A Lesson Before Dying

Author: Ernest J. Gaines

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375702709

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Grant Wiggins, a college-educated man who returns to his hometown to teach, forms an unlikely bond with Jefferson, a young Black man convicted of murder and sentenced to death, when he is asked to impart his learning and pride to the condemned man

Reading Oprah

How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791462584

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 164

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An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.

The Oprah Phenomenon

Author: Jennifer Harris,Elwood Watson

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813159946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Her image is iconic: Oprah Winfrey has built an empire on her ability to connect with and inspire her audience. No longer just a name, "Oprah" has become a brand representing the talk show host's unique style of self-actualizing individualism. The cultural and economic power wielded by Winfrey merits critical evaluation. The contributors to The Oprah Phenomenon examine the origins of her public image and its substantial influence on politics, entertainment, and popular opinion. Contributors address praise from her many supporters and weigh criticisms from her detractors. Winfrey's ability to create a feeling of intimacy with her audience has long been cited as one of the foundations of her popularity. She has repeatedly made national headlines by engaging and informing her audience with respect to her personal relationships to race, gender, feminism, and New Age culture. The Oprah Phenomenon explores these relationships in detail. At the root of Winfrey's message to her vast audience is her assertion that anyone can be a success regardless of background or upbringing. The contributors scrutinize this message: What does this success entail? Is the motivation behind self-actualization, in fact, merely the hope of replicating Winfrey's purchasing power? Is it just a prescription to buy the products she recommends and heed the advice of people she admires, or is it a lifestyle change of meaningful spiritual benefit? The Oprah Phenomenon asks these and many other difficult questions to promote a greater understanding of Winfrey's influence on the American consciousness.

Now Read this Two

Author: Nancy Pearl

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563088674

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Offers an annotated listing of 1,000 acclaimed or award-winning novels, each with a plot summary, indication of suitability for a discussion group, list of subject headings, and recommendations for similar titles.

African American Male, Writing, and Difference, The

A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History

Author: W. Lawrence Hogue

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791487008

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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Argues that African American literature must take into account the rich diversity of African American life and culture.


Zwischenstop in Idlewild

Roman

Author: Pearl Cleage

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783929823752

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Page: 272

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Auf dem Weg in ein neues Leben in San Francisco macht Ava, die erfahren hat, dass sie HIV-positiv ist, Station bei ihrer Schwester in Idlewild, dem Ort ihrer Kindheit. Sie ahnt nicht, was und wer sie erwartet.

Reading with Oprah

The Book Club that Changed America

Author: Kathleen Rooney

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781557287823

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Extensive research and an engaging narrative style untangle the myths and presuppositions surrounding the Oprah Book Club and reveal its complex and far-reaching cultural influence, confronting head-on how the club became a crucible for the heated clash between "high" and "low" literary taste, with the most extensive analysis yet of the Oprah Winfrey-Jonathan Franzen contretemps.

Novel voices

Author: Jennifer Levasseur,Kevin Rabalais

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582972459

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 266

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This collection provides a rare glimpse into the writing lives of 15 contemporary authors, including Charles Baxter, Elizabeth McCracken, and Charles Johnson. How-to sidebars on improving prose and breaking into publishing guide readers in getting a jump start on publication.

My Grandpa and the Haint

Author: Ernest J. Gaines

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101969903

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

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A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Selection The fish are nearly jumping in the bayous of Louisiana, but hoodoo magic is just as easy to find. And one day, Bobby’s grandfather catches a haint. With his characteristically rich sense of place and deep understanding of the human psyche, Ernest Gaines, National Book Critics Circle Award winner and author of the classic novel A Lesson Before Dying, presents a raconteur’s tale of rustic Southern living, A selection from Gaines’s collection of prose, Mozart and Leadbelly. An eBook short.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Author: Ernest J. Gaines

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 030783025X

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in The Sound And The Fury." Miss Jane Pittman, like Dilsey, has 'endured,' has seen almost everything and foretold the rest. Gaines' novel brings to mind other great works The Odyssey for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story in it all." -- Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek. "Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that excludes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry. And I can recall no more memorable female character in Southern fiction since Lena of Faulkner's Light In August than Miss Jane Pittman." -- Josh Greenfeld, Life

Jet

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: African Americans

Page: N.A

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Sag, dass du eine von ihnen bist

