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Why This World A Biography Of Clarice Lispector

Author : Benjamin Moser
ISBN : 9780199743926
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"That rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf," Clarice Lispector is one of the most popular but least understood of Latin American writers. Now, after years of research on three continents, drawing on previously unknown manuscripts and dozens of interviews, Benjamin Moser demonstrates how Lispector's development as a writer was directly connected to the story of her turbulent life. Born in the nightmarish landscape of post-World War I Ukraine, Clarice became, virtually from adolescence, a person whose beauty, genius, and eccentricity intrigued Brazil. Why This World tells how this precocious girl, through long exile abroad and difficult personal struggles, matured into a great writer. It also asserts, for the first time, the deep roots in the Jewish mystical tradition that make her the true heir to Kafka as well as the unlikely author of "perhaps the greatest spiritual autobiography of the twentieth century." From Chechelnik to Recife, from Naples and Berne to Washington and Rio de Janeiro, Why This World strips away the mythology surrounding this extraordinary figure and shows how Clarice Lispector transformed one woman's struggles into a universally resonant art.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Why This World

Author : Benjamin Moser
ISBN : 1906598428
Genre : Novelists, Brazilan / 20th century / Biography
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Born in 1920, in the landscape of post-World War 1 Ukraine, her family driven to a distant country by the fearsome pogroms that killed her mother and ruined her father, Clarice Lispector triumphed over her origins to become a person whose beauty, genius, and eccentricity intrigues all of Brazil's writers & artists.
Category: Novelists, Brazilan / 20th century / Biography

Out Of This World

Author : Holly Virginia Blackford
ISBN : 9780807744666
Genre : Education
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The author analyzes the way the girls discuss pleasure in becoming "the eye" of the reader, use film to decode the genres of literature, master forms such as fantasy and Gothic, describe the differences between reading and viewing films, and identify only with animal rather than human characters. Blackford intertwines the vivid voices of her girl respondents with her own story of moving beyond her feminist and multicultural assumptions of how children are shaped by the stories we tell in literature. This breakthrough text presents surprising findings about how girls appreciate literature and what they enjoy about reading.
Category: Education

Why Did The Chicken Cross The World

Author : Andrew Lawler
ISBN : 9781476729916
Genre : History
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Veteran journalist Andrew Lawler delivers a “fascinating and delightful…globetrotting tour” (Wall Street Journal) with the animal that has been most crucial to the spread of civilization—the chicken. In a masterful combination of historical sleuthing and journalistic adventure, veteran reporter Andrew Lawler “opens a window on civilization, evolution, capitalism, and ethics” (New York) with a fascinating account of the most successful of all cross-species relationships—the partnership between human and chicken. This “splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history” (Kirkus Reviews) explores how people through the ages embraced the chicken as a messenger of the gods, an all-purpose medicine, an emblem of resurrection, a powerful sex symbol, a gambling aid, a handy research tool, an inspiration for bravery, the epitome of evil, and, of course, the star of the world’s most famous joke. Queen Victoria was obsessed with the chicken. Socrates’s last words embraced it. Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur used it for scientific breakthroughs. Religious leaders of all stripes have praised it. Now neuroscientists are uncovering signs of a deep intelligence that offers insights into human behavior. Trekking from the jungles of southeast Asia through the Middle East and beyond, Lawler discovers the secrets behind the fowl’s transformation from a shy, wild bird into an animal of astonishing versatility, capable of serving our species’ changing needs more than the horse, cow, or dog. The natural history of the chicken, and its role in entertainment, food history, and food politics, as well as the debate raging over animal welfare, comes to light in this “witty, conversational” (Booklist) volume.
Category: History

She Q Why Women Should Mentor Men And Change The World

Author : Michele L Takei
ISBN : 9781440804076
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book takes readers on a fascinating intellectual journey that showcases SHE-Q as the next great emerging intelligence—a force that can remake the world.
Category: Business & Economics

If It S Such A Small World Then Why Have I Been Sitting On This Airplane For Twelve Hours

Author : Mad Dog
ISBN : 9781435748194
Genre : Travel
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A humorous, quirky, and unique look at the world, its people, and their cultures. Seventy-seven columns have been culled from Mad Dog's travels through the United States and the world, from a four-week coast-to-coast car trip to an extended stay on Bali, from the coronation of the Slug Queen in Eugene, Oregon to flirting with a Russian spy in Cuba. It's a view of the world as you've never seen it before.
Category: Travel

