: Each night at sunset Belle becomes a beast. Whisked away to Methura's castle deep in the northern woods of Kammira after a bargain is struck between her parents and the mad fairy, she awaits the day when Methura will remove the curse so that she can return home. Little does she know that her fairy guardian has yet another trick up her sleeve, and when Belle at last meets her prince not-so-charming, she realizes that her secret may prove to be more of a liability than she could have ever imagined.
Category: Fairy tales

The Routledge Handbook Of Greek Mythology

Author : Robin Hard
ISBN : 9780415186360
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This new edition is a completely rewritten and revised version of Rose's original, seminal, text. Adding a huge amount of new material, Robin Hard incorporates the results of the latest research into his authoritative accounts of all the gods and heroes. The narrative framework of the book includes helpful signposting so that the book can be used as work of reference, and alongside the narrative chapters, it includes full documentation of the ancient sources, maps, and genealogical tables. Illustrated throughout with numerous photographs and line drawings, it will remain the definitive account of ancient Greek mythology for generations to come.
Category: Literary Criticism

Cavell On Film

Author : Stanley Cavell
ISBN : 0791464326
Genre : Social Science
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Stanley Cavell's most important writings on cinema, collected together for the first time in one volume.
Category: Social Science

I Was A Monster Movie Maker

Author : Tom Weaver
ISBN : 0786462655
Genre : Performing Arts
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Phil Brown, who played Luke Skywalker's uncle in Star Wars, said, "In my long life in films, there are ones I'm proud of and those I'm not proud of. The Jungle Captive and Weird Woman fall into the latter category." House of Wax co-star Paul Picerni was fired by the film's director when he refused to put his head in a working guillotine during a climactic fight scene. Packed with wonderful tidbits, this volume collects 22 interviews with the moviemakers responsible for bringing such films as This Island Earth, The Haunting, Carnival of Souls, Pit and the Pendulum, House of Wax, Tarzan the Ape Man, The Black Cat, Them! and Invasion of the Body Snatchers to the movie screen. Faith Domergue, Michael Forest, Anne Helm, Candace Hilligoss, Suzanna Leigh, Norman Lloyd, Maureen O'Sullivan, Shirley Ulmer, Dana Wynter and many more are interviewed.
Category: Performing Arts

Mia S Recipe For Disaster

Author : Coco Simon
ISBN : 9781481418669
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Mia is excited to enter a Design-a-Dress contest, but she’s pressed for time. And when she tries to finish working on her dress during a Halloween cupcake party, it’s a recipe for disaster! When Mia reads about a Design-a-Dress contest in a magazine for “budding designers ages 12–16” she is excited. But she doesn’t realize how much work designing—and sewing—a dress truly is until she starts on her contest entry. While Mia stresses out about all the work she has to do, she and Katie have an argument about, of all things, fashion preferences! Katie offers suggestions that don’t really go with the outfit Mia has in mind. And when Mia makes (what she thinks) is an offhand joke about Katie’s fashion sense, it turns into a full-blown argument. As Mia tries to finish working on her dress during a kids’ Halloween cupcake party, she realizes that kids plus cupcakes plus silk dresses plus frosting equals a recipe for disaster!
Category: Juvenile Fiction

A Monster Like Me

Author : Wendy S. Swore
ISBN : 1629725552
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Convinced that if she looks like a monster on the outside (a blood tumor covers half of her face), she must be a monster on the inside as well, Sophie tries to find a cure before her mother finds out the truth.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Deathwish

Author : Rob Thurman
ISBN : 110101959X
Genre : Fiction
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In a nightmarish new york city, life is there for the taking in the fourth Cal Leandros novel from New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman. Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko are barely getting by with their preternatural investigative agency when the vampire Seamus hires them. He’s being followed, and he wants to know by whom. But the Leandros brothers have to do more than they planned when Seamus turns up dead (or un-undead). Worse still is the return of Cal's nightmarish family—the Auphe. The last time Cal and Niko faced them, they were almost wiped out. Now, the Auphe want revenge. And Cal knows that before they get to him, they will destroy everything and everyone he holds dear. Because, for the Auphe, Cal's pain is a pleasure. And they’re feeling good...
Category: Fiction