Author: Uwem Akpan

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518777009

Category: Fiction

Page: 367

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»Sei ein gutes Mädchen, geh aus dem Haus und komm nicht zurück.« Shenge, neun Jahre alt, ist ein gutes Mädchen. Sie verläßt ihr zerstörtes Elternhaus, das nie wieder Zuflucht sein kann. Das Haus, in dem sie erfahren hat, was es heißt, in Geborgenheit und Liebe aufzuwachsen. Und in dem sie nun gelernt hat, was blanker Haß aus den Menschen gemacht hat, die sie liebt. Shenge ist eines der afrikanischen Kinder, denen Uwem Akpan in seinen Geschichten eine Stimme gibt. Sie erleben unvorstellbares Leid, grausame, erschütternde Szenen. Akpan erzählt vom Aufwachsen auf einem Kontinent, der an vielen Stellen vor Haß und Mord bebt, in dem die harte Realität alptraumhaftem Horror gleicht. Seine jungen Protagonisten müssen hilflos zusehen – doch ihre Widerstandskraft und ihr Überlebenswille lassen sie durchhalten in dieser Welt, in der die ›falsche‹ Hautfarbe oder der ›falsche‹ Glaube den Tod bedeuten. Akpan führt uns mitten hinein in das krisengeschüttelte Herz Afrikas, in dem das Recht des Stärkeren mehr zählt als Menschlichkeit. Er erzählt voller Mitgefühl von diesen jungen, verlorenen Seelen, schaut durch ihre Augen wie noch kein anderer Autor und schafft intensive sprachliche Bilder.

The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors

Author: Laura Miller,Adam Begley

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 455

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Profiles and critiques over two hundred contemporary authors, and includes the authors' suggested reading lists and essays on such topics as post-modern fiction and war novels.


Um Leben und Tod

Ein Hirnchirurg erzählt vom Heilen, Hoffen und Scheitern - Ein SPIEGEL-Buch

Author: Henry Marsh

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641153700

Category: Medical

Page: 368

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Bekenntnisse eines Hirnchirurgen Wie arbeitet ein Hirnchirurg? Wie fühlt es sich an, in das Organ zu schneiden, mit dem Menschen denken und träumen? Wie geht man damit um, wenn das Leben eines Patienten von der eigenen Heilkunst abhängt? Und wie, wenn man scheitert? Mehr noch als in anderen Bereichen der Medizin ist es in der Hirnchirurgie so gut wie unmöglich, nie einem Patienten zu schaden, denn Operationen am Innersten des Menschen sind immer mit unkalkulierbaren Risiken verbunden. Henry Marsh, einer der besten Neurochirurgen Großbritanniens, erzählt beeindruckend offen, selbstkritisch und humorvoll von den Ausnahmesituationen, die seinen Arbeitsalltag ausmachen. Seine Geschichten handeln vom Heilen und Helfen, vom Hoffen und Scheitern, von fatalen Fehlern und von der Schwierigkeit, die richtige Entscheidung zu treffen.

Religion as Entertainment

Author: Charles Kevin Robertson

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780820456546

Category: Religion

Page: 301

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In this collection of essays, religion in the United States is explored in terms of its interaction with an entertainment-focused culture. The first half of the book addresses questions of how religion actually fulfills an &la" entertaining role in society, focusing on lay participation in faith communities, the goals and impact of preaching the rise of non-traditional religions and attraction of meditation in recent years, and the question of whether bigger crowds are always better. The second half of the book focuses on how religion is treated in various entertainment media, including film, music, television, and literature. Contents: Wade Clark Roof: Foreword - C.K. Robertson: Introduction - Michael Rusk: The Great Awakening: American Religion Comes of Age - Douglas C. Mohrmann: Megachurch, Virtual Church - Thomas Hobel: From Spectators to Participants: The Role of the Laity - Donald Heet: Preaching: Entertaining or Entertainment? - John W. Gamble: When East Meets West: The Rise of Meditation - Robert Viau: Cult Multiculturalism in the Deep South: From Alienation to Alien Nations - Stuart Brooks Keith III: It's Not That Simple: A Survey of Televangelism - B.J. Oropeza: The Toronto Blessing and the Future of Revivalism - James McGrath: Religion, But Not as We Know It: Spirituality and Sci-Fi - Kathryn McClymond: The Gospel According to Oprah: A Canon for Contemporary Living - Teresa Blythe: The God of Prime-Time Television - C.K. Robertson: Ministers in the Movies - Amy Burt: Amazing Graceland: Elvis and the Story of Gospel Music - S. Clark Heindel: It's Only Rock and Roll - C.K. Robertson: Conclusion: Entertaining Religion.

Managing Literacy, Mothering America

Women's Narratives on Reading and Writing in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Sarah Robbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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Sarah Robbins identifies and defines a new genre in American letters—the domestic literacy narrative—and provides a cultural history of its development throughout the nineteenth century.