A Virtuous Woman

A Novel

Author: Kaye Gibbons

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1565127005

Category: Fiction

Page: 168

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A “vivid, unsentimental, powerful” portrait of a Southern marriage by the New York Times–bestselling author of Ellen Foster (Publishers Weekly). “She hasn’t been dead four months and I’ve already eaten to the bottom of the deep freeze. I even ate the green peas. Used to I wouldn’t turn my hand over for green peas . . .” Ruby Stokes has died too young and left her husband, Blinking Jack, behind. With alternating entries from each of them, A Virtuous Woman recounts the tale of their years together in an “exquisitely realised piece of writing” (Elizabeth Buchan, The Mail on Sunday). From their very different backgrounds—Ruby a daughter of wealth, Jack a penniless tenant farmer—to their relationships with their landlord and his family, and the strength they drew from each other in the face of hardship, this story of a marriage is “full of fantastically gritty metaphors . . . A book that will change your dreams” (The Observer). “Gibbons again flawlessly reproduces the humor and idiom of rural eastern North Carolina.” —Library Journal

Oprah Winfrey Speaks

Insights from the World's Most Influential Voice

Author: Janet Lowe

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471399940

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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A flattering rags-to-riches portrait of Oprah Winfrey traces her rise to superstardom, using interviews, articles, and newscasts to follow her fascinating life. Reprint.

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.

Love Warrior

Wie ich von der Selbstzerstörung in die Selbstliebe fand

Author: Glennon Doyle Melton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783957360960

Category:

Page: 272

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The Oprah Affect

Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr,Jaime Harker

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791476161

Category: Social Science

Page: 347

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Essays explore the broad cultural impact of Oprah’s Book Club.

The World Is Our Home

Society and Culture in Contemporary Southern Writing

Author: Jeffrey J. Folks,Nancy Summers Folks

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 081316155X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

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Since the early 1970s southern fiction has been increasingly attentive to social issues, including the continuing struggles for racial justice and gender equality, the loss of a sense of social community, and the decline of a coherent regional identity. The essays in The World Is Our Home focus on writers who have explicitly addressed social and cultural issues in their fiction and drama, including Dorothy Allison, Horton Foote, Ernest J. Gaines, Jill McCorkle, Walker Percy, Lee Smith, William Styron, Alice Walker, and many others. The contributors provide valuable insights into the transformation of southern culture over the past thirty years and probe the social and cultural divisions that persist. The collection makes an important case for the centrality of social critique in contemporary southern fiction.

Das geträumte Land

Roman

Author: Imbolo Mbue

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462315889

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Die große neue Stimme aus den USA Imbolo Mbues hochgelobtes Debüt erzählt die unvergessliche Geschichte zweier Familien unterschiedlicher Herkunft, die in New York kurz vor der Bankenkrise aufeinandertreffen. Die Lehman-Brothers-Pleite bringt nicht nur ihr Leben, sondern auch ihr Wertesystem gehörig durcheinander. Jende Jonga hat es endlich geschafft, seine Frau und seinen kleinen Sohn aus Kamerun nach Amerika zu holen. Das Glück scheint komplett, als Jende den Job als Chauffeur von Clark Edwards, einem Manager der Lehmann Brothers Bank, ergattert. Und Mrs Edwards engagiert Jendes Frau sogar als Haus- und Kindermädchen in ihrem Sommerhaus in den Hamptons. Die beiden Familien könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein und wollen doch dasselbe: ihren Kindern eine gute Zukunft bieten. Allerdings ist das Leben der Bankerfamilie längst nicht so perfekt und glamourös, wie es zunächst scheint. Als Lehman Brothers pleitegeht, ist die Fassade nicht mehr aufrechtzuerhalten. Die Jongas versuchen verzweifelt, Jendes Job zu retten – auch um den Preis ihrer Ehe. Das Leben der beiden Paare wird dramatisch auf den Kopf gestellt und Jende sieht sich gezwungen, eine unmögliche Entscheidung zu treffen. Ein hochaktueller, brillant geschriebener Roman über Familie, Immigration, Heimat und Gesellschaft, der uns alle angeht.

Der Sterne Lauf

Roman

Author: Elizabeth Berg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442450411

Category:

Page: 286

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Samantha, 42, Mutter und Hausfrau, wird von ihrem Mann verlassen und muss sich ein neues Leben aufbauen. Sie sucht Untermieter für ihr Haus und nimmt diverse Jobs an. Dabei lernt sie den sympathischen, übergewichtigen King kennen.