The Octopus Escapes

Author : Maile Meloy
ISBN : 9781984812704
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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From the bestselling author of The Apothecary series comes a poignant, lyrical tale about nature's great escape artist. The octopus is happy in his undersea cave until one day, a diver captures him and takes him to live in an aquarium. The humans give him food and tests that look like toys. But every day is the same, and the octopus soon tires of captive life. And so, under the cover of darkness, he makes his daring escape... Maile Meloy and Felicita Sala bring us a story full of excitement and heart, about the thrill of hard-won freedom and the pull of home.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

This Time Last Year

Author : Douglas Hobbie
ISBN : 9781466805965
Genre : Fiction
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Elizabeth Ash is on the run from her foundering marriage. With her sidekick, Lynn, she has fled to England for a month, where the cool air is a tonic and adventure may be at hand. Seeking solitude, Elizabeth's husband, Henry, has holed up in her sister's Vermont summerhouse to begin writing the book he hopes will transform his life. But Henry is more alone and less isolated than he bargained for: A year earlier his brother-in-law, Fitz, dropped dead in the same house. Fitz's ghost is everywhere, especially so after Henry inadvertently discovers Fitz's intimate life story stored in the Macintosh in the study.
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One Lie

Author : Marcus Wolf
ISBN : 9781469102115
Genre : Fiction
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This saga exemplifies that conflicts with personal and client relations can cause all hell to break loose in the most meticulously maintained legal career. We couldnt wait for the next chapter. Being in the legal profession, reading this was like watching a horror movie: you wanted to look away for fear it could happen to you but you were too captivated to do it. -Tim and Carol Scholl This is a truly great book and a fascinating read. I went from joy and laughter to tears and outrage. I felt like I have known these characters all my life. Also gives a lesson of life with a mistake effecting the lives of not one, but many one lie - Cindi Wagner Is One Lie a startling, honest description of the authors life OR a tale of pure erotic fiction? It is a robustly told narrative of an attorneys personal and professional life, complicated by his boundless sexual appetites. He succumbs to temptation at the drop of a hat. Descriptions of meeting and interviewing clients, wheeling and dealing with opposing counsel, preparing and appearing in Court are accurate and eye-opening to those not in the legal profession. Your voyage over the raging seas of his life will be unforgettable! The captain is Peeping Tom and the ships name is The Voyeur. - Mae Gibson Retired Secondary Educator Business Education, Speech, Drama & Journalism Nearly 50 years as a legal assistant and secretary in various law offices. I read this book as the chapters were completed And couldnt wait to get the next one! It is intriguing, shocking, erotic and truly Reveals the best & worst of small town politics. - Sue Eddleblute
Category: Fiction

I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself

Author : Jen Kirkman
ISBN : 9781476739946
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Discusses the author's choice to not have children and how it shapes and affects her comedy career, and provides humorous advice to those making similiar choices on how to handle friends and family pressuring them to have a child.
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A Girl A Boy And A Monster Cat

Author : Gail Gauthier
ISBN : 110112699X
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Sam’s house would have been the perfect place for Brandon to go after school. The big-screen TV is on all the time, and Sam is a boy. Instead, Brandon’s mom sends him to Hannah’s, where he is forced to play imaginary games in which Hannah is always the hero. Even the cat, Buttercup, gets more exciting roles than Brandon. Then a new neighbor moves in with a tiny dog who is actually quite fierce. He gives Hannah lots of material for games, but when Buttercup defends her territory with some malicious tactics, reality becomes much more exciting than fiction. With humor perfect for 2nd and 3rd graders, Gail is certain to win over this younger audience.
Category: Juvenile Fiction