There Are Two Types Of People In This World Among Other Things

Author : Uche Nwakudu
ISBN : 9781438959016
Genre : Humor
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Here is a collection of essays and commentaries on social, political and contemporary issues written with a tinge of euphuistic, witty, and imaginative aplomb. The topics range from politics, government, war and conflict to poverty, religion, racism and marriage. The book raises some pertinent and interesting questions and attempts to answer them from an insightful, contemplative, and commonsensical standpoint. Who created God? Do God and Jesus come from the same place? Is America's demise near? Why has Osama Bin Laden vowed to destroy America? Why may he succeed? What motivates the terrorist? Is marriage a good thing? What makes a marriage work? Why has the rest of the world allowed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to fester? Why does peace remain elusive to the world? Who gains from war and conflict? What is the solution to the problem of poverty? Why do we have poor people? Why are people racist? Why are people stupid? Why do people hate each other? Have governments augured well for People? Is Democracy truly the answer? Why is there so much bitterness and rancor in the world? And much more! The book is loaded with ideas and notions intended to give vent to the contemplative mind and lift the closed and narrow minded out from the morass of age-old institutional thinking.
Category: Humor

Arguing For Atheism

Author : Robin Le Poidevin
ISBN : 9781134871124
Genre : Religion
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: Religion

Why Is That Mountain On Top Of The Y

Author : Teresa Marren
ISBN : 9781496945013
Genre : Fiction
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Imagine a world where most everything has funny consequences. Ned has many questions about why this world has the order we see every day, and what would it be like if it were just the opposite.
Category: Fiction

This World Other Worlds

Author : Maria Catedra Tomas
ISBN : 0226097153
Genre : Social Science
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The Vaqueiros de Alzada, a cattle-herding people in the Asturian mountains of Spain, have one of the highest suicide rates in Europe—and an attitude toward death that gives this statistic unusual meaning. This World, Other Worlds considers death among the Vaqueiros as a central cultural fact which reveals local ideas about the origin and destiny of humans, the relations of humans and animals, the configuration of the universe, and the nature of society. Interested chiefly in the conceptual and meaningful aspects of death, María Cátedra focuses on the cultural resources with which the Vaqueiros confront their own mortality—how they experience death and what this reveals about the way they see this world and other worlds. Applying sensitive ethnographic insight to a rich body of oral testimony, Cátedra discloses an unsuspected symbolic universe native to the Vaqueiros. Death is seen here in close, coherent relation to pain, age, and suffering; sickness and suicide, one must understand the cultural valuation of different ways of dying and the conditions under which suicides take place. To understand what it means to be a Vaqueiro is to understand how suicide can be perceived by a people as acceptable. A groundbreaking work in European ethnography, This World, Other Worlds takes symbolic analysis to a new level. In its illumination of local conceptions of death, grace, and sainthood, the book also makes a substantial contribution to the anthropology of religion.
Category: Social Science

Curing The Philosopher S Disease

Author : Richard H. Jones
ISBN : 9780761848110
Genre : Philosophy
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This book is a philosophical examination of the mysteries surrounding the foundations of science, philosophy, and religion. Much of Western philosophy and science is discussed in order to see our epistemological and metaphysical situation. The love/hate relation philosophers have with mystery is explored and the importance of mystery is reaffirmed.
Category: Philosophy

India The Third World Why

Author : Rakesh Wadhwa
ISBN : 9788185983042
Genre : Economic development
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The Thesis Of He Author`S That India Has The Capacity To Overtake The U.S.A. And Hat This Will Happen By The Year 2014. How? That Is What Is The Book Is All Above. Divided Into 3 Parts And 15 Chaptrs. Bookseller Stamp On The First Page. Without Dustjacket.
Category: Economic development

