TRUE TALES OF AMERICAN LIFE

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True Tales Of American Life

Author : Paul Auster
ISBN : 9780571266784
Genre : History
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Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180 stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published. The collection that has emerged provides a richly varied and authentic voice for the American people, whose lives, loves, griefs, regrets, joys and sense of humour are vividly and honestly recounted throughout, and adeptly organised by Auster into themed sections. The section composed of war stories stretches as far back as the Civil War, still the defining moment in American history; while the sequence of 'Meditations' conclude the volume with a true and abiding sense of transcendence. The resultant anthology is both an enduring hymn to the strange everyday of contemporary American life and a masterclass in the art of storytelling.
Category: History

True Tales Of American Violence

Author : Chris Pfouts
ISBN : 0873647424
Genre : Social Science
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This book chronicles the reality of violence in America, from what today is considered commonplace - muggings, brawls, friendly arguments gone bad - to the far fringes of real-life mayhem - a bombing, a run-in with a satanic cult, a prison rape. By reading these gripping true stories, you can understand how to avoid all types of sudden, random violence.
Category: Social Science

I Thought My Father Was God

Author : Paul Auster
ISBN : 9781466828995
Genre : Literary Collections
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One of America's foremost writers collects the best stories submitted to NPR's popular monthly show--and illuminates the powerful role storytelling plays in all our lives When Paul Auster and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered introduced The National Story Project, the response was overwhelming. Not only was the monthly show a critical success, but the volume of submissions was astounding. Letters, emails, faxes poured in on a daily basis- more than 4,000 of them by the time the project celebrated its first birthday. Everyone, it seemed, had a story to tell. I Thought My Father Was God gathers 180 of these personal, true-life accounts in a single, powerful volume. They come from people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. Half of the contributors are men; half are women. They live in cities, suburbs, and rural areas, and they come from 42 different states. Most of the stories are short, vivid bits of narrative, combining the ordinary and the extraordinary, and most describe a single incident in the writer's life. Some are funny, like the story of how a Ku Klux Klan member's beloved dog rushed out into the street during the annual KKK parade and unmasked his owner as the whole town looked on. Some are mysterious, like the story of a woman who watched a white chicken walk purposefully down a street in Portland, Oregon, hop up some porch steps, knock on the door-and calmly enter the house. Many involve the closing of a loop, like the one about the woman who lost her mother's ashes in a burglary and recovered them five years later from the mortuary of a local church. Hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies, premonitions, sorrows, pains, dreams-this singular collection encompasses an extraordinary range of settings, time periods, and subjects. A testament to the important role storytelling plays in all our lives, I Thought My Father Was God offers a rare glimpse into the American soul.
Category: Literary Collections

Murder

Author : Sara L. Knox
ISBN : IND:30000056856655
Genre : Social Science
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An analysis of American murder narratives across a number of genres including novels, sociological texts and true crime accounts.
Category: Social Science

A Treasury Of Great American Scandals

Author : Michael Farquhar
ISBN : 0142001929
Genre : History
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Presents a witty collection of the most outrageous, scandalous, and offbeat events in American history takes a close-up look at the misdeeds and misbehavior of America's founding fathers, including infamous sex scandals, treacherous parents and ungrateful children, instances of insanity, unexplained deaths, and more. Original.
Category: History

The Bye Bye Man

Author : Robert Damon Schneck
ISBN : 9781101993361
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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The True Story behind the Terrifying Movie Don't think of his name... In 1990, three college students spent a long Wisconsin winter experimenting with a Ouija board; it turned out to be the deadliest mistake of their lives. The board brought them into contact with a psychic serial killer, known only as the Bye Bye Man. Learning his name makes you vulnerable, but thinking about it draws the Bye Bye Man to you. He is a relentless traveler, moving night and day, coming ever closer until the shrill sound of a steady whistle announces his arrival. He might turn up outside your bedroom door, speaking in the voice of a trusted friend, someone who would never hurt you… Here is the authentically terrifying, true-life story recounted by historian Robert Damon Schneck in a chapter of his classic underground collection of weird Americana, which formed the basis for the major motion picture, The Bye Bye Man. This unsettling tale is accompanied by seven more chapters of twisted history, and includes the author’s new afterword, “Searching for The Bye Bye Man.” From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Her Stories

Author : Virginia Hamilton
ISBN : 0590473700
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A collection of twenty-five African-American folktales focuses on strong female characters and includes "Little Girl and Bruh Rabby," "Catskinella," and "Annie Christmas." By the author of The People Could Fly.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Hero Tales From American Life

Author : Francis Trevelyan-Miller
ISBN : 1589636570
Genre : History
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This book of a hundred hero tales is drawn from the thousands of incidents of courage and bravery with which American history is inspired - tales that are close to the human heart and which bring with them the glow of manhood and womanhood. Not alone the heroism in great crises, but the tragic tests of courage in the average man and woman - the heroism of everyday life. It is not the intent of this book to record history or biography, but to tell true stories that grip the heart - stories of real Americans who have lived, and many of them died, under the American flag - the ensign of Liberty that makes heroes. There has been no desire to select or nominate the hundred most heroic characters in American history, but rather to relate a hundred thrilling incidents from American life, past and present, that make one proud to be an American.
Category: History