Kaye Gibbons

A Literary Companion

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786429431

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 371

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"This literary companion has information about characters, plots, dates, allusions, literary motifs, and themes from the bestselling author's works. After an annotated chronology of Gibbons' life, the work presents 103 A-Z entries. Appendices offer an his

Language, Gender, and Community in Late Twentieth-Century Fiction

American Voices and American Identities

Author: M. Hurst

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230118267

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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Drawing on critical frameworks, this study establishes the centrality of language, gender, and community in the quest for identity in contemporary American fiction. Close readings of novels by Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Ann Beattie, John Updike, Chang-rae Lee, and Rudolfo Anaya, among others, show how individuals find their American identities.

Wild (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition)

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307962814

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection: This special eBook edition of Cheryl Strayed’s national best seller, Wild, features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch

Behold the Dreamers: An Oprah’s Book Club pick

Author: Imbolo Mbue

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008158134

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK A powerful and timely story of marriage, class, race and the pursuit of the American Dream. Behold the Dreamers is a dazzling debut novel about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and of what we’re prepared to sacrifice to hold on to each of them.

Focus

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work

Author: Brian Jones

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140673

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: N.A

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Presents an alphabetical reference guide detailing the lives and works of authors associated with the English-language fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

American Women Achievers, Grades 3 - 5

High-Interest Nonfiction

Author: Kathryn Wheeler

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

ISBN: 1604185783

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Invite students of varying reading levels in grades 3–5 to enjoy 40 high-interest biographies using American Woman Achievers. Each text is presented at two reading levels, and each version of the text includes a set of comprehension questions and a bonus activity. Comprehension skills include finding the main idea, reading for details, sequencing, using context clues, and drawing conclusions. This 128-page book has mixed-format questions, writing extensions, an assessment grid, and reproducible pages. It supports NCSS standards and aligns with state, national, and Canadian provincial standards.

The Late Age of Print

Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

Author: Ted Striphas

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519648

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Ted Striphas argues that, although the production and propagation of books have undoubtedly entered a new phase, printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and a host of other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com have established new routes of traffic in and around books, and pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book industry with extraordinary threats and unique opportunities. Striphas's provocative analysis offers a counternarrative to those who either triumphantly declare the end of printed books or deeply mourn their passing. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption, integrating themselves into our routines and intellects like never before.

African American Achievers, Grades 3 - 5

High-Interest Nonfiction

Author: Kathryn Wheeler

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

ISBN: 160418339X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Invite students of varying reading levels in grades 3–5 to enjoy 40 high-interest biographies using African American Achievers. Each text is presented at two reading levels, and each version of the text includes a set of comprehension questions and a bonus activity. Comprehension skills include finding the main idea, reading for details, sequencing, using context clues, and drawing conclusions. This 128-page book includes mixed-format questions, writing extensions, an assessment grid, and reproducible pages. It supports NCSS standards and aligns with state, national, and Canadian provincial standards.


Charms for the Easy Life

Author: Kaye Gibbons

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9780785727446

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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In the rigid South, less-than-typical household and lifestyle puts these three generations of North Carolina women in conflict with society, the men in their lives and often, each other.

The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster

Author: Kaye Gibbons

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547541430

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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The triumphant return of the New York Times bestselling novel’s orphaned heroine—“the Southern Holden Caulfield . . . the female Huck Finn” (Bookmarks Magazine). Ellen Foster, fifteen years old, formidable, and back in North Carolina with a loving new foster mother, has written to the president of Harvard, asking for early admission. Having already crammed a lot of tragedy, adversity, and trauma into her young years, surely she’s due something. In the meantime, she’s got a lot on her plate: composing poetry and selling it to classmates; trying to tactfully back away from a marriage proposal from her best friend; administering compassion to a slow-witted neighbor who’s found herself pregnant; and planning ahead for a writing camp for the gifted. Fueled by an indomitable spirit, undeterred by a naiveté she refuses to acknowledge, and patiently waiting on word from Mr. Derek Bok about her admission to the Ivy League, Ellen is going to continue to cram, while plotting her own deliverance from a town she knows in her heart she’s outgrown. Alice Hoffman, in The New York Times Book Review, said Ellen Foster “may be the most trustworthy character in recent fiction.” After her debut in Kaye Gibbons’s Ellen Foster— awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a special citation from the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, and chosen for Oprah Winfrey’s book club—Ellen returns in this unforgettable sequel.