Why Does The World Stay Green

Author : TCR White
ISBN : 9780643099814
Genre : Science
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Nearly every form of life has the capacity to multiply and increase at a really astonishing rate. Think of plagues of locusts or mice. Clearly, for the vast majority of animals this does not happen, otherwise they would swamp the world and destroy all the plants. So why doesn’t it happen, and why does the world stay green? The concept explored in this book contends that animals are not controlled through predation but because plants have outwitted them, they cannot obtain enough of the food they must have to reproduce and grow. Why Does the World Stay Green? explains, in simple terms, how this comes about in nature and describes some of the many fascinating ways in which animals have evolved to cope with this usually chronic shortage of an essential resource. It is fascinating and easy-reading for anyone interested in natural history. The author, TCR White, has acted as a strong influence for the last 40 years on the ecological community, presenting confronting and at times controversial theories on the limiting role that nitrogen plays in the evolution of life. Why Does the World Stay Green? reveals this fascinating and important ecological theory.
Category: Science

Why Does The World Exist

Author : Jim Holt
ISBN : 9781847654106
Genre : Science
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'Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?' remains the most curious and most enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Moving away from the narrower paths of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking, the celebrated essayist Jim Holt now enters this fascinating debate with his broad, lively and deeply informed narrative that traces all our efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. With sly humour and a highly original personal approach Holt takes on the role of cosmological detective. Suggesting that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God and the Big Bang, he tracks down, among others, an eccentric Oxford philosopher, a Nobel Laureate physicist, a French Buddhist monk, and John Updike just before he died, to pursue this cosmic puzzle from every angle. As he pieces together a solution - while offering useful insights into time, consciousness, and eternity - he sheds fascinating new light on the meaning of existence. A New York Times bestseller on first publication, this new paperback edition provides a much-needed new take on history's greatest conundrum, in the vein of previous bestsellers like Michael Brooks' 13 Things that Don't Make Sense.
Category: Science

Why Ethics

Author : Robert Gibbs
ISBN : 9780691009636
Genre : Philosophy
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Robert Gibbs presents here an ambitious new theory of ethics. Drawing on a striking combination of intellectual traditions, including Jewish thought, continental philosophy, and American pragmatism, Gibbs argues that ethics is primarily concerned with responsibility and is not--as philosophers have often assumed--principally a matter of thinking about the right thing to do and acting in accordance with the abstract dictates of reason or will. More specifically, ethics is concerned with attending to others' questions and bearing responsibility for what they do. Gibbs builds this innovative case by exploring the implicit responsibilities in a broad range of human interactions, paying especially close attention to the signs that people give and receive as they relate to each other. Why Ethics? starts by examining the simple actions of listening and speaking, reading and writing, and by focusing on the different responsibilities that each action entails. The author discusses what he describes as the mutual responsibilities implicit in the actions of reasoning, mediating, and judging. He assesses the relationships among ethics, pragmatics, and Jewish philosophy. The book concludes by looking at the relation of memory and the immemorial, emphasizing the need to respond for past actions by confessing, seeking forgiveness, and making reconciliations. In format, Gibbs adopts a Talmudic approach, interweaving brief citations from primary texts with his commentary. He draws these texts from diverse thinkers and sources, including Levinas, Derrida, Habermas, Rosenzweig, Luhmann, Peirce, James, Royce, Benjamin, Maimonides, the Bible, and the Talmud. Ranging over philosophy, literary theory, social theory, and historiography, this is an ambitious and provocative work that holds profound lessons for how we think about ethics and how we seek to live responsibly.
Category: Philosophy

Why God Created The World

Author : Ben Stevens
ISBN : 9781612917658
Genre : Religion
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It is entirely possible that God could have existed without the universe, and without humans, for all eternity. But for some reason, He decided to create anyway. What inspired Him to start the human story in the first place, and how should the answer to that question affect the way we view our lives? Few Christians ever stop to seriously consider these deepest-of-all deep questions. Jonathan Edwards explains, in his original dissertation: God’s inherent predisposition to spread out His truth, goodness, and beauty motivates everything He does. So, His decision to create our universe was motivated not by a desire or need for us, but by a desire to glorify Himself. Ben Stevens’ remarkable new adaptation brings Edwards’ powerful arguments to life in fresh, contemporary language. In addition, thought-provoking questions for discussion or reflection invite readers to engage with the concepts and begin to apply them.
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Why Did World War I Happen

Author : R. G. Grant
ISBN : 9781433949005
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Includes firsthand speeches, letters, diary entries, and other primary source materials that give the reasons this unforgettable event unfolded as it did, this book tells about World War I.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction